Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Robert Pattinson helps a new Batman out of the dark

Robert Pattinson is not morally opposed to superhero movies. But he wasn’t looking for them at all before Batman came along. The 35-year-old, who was emerging as a fully formed superstar in mega-franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight, has for the past decade found himself chasing interesting fare, short films with interesting directors and roles where he can stretch. could and had disappeared behind an archaic New England accent, as in The Lighthouse, the spotless beard of an explorer in The Lost City of Z, or accompanying him on a never-ending chase in Good Time, to name a few. Broken hair.

Weirdly, it was Good Time, the $2 million movie, and its frantic, free-spirited energy that convinced director Matt Reeves that Pattinson had his batman ,The Batman 2022) is required to be made. It was 2017 and Reeves, the man who brought freshness and grit to the Apes’ last two Planet movies, had raised his hand to debut a new iteration of The Dark Knight, while Ben Affleck was in the process of hanging up his cape. . Reeves began writing the film for Pattinson, with no idea whether there would be any interest in it.

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Robert Pattinson in a scene from The Batman. (Jonathan Ollie/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Fortunately, in Pattinson’s mind, Batman existed before the “superhero craze.” Growing up in England, he remembers watching cartoons, the Adam West series (which he swears he was still playing Ripley’s in the UK when he was a kid in the 1990s) and longing for his costume and Happy Meal toys used to do. Then there were movies.

“No other movie has been recreated so well in so many different ways,” Pattinson said. “Tonight, it seems they are not part of the same series. It exists as a different kind of legacy.”

Reeves’ idea was to go back to Batman’s spy roots, the 1970s style noir la Chinatown or The French Connection meets the classic “Warner Bros. gangster pick”, where Batman and Gordon search for a Zodiac-like killer. Batman, which addresses the riddles of Batman at crime scenes around Gotham.

Jeffrey Wright, who played Gordon, “didn’t want to recreate the franchise, but in some ways wanted to take it back to its origins, which is into mystery and detective work.” “He wanted to celebrate Batman as the greatest spy in the world.”

Reeves knew he couldn’t do a straight origin story — the public had seen Martha Wayne’s Scattered Pearls more than enough times — so he decided to leave the audience in a place where Bruce had only been Batman for over a year. Used to be.

“You have to sum up what people love about Batman,” Reeves said. “You’re going to chase a Batmobile, you’re going to have a spectacle, there’s fights, he’s going to come out of the dark in a suit… that’s all important. But you have to do something that’s also fresh.”

This hero version is more recluse than Playboy and isn’t spending his precious few hours bodybuilding. Reeves said he saw her as a little out of control and a little “struggled out,” like an addict who goes out every night looking for street fights and falls asleep during the day.

“We find him in a place where he has yet to prove himself, declaring himself an agent of vengeance,” Reeves said.

To play opposite Batman, Zoe Kravitz was cast as Selina Kyle, a femme fatale with a traumatic past who is on her way to becoming Catwoman. The chemistry between Pattinson and Kravitz, who have been longtime friends, was “immediately obvious,” Reeves said.

“I think they’re very attracted to each other, and they push each other’s buttons too,” Kravitz said. “They’re both people who have been single for too long… it’s scary for them to feel insecure or care about someone.”

They also enlisted several legendary actors to put an end to the corrupt world of Gotham, including John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred, and a prosthetics. -Disguised Colin Farrell cast as Oz/The Penguin.

Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz BatmanRobert Pattinson, left, and Zoe Kravitz pose for photographers for a screening of the film The Batman on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 in London. (Photo by Viaan Le Carr / InVision / AP)

“I just had carte blanche to experiment and play with,” said Farrell, who, as a longtime Batman fan, was a little surprised to see Pattinson in a “suit” for the first time.

Production started in the UK in January 2020 and things were going well until the world shut down in March 2020. With about 25% of Batman shot, Reeves also wondered if he would be able to finish. They resumed five months later, with several pauses due to Covid-19 cases, and finally wrapped up in March 2021.

“I had no idea how much work it really was,” Pattinson said. “I felt like I was living under a rock… I literally hadn’t seen the sun in about 18 months. I only feel like I’m back to normal now.”

Now after delaying several releases, the film is finally coming to theaters across the world on March 4. There is always high anticipation for a Batman movie, but The Batman is carrying more than the weight of a typical blockbuster on its shoulders from the box office. Viewers are under pressure to find new directions for Pattinson and the franchise, with plans for more films and a spinoff series.

But Pattinson thinks the pressure is “too great.”

“Sometimes you can put so much effort into something and then nobody even cares, so to know that there’s a kind of furious kind of audience,” Pattinson said, “Hopefully. “

“People will have an opinion whether you did it right or not,” he said. “It’s exciting.”