Robert Pattison’s THE BATMAN’s run time is just shy of 3 hours–DC going full on Marvel in its onslaught for the film..
Meanwhile, director Matt Reeves defined it as “almost a horror movie.”
MORE.. the description seems to underline the movie’s version of the Riddler. The role was apparently inspired by the real Zodiac Killer.
In an interview for MovieMaker Magazine, Reeves discussed the tone of his take on the Dark Knight, revealing how he wanted to explore the detective side of Batman.
“This idea of a place that is corrupt, and you try to swim against the tide in order to fight against it and make a difference, is quintessential Batman. And at the center of those noir stories is almost always the detective, right? And that’s why he is the world’s greatest detective. And so this story is, in addition to being almost a horror movie, and a thriller, and an action movie, at its core, it’s also very much a detective story.”
“The premise of the movie is that the Riddler is kind of molded in an almost Zodiac Killer sort of mode, and is killing very prominent figures in Gotham, and they are the pillars of society. These are supposedly legitimate figures. It begins with the mayor, and then it escalates from there. And in the wake of the murders, he reveals the ways in which these people were not everything they said they were, and you start to realize there’s some kind of association. And so just like Woodward and Bernstein, you’ve got Gordon and Batman trying to follow the clues to try and make sense of this thing in a classic kind-of-detective story way.”