Outside the comics, Batman has been a dark character since at least the ’90s, and he has gotten progressively darker with every live-action adaptation, most notably in the Dark Knight trilogy and, more recently, in the DCEU. That trend will seemingly continue with Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman.
That is according to star Andy Serkis, who will play Alfred in the film. When asked if The Batman will feature a darker depiction of Batman, Serkis stated, “I would say that’s not far from the truth.” While he unsurprisingly kept from revealing too much in the way of details, the award-winning actor did explain, “It’s very much about the emotional connection between Alfred and Bruce,” adding, “That’s really at the centre of it. And it is a really exquisite script that Matt has written.”
Serkis then provided comment on taking on a role that was notably played by renowned actor Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. “He [Caine] was fantastic. His Alfred was legendary, I couldn’t even begin to go there.” Instead, Serkis explained, “You have to make it your own, and see what it is about he character that connects with you.”
Like many major projects, production on The Batman has been suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Serkis stated in the interview that he had been halfway through filming his scenes when principal photography came to a halt. It is currently uncertain when filming will continue.
Directed and co-written by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Jayme Lawson and Peter Sarsgaard. The film is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters Oct. 1, 2021.
The Batman star Andy Serkis hints that Matt Reeves' upcoming film will be the darkest take on the Dark Knight yet.