DC has a couple of exciting projects lined up and Matt Reeves’ The Batman is surely topping fans’ anticipation list. While there is a dearth of information about the project and limited leaks, the cast and crew are shedding bits and pieces of information to keep fans excited. And thanks to Andy Serkis’ latest interview, we now understand the dark side of Robert Pattinson’s noir, Batman, a bit better.
The Batman could have been the eleventh release of DC’s Extended Universe. But since Ben Affleck’s exit and Reeve’s takeover, The Batman has spun its own universe of sorts with an HBO Max spin-off. The script details are unclear as to how much the movie resembles Ben Affleck’s original dark broody ideas. According to director Reeves, his story is about a guy who is ‘majorly struggling’ and how he overcomes those struggles.
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The Dark Knight’s Tale
Actor Andy Serkis who is playing Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth was recently asked about fans’ expectations of a darker, broodier Batman, to which he responded, “I would say that’s not far from the truth.” Fans are expecting a dark tone of the movie since it was originally planned as a spin-off for Affleck’s Batman. Coupled with the fact that Reeves is trying to make a very distinct movie and the success of its predecessor Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, Reeves is chasing the epitome – as dark as Bruce Wayne can get. It’s pretty interesting to see how Robert Pattinson will manage to be different and yet darker at the same time.
Interestingly, cinematographer Robert Richardson who was to helm Ben Affleck’s project shed some light on his original ideas telling he was going more into the ‘insanity aspects.’ During the Happy Sad Confused podcast, he also elaborated on the tone of the movie:
So I think you would’ve seen something a little darker than what we’ve seen in the past and more into the individual, who was inside Batman — what element may be sane and what element may actually not be sane. So he was entering into a little more of the Arkham, he’s going into where you keep everyone who was bad, everyone that shifted and Batman.
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Going by this script reveal, it does sounds like Affleck was really going deep with Bruce Wayne’s psyche. The potential for WB to execute this vision of the Batman will not come as a surprise given Todd Philips’ Joker’s success. The take on Joker’s mental health as a case study for the movie compelled viewers across the world to take mental health issues seriously. While we know Reeves’ movie is a trilogy, there’s lot of room for the undertones if the subject is broached, which would prove a darker, distinct tone for Robert Pattinson’s Batman.
Alfred Pennyworth Batman’s Saviour
Talking about the script, Andy Serkis reveals more about his role which is surely distinct than any iteration of Alfred we have seen. He shared, “It’s very much about the emotional connection between Alfred and Bruce. That’s really at the centre of it. And it is an exquisite script that Matt has written.”
What makes his statement more interesting is the fact that an unverified Reddit leak claims that in Matt Reeves’ iteration of Batman, ‘Alfred will be depicted as a former Commando Engineer with the royal marines who will teach Bruce everything he knows in the movie, from hand-to-hand combat to weapons handling.’
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In the comics, Alfred has in the past served as an ex-Special Operations Executive, a secret World War II organization responsible for spying on the Axis powers. In Nolan’s take, it was revealed Alfred had military background but was never shown guiding Bruce. While Alfred’s past has never been shown in the movies, the Epix TV series Pennyworth chronicles his pre-Batman life.
Director Matt Reeves, along with the Batman cast, will be present later this month at the DC FanDome virtual event giving fans exclusive updates about the movie.