“The Batman” Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Promises Radically Different Dark Knight
“For some reason, Batman has always stood out. It’s one of the major characters of the 20th century, and so many people connect to him on such a deep level, and for so many different reasons.” This is what the new Batman himself, Robert Pattison, says at top of this behind-the-scenes featurette that was revealed before The Batman trailer was shown at this past weekend’s DC FanDome event. Pattison goes on to say that what fired him up so much about writer/director Matt Reeves’ film is how radically different his version of Batman is from what we’ve seen before.
“I felt we’ve seen lots of origin stories, we’d seen things go further and further into fantasy,” says writer/director Reeves, “and I thought well one place we haven’t been is grounding it the way that ‘Year One’ does, to come into right into a young Batman, not be an origin tale but refer to his origins and shake him to his core.”
Reeves is referring to the “Year One’ comic book series that gave us a grittier, more down-to-earth Batman, one focused as much on solving crimes as being a superhero. This is the noir detective story world that Reeves has created.
“What’s so wonderful about this world is the exploration of the grey area,” says Zoë Kravitz, who plays Selina Kyle, better known as Catwoman. “Catwoman really wants to fight for those who don’t have someone else to fight for them, and that’s where her and Batman really connect.”
One could argue we actually get a better sense of what Reeves, Pattison, Kravitz, and the rest of The Batman team are up to here than the trailer, which is excellent, but short on specifics.
Joining Pattison and Kravitz are Collin Farrell as the Penguin, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Jeffery Wright as Jim Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, and Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham DA Gil Colson.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video here. The Batman hits theaters on March 4, 2022.
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Featured image: Caption: ROBERT PATTINSON as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/ ™ & © DC Comics