With production finally underway on Matt Reeves’ The Batman we can now expect a steady stream of news, views and interviews. Coming out of the gates storming, some of the stars of the movie have already given interviews about their involvement.
It is shaping up to be an ensemble movie with a good sized cast. Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Paul Dano as the Riddler, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and both Peter Sarsgaard and Jayme Lawson in so far mystery roles. Sargaard for the Joker anyone? Depending on what happens with Joaquin Phoenix and a sequel elsewhere?
Appearing to promote her involvement in the TV version of High Fidelity this week, Kravitz was first up to talk Catwoman:
“I think Catwoman, Selina Kyle represents really strong femininity, and I’m excited to dive into that. I think femininity represents power, and I think it’s a different kind of power than masculine power. That’s something that’s really interesting about Batman and Catwoman.
I think Batman represents a very kind of masculine power, and Catwoman represents very feminine power – slightly more complicated, and softer, too. I like the idea that you can be soft, you can be gentle and still be very powerful and still be very dangerous.
I think Catwoman is an iconic character. I was never into a lot of comic books, but that world was always really intriguing to me. And then of course Michelle Pfeiffer – her performance has always been super inspiring to me. It just felt iconic.”
Next up was Pattinson in an interview with Empire magazine, talking about his wishes for the character:
“The only thing that’s more complicated is the rating. As soon as you make something an R-rated movie, you’re freed up to do so much stuff. In terms of the character itself, I want to push it as far as it possibly can go. And I think Matt Reeves does as well. You can do crazy stuff with that part.”
Sarsgaard has form in the genre after the 2011 version of Green Lantern which had its challenges both critically and at the box office. So what tempted him back? He talks to CinemaBlend:
“Matt directing this Batman. The cast is so awesome. It seems different from other Batman movies to me, just with the cast. There’s something about it that has an edge, it’s young. To me, just my perception of it, it reminds me of when I was in college, and I went to go see The Pixies play, and looking around and feeling the vibe at a Pixies concert.
That’s what it felt like to me, a song like ‘I Bleed.’ That it has the energy and that sort of thing, and isn’t so specifically targeted to a very young audience, or a very old audience, but has that power of chaos in it… The Pixies were incredibly emotional band, and I think this Batman is very emotional in that way. I think it will be very powerful.”
In other Bat news, there has been some speculation over the appearance of Colin Farrell as The Penguin, an iconic member of Batman’s rogues gallery known for his rotund, grotesque appearance.
A blurry spy photo had emerged appearing to show an actor with silver or blond hair leading some to speculate this would be the look for the character.
Captured in some candid pictures on-set and on a coffee run, new pics would appear to confirm this. And not just the hair colour. Farrell appears to have out on some weight for this role.
Reeves has previously described the film character-driven and conformed it will NOT be another origin story. It is expected to feature Batman’s skills as the worlds greatest detective.
The film is scheduled to release on June 25th 2021.