When news broke that Ben Affleck would no longer be directing a Batman film, fans were nervous that this could lead to the star moving away from the DC Extended Universe entirely. Matt Reeves stepped in to take over leadership duties on the film, coming off the hugely successful Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, assuaging many fans' fears. Luckily, fans aren't the only ones breathing sighs of relief, as Reeves revealed just how well his partnership is going with Warner Bros.
Speaking with Variety, Reeves revealed of his partnership with the huge studio, "Let’s put it this way. I’ve never worked with them, but my experience with them so far has been really good. As I describe what I want to do, they seem really excited. So it's the beginning of a journey."
With big budget projects under his belt like Apes and Cloverfield, the director clearly isn't intimidated.
"When I came in to do Apes, I had no idea, I had never made a studio film like that before. Even Cloverfield, though it came out through Paramount, was not really a studio film. Bad Robot had final cut so it was like making an indie, and so they were just really supportive and released the movie so it wasn’t really a studio film," Reeves revealed.
He continued, "These two movies, I’ve been able to make exactly the movie I wanted to make. Whatever flaws are in there are in some way we weren’t able to achieve something, I wasn’t able to pull something off, we didn’t have enough time, or whatever it is. It is also not something where I look back and go, ‘That damn studio compromise.’ So I think there’s a way in which you can work with a studio."
Although he might have made big budget films before, every studio is different, but things already sound promising.
"I’ve never worked with any studio other than Fox, so it's going to be an exploration for me," Reeves confessed. "I’m excited to say that thus far they seem really excited about it and I suppose if we should ever come to an impasse then we’d have to resolve it one way or another. I’m very hopeful and positive about it."
The director also went on to explain his excitement to explore Batman, detailing, “What I see in Batman that I find so interesting is that, in a way, he reminds me of [War for the Planet of the Apes'] Caesar, in that he is a character with a really troubled past who is grappling within himself to try to do the right thing in a really imperfect world, in a corrupt world."
He concludes, "That provides an opportunity, again, if you want to take that point-of-view storytelling — and I can imagine the story as being like a noir. The originals from the golden age were detective stories. I think if you can marry that with the personal, there’s a chance to do something very exciting.”