Andy Serkis talked about the post-production work on Venom: Let Their Be Carnage talk a slightly about Matt Reeves’s The Batman. Serkis plays Alfred Pennyworth in the movie, and he admits that this new take on the film character is going to be darker than any other DC movie that has been made.
Talking to LADbible, Serkis was asked if fans can anticipate a “darker, broodier” Batman than what we’ve seen previously, and he said:
“I would say that’s not far from the truth. It’s very much about the emotional connection between Alfred and Bruce. That’s really at the centre of it. And it is a really exquisite script that Matt has written.”
The actor will be playing Alfred and he talked about how he doesn’t want to copy any of the portrayals we’ve already seen of the character. He said:
“He [Caine] was fantastic. His Alfred was legendary, I couldn’t even begin to go there, really. You find it for yourself. 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 he character that connects with you and your personal venn diagram.”
It’ll be exciting to see what his idea for Alfred turns out to be, and I’m interested to see what the connection is like between him and Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne will be like. Production on The Batman is on hold because of the pandemic. Right after it shut down, Reeves offered an update saying:
“It was going great. We shot about a quarter of the movie so far; we have three quarters to go. And when the time is right and it’s safe to do so, we’ll return to it. It was a really exciting period to be exploring. Robert is a fantastic actor, and we have so many great actors in it! It’s been really, really exciting to go on this journey with them, and to feel like we are trying to do something different.”
The filmmaker talked about his strategy to Batman, saying:
“I’m going to pitch the version of Batman that I would do, which is going to have a humanist bent. And who knows if they’ll have any interest? If they don’t, then I won’t do it. And that’ll be okay. I was really lucky that they said yes.”
Reeves went on to explain that his movie leans into the sensitive side of the story:
“It’s not even like that’s an approach that I take, like it’s some kind of idea of, ‘Wouldn’t it be great?’ It’s sort of the only thing that allows me to understand how to do it. I can only understand where the camera goes and how to talk about the story, how to write the story, how to talk to the actors, if I understand emotionally what it is I have to do. Otherwise I’d be lost. Some people are incredible choreographers and they know how to create an incredible visual dance, or all of that kind of stuff. And I love that kind of stuff. But at the end of the day, I have to understand it emotionally.”
He also established that the movie will not be an origin story, but it absolutely will acknowledge his origin as it’s still something that he’s “majorly struggling” to perfect.
The Batman will hit theaters on October 1, 2021.