The Batman: 4 ways Matt Reeves can make his trilogy feel fresh

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The Batman director Matt Reeves and lead actor Robert Pattinson have the chance to take the Dark Knight to places no Batman film has gone before, kind of.

Filming hasn’t begun yet, but Matt Reeves’ The Batman already has fans and media outlets buzzing. Warner Bros. and Walter Hamada understand the value Batman holds. The Dark Knight warrants attention and is always a polarizing topic when it comes to casting.

Since 1966, we’ve had nine different actors play the role of Batman throughout 13 feature films (animated and live-action) in which the character played a major role. The Batman director Matt Reeves and Batfleck replacement Robert Pattinson are reportedly signed on for a trilogy.

Thankfully, even with Batman’s cinematic history, there’s still meat left on the bone. Matt Reeves has a chance to make his trilogy to feel fresh, and he’s already taken the first step to making that happen.

4. The World’s Greatest Detective

Those of us obsessed with the development of The Batman know what Matt Reeves’ plans are. It’s been reported over the years that he plans to highlight arguably Batman’s greatest strength: his detective skills.

Highlighting Batman’s ability to solve crime is something we haven’t seen, which is surprising considering the amount of attention put on his ability to do so in the pages of DC Comics.

In fact, check out some comic book threads and you’ll see the fanfare behind Batman’s intellect. Many have argued, for better or worse, that no one does better with “prep-time” than Batman.

Not only is Matt Reeves planning to highlight a strength we haven’t seen depicted on-screen but, as he explained to THR, he’ll do so in a noir-film format that made films like Devil in a Blue Dress, Out Of Sight and Drive so great:

"“[The Batman] is very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale… It’s told very squarely on his shoulders… a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films.”"

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy had a noir film feel to it, but it wasn’t as hardcore as Reeves’ film promises. Another way Reeves can differ from his predecessors is delivering a hero that’s just as iconic.