Go Back To Go Forward

The style of Batman has changed so much over the years.  The 60s camp of Adam West gave way to the tortured Gothic nightmare of Tim Burton.  This, in turn, evolved into the firmly anchored contemporary feel of the Nolan movies, until the DCEU pushed the look and feel into sci-fi territory to keep Batman relevant, surrounded by the ridiculousness of the rest of the Justice League.

One style that was much-loved, but gets little play in the movies, is from the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series.  This high point was a perfect art-deco metropolis of elegant glass skyscrapers patrolled by police airships, while a Batmobile straight from 1920s car design prowled the streets below.

It was one step forward, removed from the brooding, grimy Gothic spires of Burton’s Gotham City and futuristic from that while seeming retro in itself.  This had the great effect of making Batman seem both futuristic and historic at the same time, therefore ageless.  This is one of many factors that makes Batman: The Animated Series so easy to revisit even now, thirty years later.

An approach that maybe Matt Reeves would be wise to follow for The Batman, given its unclear continuity issues with the rest of the DCEU.  If rumours coming out of Cardington Hangers (the huge WW1 installation in the UK where The Batman is currently prepping) are true, then it’s an approach he may well be following.

Gotham Cathedral in Burton’s 1989 vision.

Some pictures surfaced online that were rapidly hunted down and eliminated by Warner Bros.  These indicated an elaborate cathedral set under construction.

A casting call has gone out for a large number of extras for a huge funeral scene to take place in the cathedral.

Finally, that cathedral is surrounded by airships!  Blimps.  Gotham City PD to take to the skies just like in Batman: The Animated Series?  We can only hope!

Pressure?  What Pressure?

Meanwhile, lead actor Robert Pattinson has talked about the pressure of the role.  He joked that he’ll do:

“…porn, but art house porn…”

…should his work on The Batman not work out.  Speaking with The Guardian about the pressure of taking on this iconic, but much cast role he explained why he went for the part:

“I felt a connection to it, I don’t know why… I just really wanted it”.

He adds that role has a certain power and that:

“…everyone is attracted to it. It’s an unidentifiable thing.”

He goes on to say how he’s already over being asked about the movie before even making it due to the level of interest in all things Batman:

“I’m already remembering what it’s like to talk about a movie where there’s an expectation. Whenever you say anything, people are like, ‘Argh! You idiot!’ Like, dude, I haven’t even started yet!…. But there is no harsher critic of myself than myself, so I don’t need to worry about anyone else.”

Filming begins any day now for a release on June 25th, 2021.