Anticipation for director Matt Reeves’ 2021 Warner Bros. tentpole film The Batman starring Robert Pattinson is high. Reeves began principal shooting on January 27 and new info has been announced almost every week.
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) January 27, 2020
Fans had the chance to see images from Pattinson’s screen test in the bat costume (see video below).
Below is a screenshot of Pattison in the cowl.
The Hollywood Reporter posted a story last year describing The Batman‘s story as “neither another rehashing of his origin nor the tale of a seasoned crimefighter ruling Gotham City. He is Bruce Wayne still trying to find his footing on his way to becoming the genius detective.”
A recent post from Reeves on Twitter suggests that the seminal Batman Year One storyline by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli will be a big influence.
Happy Birthday, Bruce pic.twitter.com/zJ4q9kXcIn
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) February 20, 2020
But it was an open casting call posted at The Casting Collective that has excited fans about finally seeing the Dick Grayson we all know and love in the movie.The call is for men and women “of all ethnicities” aged 17 and up who are located in North West England and have circus skills, with particular interest in fire dancers, fire breathers and puppet operators. They’re needed for a “Major Action Feature Film” that’s shooting in Liverpool this March. Not only is The Batman currently shooting there, but it suggests that Haly’s Circus will be featured in the film. Haly’s is the home of their star acrobatic act The Flying Graysons.
According to Cinema Blend: “Although Dick Grayson is currently being depicted in live action on the DC Universe series Titans, and Michael Cera voiced the character in The LEGO Batman Movie, it’s been since 1995’s Batman Forever and 1997’s Batman and Robin since we last saw Robin depicted in a live action movie, where he was played by Chris O’Donnell (no, I’m not counting ‘Robin’ John Blake from The Dark Knight Rises). Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did show a graffitied Robin suit on display in the Batcave, but that was a reference to the Jason Todd incarnation.”
The casting call would support a story in Forbes where Reeves revealed he would be introducing more members of the Bat Family saying “Dick Grayson is expected to make an appearance in one of the Reeves movies, probably in the form of an origin story (whether that’s the film’s main plot or a subplot, however, remains to be seen).”
The film also may have settled on its iteration of the Bat logo. Creative Bloq reports: “WB Montreal has been teasing a (currently unannounced) new Batman game for a few weeks, and now two new images have emerged on Twitter, appearing to show a brand new bat symbol inside the studio’s HQ.”
This could possibly be our first look at the logo from the new Batman game reboot.
(From the elevator at WB Montreal) pic.twitter.com/hPACSCS0Wh
— James Sigfield (@Jsig212James) February 19, 2020
Reddit user rdgxxx recently shared a fascinating look at the evolution of the symbol from 1940-2012 (below).
Directed by Reeves from a script he co-wrote with Mattson Tomlin, The Batman stars Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.
The Batman is set to drop on June 25, 2021.