The Batman: How Matt Reeves’ vision changes everything

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Batman – The World’s Greatest Detective

Since taking over The Batman a couple of years ago, Matt Reeves has consistently expressed his script takes the hero beyond the suit and utility belt. Bruce Wayne’s gifted detective skills are what fans believe makes him capable of defeating almost anyone. When talking about Batman battling any hero there’s only one question that gets asked: “With or without prep time?” It’s an aspect of the Bat we haven’t seen play out on the big screen.

Matt Reeves understands the importance of Batman’s detective skills. In fact, according to Reeves’ interview with Deadline, he wants to not only exploit the emotions of Bruce Wayne, but also his detective skills:

"“I’m just excited to be focused on a tale that’s defying for him (Batman) and is very personal to him, but at the same time, we’re really–obviously we’re not doing any origin tales or anything like that –but definitely Batman, emotional, and him being the world’s greatest detective.”"

We’ve witnessed Reeves take audiences inside the minds of characters. For example, Let Me In is a horror film that takes the boy meets girl narrative and flips it on its head. There’s also Planet of the Apes’ Caesar, who Reeves compared to the Dark Knight during an interview with EW:

"“Batman and Caesar grapple with internal struggles in an imperfect world… Batman was something from my childhood that I’ve always connected to and that I see as a great opportunity to use genre to explore something that feels real and grounded.”"

A grounded, film noir, detective version of the character is unique to say the least. We know it isn’t going to be another origin story. So, there’s a chance Ben Affleck could reprise his role, but he should he?