To celebrate the eagerly-anticipated release of The Batman, the latest big-screen adaptation of The Caped Crusader, we sat down with some of the key cast and its director to find out about this new trip into Gotham City.
When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective – Batman (Robert Pattinson) – on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.
Chatting to director Matt Reeves, we chat about the history of the Bat-symbol and how he settled on the new incarnation on the new suit and what it means for Batman, his influences on the film and the pressures to be different, as well as how he settled on his incredible ensemble, including casting Pattinson in the lead role.
We also speak to Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, and Jeffrey Wright about bringing their characters to life in new ways after the many iterations on the big-screen and in the comics, the spectacular new look for Gotham City, how Reeves convinced them to come on board and why Batman has endured more than any other comic-book hero. Also, both Dano and Farrell tell why they took on the villain roles as The Riddler and The Penguin, respectively, and their new reimagining.
You can watch the full interviews below:
The Batman opens in UK and US cinemas on March 4th.