When it comes to the upcoming solo Batman movie, we have a lot to get excited about over the next couple of years. Ben Affleck continues to show enormous potential in the cape and cowl with each passing DCEU film, and director Matt Reeves seems like a perfect choice to step behind the camera to helm this particular project. The DCEU has undergone some massive changes in recent months, but things genuinely look brighter than ever for The Dark Knight.

There's no question that Matt Reeves has proven himself as a stellar blockbuster director, but his work on the Planet of the Apes films (including the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes) seems to have really prepared him to create a very distinct type of Batman story. Specifically, his recent work has brought us to the consensus that -- whatever form the specific story ends up taking -- Reeves should focus his efforts on creating a post-apocalyptic version of Gotham City under siege. To that end, we have put together a list of iconic Batman stories that would suit Reeves' distinct filmmaking style. First and foremost, let's kick this list off with a Batman story whose DNA is already clearly evident in the DCEU.

The Dark Knight Returns

Zack Snyder faithfully adapted several visual cues from The Dark Knight Returns in his creation of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but a number of the major story elements from Frank Miller's endlessly dense classic remain intact and ready for Matt Reeves to use in his solo Batman movie. Specifically, the issue in which Superman sets off a nuke in the atmosphere over Gotham City, and the resulting EMP knocks out power for most of the United States. In this story, an aging Batman decides to train a new army of vigilantes (named the Sons of Batman), and Bruce's low-tech (and slightly authoritarian) means of maintaining law and order result on Gotham becoming one of the few American cities not plunged into chaos in the fallout of the incident.

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