The Batman star Jeffrey Wright talked about how he and director Matt Reeves bonded over their love for Adam West’s version of the character.
The Batman is currently filming in the United Kingdom, but Matt Reeves has already shared a look at Robert Pattinson in the batsuit and, most recently, with the batmobile. While working on the script, Matt Reeves hasn’t been shy on social media about his love for Adam West’s Batman. It’s expected that The Batman will be a dark, detective story, but fans have already noticed some visual similarities to the Adam West version from the ’60s.
The first is the put-together look of Robert Pattinson’s Batman cowl and the second is the Dark Knight driving a traditional-looking muscle car with modifications. In a recent interview with CNET, Commissioner Gordon actor Jeffrey Wright revealed that he and Matt Reeves both bonded over their love for the Adam West television series:
“I was a bit of a fan of Batman comics, and comics generally, growing up. But I was a lunatic Adam West Batman fan. And Matt Reeves, who is directing the movie, was as well. And we were talking about it and he said, “In my mind, that wasn’t camp.” Now, this is not to say that we’re doing an Adam West Batman in any respect. But that for me was my early dive into the Batman cosmos. Matt and I agree it wasn’t camp for us, it was deadly serious for an 8-year-old kid. Deadly serious with the most tricked-out heroic technology and bells and whistles this side of James Bond. If you look back at it within context, man, it was as Batman as anything. The pastel tones harken back to the original Bob Kane/Bill Finger stuff. That was my early and much appreciated introduction into Gotham.”
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Full plot details on The Batman are currently under wraps, though the film will center around a younger Bruce Wayne and feature a Rogues’ Gallery of villains that includes Catwoman, The Penguin, and The Riddler. The Matt Reeves film will follow Batman during his formative years as Gotham City’s protector and will make use of the Dark Knight’s detective skills to a greater extent than previous DC films. It is expected to be the first chapter in a new trilogy with Robert Pattinson as Batman.
Directed by Matt Reeves from a script he co-wrote with Mattson Tomlin, The Batman stars Robert 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.