With production underway on Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” some of the film’s stars have started talking about their roles in the film.
The star-studded cast of the film includes Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Paul Dano as the Riddler, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and both Peter Sarsgaard and Jayme Lawson in unspecified roles.
Appearing at the TCA press tour this week to promote the upcoming “High Fidelity” TV series, Kravitz discussed her excitement to show off a new version of Selina Kyle/Catwoman – one that will serve as the feminine yin to Batman’s masculine yang. She tells Variety:
“I think Catwoman, Selina Kyle represents really strong femininity, and I’m excited to dive into that. I think femininity represents power, and I think it’s a different kind of power than masculine power. That’s something that’s really interesting about Batman and Catwoman.
I think Batman represents a very kind of masculine power, and Catwoman represents very feminine power – slightly more complicated, and softer, too. I like the idea that you can be soft, you can be gentle and still be very powerful and still be very dangerous.
I think Catwoman is an iconic character. I was never into a lot of comic books, but that world was always really intriguing to me. And then of course Michelle Pfeiffer – her performance has always been super inspiring to me. It just felt iconic.”
Speaking with Empire magazine, Pattinson says his interest is driven by the aim to push the character further than he’s been done before on the big screen:
“The only thing that’s more complicated is the rating. As soon as you make something an R-rated movie, you’re freed up to do so much stuff. In terms of the character itself, I want to push it as far as it possibly can go. And I think Matt Reeves does as well. You can do crazy stuff with that part.”
Sarsgaard, who was burned with his first attempt at a superhero film playing the villain of 2011’s “Green Lantern,” tells CinemaBlend he’s excited to take on the new film and explains how this differs from previous Batman movies:
“Matt directing this ‘Batman’. The cast is so awesome. It seems different from other ‘Batman’ movies to me, just with the cast. There’s something about it that has an edge, it’s young. To me, just my perception of it, it reminds me of when I was in college, and I went to go see The Pixies play, and looking around and feeling the vibe at a Pixies concert.
That’s what it felt like to me, a song like ‘I Bleed.’ That it has the energy and that sort of thing, and isn’t so specifically targeted to a very young audience, or a very old audience, but has that power of chaos in it… The Pixies were incredibly emotional band, and I think this ‘Batman’ is very emotional in that way. I think it will be very powerful.”
Reeves has previously described the film as a character-driven non-origin story feature that will focus heavily on Batman’s experiences as the world’s greatest detective – allowing for numerous villains to appear. The film is scheduled to release on June 25th 2021.