Robert Pattinson doesn’t think superhero movies are bad. That’s not to say that he didn’t look for them before “The Batman.”
Harry Potter and Twilight made him seem like a fully formed star at the age of 35. He’s been looking for smaller movies with interesting directors and roles where he could hide behind an old New England accent, an unkempt beard, or a shock of messy bleached hair that accompanies him on a never-ending chase for years now.
When Matt Reeves made Good Time, a movie with a budget of only $2 million, he decided that Robert Pattinson should be his Batman. At this point in 2017, it was Reeves’ turn to start a new Dark Knight movie, while Ben Affleck was hanging up his cape. He was the man who brought freshness and grit into the last two Planet of the Apes movies. In order to write the movie for Pattinson, Reeves didn’t even know if it would be interesting.
Pattinson, on the other hand, thinks that Batman was there before and after the “superhero craze.” When he was a child in England, he watched the cartoon, the Adam West series (which he says was still on TV in the UK when he was a child in the 1990s), and he wanted to be like him. Then there were movies.
Nobody else has done so many different things with this movie, Pattinson told People. “No other movie has been so completely changed in so many different ways.” There is a sense that they aren’t part of the same show. It is a different kind of legacy that lives on today.
Bruce Wayne is a detective, so Reeves came up with the idea of making an old-fashioned noir like “Chinatown” or “The French Connection” with a Zodiac-like killer who leaves riddles for Batman at the crime scenes in Gotham City.
There were a few things that Jeffrey Wright, who plays Gordon, said that he didn’t want to change the franchise. “In some ways, we took the franchise back to its roots,” he said. “He wanted to honour Batman as the best detective in the world.”
People already know how Bruce became Batman, so Reeves decided to put the audience in a place where Bruce has only been Batman for a year or so.
Then, Reeves said, “You have to do what people love about Batman.” There are going to be a Batmobile chase, fights, and he’s going to emerge from the dark in the suit. All of this is important. But you also have to do something new.
They say this hero is more of a loner than a playboy, and he doesn’t spend any of his spare time bodybuilding or going out with friends. A drug addict who goes out every night looking for street fights and sleeps during the day is what Reeves thought of him as.
There, “We find him in a place where he hasn’t yet perfected himself, declaring himself an agent of vengeance,” said Reeves.
When Zoe Kravitz was chosen to play Selina Kyle, the woman with a dark past on her way to becoming Catwoman, she was played by Zoe Kravitz. A friend of Pattinson’s and Kravitz’s told Reeves that the two of them had a lot of chemistry “right away.”
People who are attracted to each other, Kravitz said. “I think they also annoy each other,” he said. In this case, both of them have been alone for a while. It’s scary for them to feel vulnerable or to care about someone.
In addition, they hired a lot of well-known actors to help make the corrupt world of Gotham complete. John Turturro played Carmine Falcone, Paul Dano played Edward Nashton, Andy Serkis played Alfred, and Colin Farrell disguised as Oz/The Penguin played Oz.
If you’re a Batman fan, you’ll be a little surprised when you see Robert Pattinson in “the suit” for the first time.
Things were going well in the UK until March 2020, when the world went dark. With about 25% of “The Batman” done, Reeves even wondered if they’d be able to finish the movie. Because of the COVID-19 cases, they didn’t work for five months, but they started back up again in March 2021.
“I didn’t know how much work it had been,” Pattinson said. “I looked like I’d been living under a rock for a while.” I hadn’t seen the sun for about 18 months. When I think about it, “I kind of just feel like I’m getting back to normal now.”
After a lot of delays, the movie is finally coming to theatres all over the world on March 4. This movie has more weight than a normal blockbuster. It has to deal with a lot of things, from the huge box office pressures to how the audience will react to Robert Pattinson and how the new direction for the Batman franchise will be received, which includes plans for more movies and a spinoff show.
But Pattinson thinks the pressure “is great.”
It’s good to know that there’s a “ravenous kind of audience,” Pattinson said, taking a breath and smiling. “It’s good to know that there’s a kind of ravenous kind of audience,” he said, smiling.
People will think you did a good job, he said. “That’s interesting.”