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The Batman is almost a horror movie, says director Matt Reeves

The Batman promises to be an even scarier version of the DC superhero than audiences have ever seen before, with director Matt Reeves even going so far as to describe the comic book release as “almost a horror movie”. . By speaking with Filmmaker’s Magazinethe filmmaker lists the different genres that The Batman drops in, with the horror at the top, and explains why the film had to rely more on the character’s famous detective skills.

“This idea of ​​a corrupt place, and you’re trying to swim against it to fight it and make a difference, is the epitome of Batman. And at the center of these dark stories is almost always the detective, not right? And that’s why he’s the greatest detective in the world. And so this story is, in addition to being almost a horror movie, a thriller and an action movie, it’s also a detective story. It’s very narrative.”

Batman has often leaned somewhat into horror storytelling, with the vigilante himself aiming to strike fear into the hearts of criminals, but based on footage released so far The Batman, as well as Matt Reeves’ description, this will be the first film to lean so heavily into the genre. Elements of previous Batman films, such as Heath Ledger’s Joker and Danny DeVito’s Penguin, could easily be described as having horror tendencies, but from the start, The Batman has been compared to horror classics like Se7frsuggesting Reeves will put that front and center.

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Matt Reeves will thread horror into every part of The Batman, with the filmmaker previously revealing that the iconic Batmobile will be inspired by the 1983 horror film Christine and genre icon Stephen King. “He has to come out of the shadows to intimidate, so I thought of it almost like Stephen King’s Christine,” Reeves explained. “I liked the idea of ​​the car itself as a horror figure, making an animal appearance to really scare the people that Batman is chasing.”

The film’s main villain, The Riddler, also promises to be the scariest portrayal of a DC supervillain to ever grace the silver screen. Actor Paul Dano, who will portray Edward Nashton AKA The Riddler in The Batman, has since revealed that the infamous cryptic criminal is partly based on the real-life horror The Zodiac Killer. “I loved how grounded and big this film is,” Dano said. “So there are grounding forces like the Zodiac Killer, right? But it’s still The Batman, and for me it’s a lot bigger, so it was important to let my imagination run wild to the script, rather than basing it strictly on a serial killer.


Starring Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/The Batman alongside Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis and Colin Farrell, The Batman is scheduled for March 4, 2022.


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