As time and the production of Matt Reeves’ The Batman moves forward, new details emerge almost weekly to give us further update on this iteration of the vigilante detective, and thankfully we don’t have to rely on faulty electrical equipment for our signals of this movie’s tone.
In a recent interview with LADBible, Andy Serkis shared more about his role as the butler, medic, soldier and all-round moustached gentleman hard-nut Alfred Pennyworth; the caped crusader’s trusted aide and at times conscience of Gotham. After being asked if The Batman would be “darker and broodier”, the butler-to-be confirmed, “I would say that’s not far from the truth.” He went on, praising Reeves and Tomlin stating:
“It’s very much about the emotional connection between Alfred and Bruce. That’s really at the centre of it. And it is a really exquisite script that Matt has written.”LADBible
Serkis was quick to remark that he will not be attempting to emulate previous takes on the mild-mannered butler as played by Michel Gough or the more working-class quipping aide as mastered by Micheal Caine. Will we see the popular Alfred of recent years personified in Earth One by Geoff Johns? The ex-SAS soldier who takes billionaire orphan Bruce Wayne under his wing, perhaps? this would certainly reflect the tone nicely.
Serkis was only halfway through filming for The Batman when the production was halted by the Coronavirus and ensuing pandemic that even Batman couldn’t defeat singlehanded. He is currently deep into editing on Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage which he directed and once the Batmobile’s wheels start spinning again, perhaps more clues will be illuminated for this new journey into Gotham.
The Batman is set for release October 1, 2021. Joining Serkis will be Robert Pattinson as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone and Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson.