Some people like the gothic fantasy of Burton’s creations, some the brutal violence of the Snyder Batman. Many say Nolan’s grounded Batman is the best take on the character. There may even be some people who take a lot of drugs and are struggling with their pronouns who would vote for Joel Schumacher’s neon camp. Against this backdrop of many cinematic Batmen, The Batman has set itself high goals.
Movie magazine Empire has a special on The Batman and many of the cast, plus a few of the crew, give extensive interviews about working on the movie. Producer Dylan Clark says they have been very clear that they need to aim high. Very high. If you aren’t aiming to be the best then why bother? There are many different versions and they want to be the best:
“As the first standalone ‘Batman’ in ten years, the hope is we can lay a foundation that you can build stories upon… I’ve said this to Chris Nolan directly: ‘Look, we’re trying to be the best Batman ever made, and we’re going to try to beat you.’ Matt is interested in pushing this character to his emotional depths and shaking him to his core.”
Picking up the same thread, director Matt Reeves says quality is key:
“I’ve only ever made each movie as a passion project. This even more so, because when you know, something has been done well before, and is so beloved, you can’t just come in and sleepwalk through it. You have to shoot for something. We’re trying to leave our mark on this.”
Bad news for certain online outlets that were carrying stories about the film’s star, Robert Pattinson, being out after only one movie. Made up “exclusives” covering everything from on-set arguments to the famous “creative differences” were repeated, despite denials.
Well, Pattinson is already thinking ahead about Bruce Wayne and where to take his character next.
“I’ve made a kind of map for where Bruce’s psychology would grow over two more movies. I would love to do it.”
Doesn’t sound like a man contemplating his exit. Reeves did drop one surprising nugget in the interview. In this version, with Bruce in the second year of his journey as The Batman, Alfred Pennyworth is not fully on board with the plan, and their relationship is not good:
“Bruce is on this nihilistic journey, and they’ve pulled apart … It’s got to the point where they almost no longer talk. If they bump into each other in the corridor, it’s a very icy and painful greeting. They almost live in separate worlds now.”
Colin Farrell also talks about the inspiration for this iteration of The Penguin. John Cazale in The Godfather:
“[Matt Reeves] mentioned Fredo to me, because Fredo’s crippled by the insignificance that he lives within, in a family that is full of very strong, very bright, very capable, very violent men. Which is why he commits the act of betrayal that he does, because he’s weak, he’s kind of broken, and he’s in pain.
There is a kind of fracture at the core of Oz, which fuels his desire and his ambition to rise within this criminal cabal. Where that rise goes… I would love to get to explore that in the second film, if that was ever to happen.”
Clark acknowledges the multiverse and different versions of Batman, but was very clear that The Batman stands apart from other DC projects. No Flash, Wonder Woman, or Superman in this world.
The new trailer has just dropped, here is it.
The Batman opens in cinemas on March 4th, 2022 and then we will see if they have hit the marks they are aiming for.