In an era of pre-planned sequels, sagas and cinematic universes, the initial entry point is often overlooked as studios rush to find an Avengers sized success. But for Matt Reeves, director of War for the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming Batman film, getting that first story right is “vital.”
As the director told Fandago, he has the idea for a trio of Batman movies, but “the important thing is just to start… you have to start with one.” Comparing it to the way the Apes films came together, he continued, “I would be lying if I could tell you that the arcs of Apes was already planned out, because it simply wasn’t; it’s one of those things where that character was so potent, and the possibility was embedded from the beginning, but exactly how you’ve got from A to Z is not something that existed.”
Reeves came to that series in its second installment and rebuilt the planned Apes sequel into Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, letting the central Ape character, Caesar, guide him to the realized story.
“I would say that that more relates to the way that I see a Batman story, is a kind of ambition for a series of stories,” he added.
After the intertwined nature of the Dark Knight trilogy, I think the Batman earned the right to move into a series of adventures without a centralized narrative; kind of like the James Bond movies of old. But then, I’ve always wanted to see a Batman film in which he was a detective and not tortured by his duality. Sometimes a threat can just be external. Then again, exploring an idea like Batman and Son on the big screen might be worth the effort as well — even if Superman Returns screwed up the notion of superhero paternity.
Meanwhile, War for the Planet of the Apes opens on July 14th and I couldn’t be more excited.