The Batman: 7 Challenges Matt Reeves Must Overcome

6. Living Up To Nolan’s Trilogy

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This may be slightly unfair but there’s no avoiding the huge Nolan-shaped shadow that will loom over Batman until the moment someone outdoes his work. And frankly, that isn't going to happen any time soon.

Reeves’ effort will mark the first solo appearance of Batman since The Dark Knight Rises and in the absence of other, blander heroes to make him look better, this is going to be a real test of whether this version of the character will stand up to closer scrutiny.

While he can take cues from Nolan’s work, the real challenge is to differentiate Batman’s narrative – giving him a mission that doesn’t just re-tread old ground but reinvents it. There’s certainly a lot of potential for this, Ben Affleck has proved himself to be up to the task of playing Bruce Wayne and given the scrutiny it's already gone through, there’s a high chance that there will be a great story for Reeves to capture.

Let's just hope the good isn't immediately swallowed up by keyboard warriors immediately proclaiming it not as good as Nolan's work no matter what.


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