When you hear about a studio and their directors getting along, you can only get a smile on your face, especially if that film and studio happens to be The Batman and the studio is Warner Bros. Matt Reeves is getting high praise for his work on the third installment of the new Apes franchise with War of the Planet of the Apes starring Andy Serkis.
….is anyone else hoping Andy Serkis gets cast as someone or something in The Batman?
I digress. With Reeves recently interviewing with Variety about how the process is going for he and the studio it seems to be going well with Reeves having to say this about the process:
I certainly hope so. 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 its the beginning of a journey. 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. 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. I’ve never worked with any studio other than Fox, so its going to be an exploration for me. 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.
With the trajectory going up for WB thanks to the success of Wonder Woman, hopefully that means the studio realizes they can let good directors whom they hire make the movies they need too in order for their process to flourish. Since Reeves is going a seriously noir, crime mystery angle with his Batman, you can expect how he made Apes to be seen in The Batman which means a bountiful amount of emotional depth to all characters and their respective conflicts at hand and we all know Batman has plenty of those to go around.
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