The Batman is one of the most anticipated comic book adaptations in years. With Robert Pattinson portraying the title character, public interest has skyrocketed. Andy Serkis, who plays Batman’s butler Alfred, decided to give some interesting details of the film.
Darker Vibes Ahead
In an interview with LADbible, Serkis seconded Pattinson’s recent comments about a darker Batman. “I would say that’s not far from the truth. It’s very much about the emotional connection between Alfred and Bruce,” Serkis said. “That’s really at the centre of it. And it is a really exquisite script that Matt has written.”
When it came to his inspiration, Serkis studied Michael Caine’s work in The Dark Knight trilogy. “[Caine] was fantastic. His Alfred was legendary, I couldn’t even begin to go there, really. You find it for yourself,” Serkis also told LADbible. “It’s like playing these iconic roles in Shakespeare, you go back, you revisit them and you have to make it your own, and see what it is about the character that connects with you and your personal Venn diagram.” Caine’s performance in 2008’s The Dark Knight earned a Scream Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
From Marvel To DC
For Serkis, this will be his first time portraying an iconic DC Comics character. Marvel Cinematic Universe fans know him as Ulysses Klaue. Behind-the-scenes, Serkis helped improve Industrial Light & Magic’s motion-capture system Muse for Avengers: Age of Ultron. With Sony, Serkis decided to hop in the director’s chair for Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The film is a sequel to 2018’s Carnage, which earned $856 million at the box office. The film was slated for an October 2, 2020 release, but it was moved to June 25, 2021.
Delays Coming Through
With The Batman, Serkis was still filming his scenes before the coronavirus epidemic hit. “I was literally half way through shooting my part in it when we got shut down,” Serkis told LADbible. “So it will be interesting to see when that resurfaces how it has been affected by [the lockdown]. But it is, it’s going to be a beautiful film.” Filming for The Batman began back in January in London, but the epidemic put a halt on production. Because of the delay, the film’s release date was pushed back. Instead of June 25, 2021, The Batman will be released on October 1, 2021. The three-month delay is ideal for director Matt Reeves to focus on any major changes.
While filming was halted for weeks, the U.K. government announced plans to let filming commence. Before beginning filming anew, studios must abide by safety guidelines. Some of these rules include checking temperatures of personnel twice a day and avoiding all physical contact during greetings.
Finally Making Progress
Development for The Batman has come a long way since its announcement in 2014. At the time, Ben Affleck was ready to take part in a series of standalone films. Unfortunately, the actor stepped away for a slew of personal reasons. Pattinson, Armie Hammer, and Nicholas Hoult were in contention to replace the actor. In the end, Reeves wanted to specifically work with Pattinson.
Aside from Serkis and Pattinson, The Batman features a tremendous cast. Zoë Kravitz, who lent her voice to Catwoman in The Lego Batman Movie, gets to portray the villain in a live-action setting. Colin Farrell, who portrayed Bullseye in Daredevil, is playing The Penguin. Twin brothers Max and Charlie Carver will appear in the film in undisclosed roles. Some fans believe they could play Tweedledee and Tweedledum or The Trigger Twins.
While fans have to wait a while longer, they’ll be in for a unique experience with The Batman.
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