“For me, point of view is really important,” Reeves said. “I want to make sure you are experiencing something from the perspective of the main character in the story. I’m a huge Hitchcock fan — I like the idea of being immersed in that perspective.”
British director Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense behind “Psycho“, “Vertigo” and countless other classics, used innovative camera techniques to draw you into the psychological state of his characters. It remains to be seen how Reeves intends to immerse you into the perspective of a troubled billionaire who dresses up in latex to beat up criminals — but just imagine if Hitchcock had made a Batman movie! Cary Grant as Bruce Wayne anybody?
“Movies for me are about empathy,” Reeves continued. “The idea is to make you, the audience, feel what the character feels.” His latest movie “War for the Planet of the Apes”, the hotly-tipped third in the surprisingly good simian series, does that astonishingly well. There are barely a handful of human speaking parts in the film as the ape characters firmly take over the lead roles, to powerful emotional effect.
“War for the Planet of the Apes” is in theatres from 11 August in the UK and 14 August in the US.
Now that “War” is done, Reeves can turn his attention to DC’s Dark Knight. Affleck will play the caped crusader once again following ““, “ ” and the forthcoming “ “. He was originally set to co-write and direct too, but suggested Reeves as a possible when he decided all those jobs would be a bit much to take on even his mighty chin.
“The Batman” is set to star Joe Manganiello as the villainous Deathstroke, JK Simmons as dogged cop Commissioner Gordon, and Jeremy Irons as Batman’s trusty butler Alfred. The release date hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Discussing his approach to the film, Reeves admitted, “We’re just starting”, which suggests the movie could still go through big changes.
Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech.
Star Wars at 40: Join us in celebrating the many ways the Force-filled sci-fi saga impacted our lives.