Almost two years since Matt Reeves was first announced as the director behind DC's long gestating Batman reboot, the project is finally entering first gear. First, Reeves spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about what kind of Batman film he wants to make, and then shortly after Deadline reported that Ben Affleck would no longer be involved in the project, with WB now intent on casting a younger actor in the role.
Due to release in 2021, this new Batman film will showcase the Dark Knight early on in his crimefighting career, with Reeves particularly keen on showcasing the character's noir elements first and foremost. That's really exciting to hear, especially since, by the director's own admission, most Batman films have really strayed away from that aspect of the character, despite most of his best stories revolving around him solving a given mystery.
"It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale... it's more Batman in his detective mode than we've seen in the films... he's supposed to be the world's greatest detective, and that's not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been."
Reeves' desires for the film - quoted above - sound absolutely brilliant, and though Deadline claim Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's Year One is among his favourite stories, they also note that the film will not be based on that comic.
So, what comics should the director look to instead? There are so many to choose from, but there are also a select few that would really play to his vision of Batman as he should be - the world's greatest detective.