The Batman production may have reached a bit of an indefinite standstill due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but that, however, won’t stop musings of the spectacle that is to come.
Andy Serkis is of course as you know, has been cast to play the illustrious Alfred Pennyworth – Bruce Wayne’s butler – in the upcoming standalone DC movie. Surely taking a forced break from being the director in the Venom movie sequel Venom: Let There be Carnage, Serkis has gone on record to give fans some insight on what to expect from Matt Reeves-directed and a Robert Pattinson-led The Batman movie.
Firstly, and most noticeably, Serkis says fans can expect this rendition of the Dark Knight will feature a ‘darker, broodier’ character than depicted in other films. And delving into the narrative and character aspect of Bruce Wayne and Alfred, he hinted at a more personal, emotive dynamic betwixt the two:
[The Batman] is very much about the emotional connection between Alfred and Bruce. That’s really at the center of it. And it is a really exquisite script that Matt has written.
The actor in his interview with LADBible also gave props to Michael Caine’s depiction of the butler in the Dark Knight trilogy, and suggest the only way to conquer the role is to both respect what has been done, but also to step out of the shadow of past renditions and to truly ‘own’ the role:
His Alfred was legendary, I couldn’t even begin to go there, really. You find it for yourself. It’s like playing these iconic roles in Shakespeare, you go back, you revisit them and you have to make it your own, and see what it is about the character that connects with you and your personal venn diagram.”
In any case, all will be revealed as soon as production restarts for the Matt Reeves movie.