Jeffrey Wright Discusses The Detective Element In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ Script

Jeffrey Wright says the new version of Gotham is accessible to audiences, but still “fantastical.”

The Batman star Jeffrey Wright opens up about Matt Reeves’ script for the new version of the Caped Crusader, praising its direction and tone.

DC fans are still in awe over the first trailer for Matt Reeves’ The Batman and the gritty tone that seems reminiscent of films like David Fincher’s Seven and Zodiac. And in a recent interview on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Jeffrey Wright discussed his first reaction to reading the script for the new version of the Caped Crusader. He pointed out that it’s returning to the Detective element of Detective Comics. He also referred back to previous James Gordon actor Gary Oldman, noting the character acts like Doctor Watson to Batman’s Sherlock Holmes.

“First of all the script, when I read the script I said to myself ‘yeah, this is on it’. Because as you described about Westworld, you know, this show is very much about mystery, Batman, the series. You go back to the original, it’s DC, it’s Detective Comics and the script is really beholden to that, beholden to this idea of Batman is the world’s greatest detective. I think, as Gary Oldman once described, you know Gordon is something of a Watson to him. The script honors that and also sets a tone that’s very clear and a tone that’s been captured in that trailer.”

The Batman star Jeffrey Wright went on to praise the Batmobile, after previously teasing fans with the sound of the iconic car on Instagram. He explained the grounded version of the car is a way of making Matt Reeves’ Gotham accessible to the audience rather than filling Batman’s armory with futuristic gadgets which separates him from the present. He was also  careful to note that it’s still a fantastical take on the mythos.

“And I think one of the aspects of the script that I was really stoked about was the Batmobile, the way it was described. It was described as this kind of retro, hyper-modified muscle car, that’s just the craziest coolest thing you’d ever seen. And when I read that I said ‘aha, yes.’ Because what it’s trying to achieve and what it does achieve is to create an accessibility for our Gotham, a world that is tangible and grounded in a very familiar reality. But at the same time it’s still fantastical, it’s still tweaked.”

Watch the full interview below.

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Plot details for The Batman are being kept under lock and key, but we know that the project will revolve around Robert Pattinson as a younger Bruce Wayne, chronicling Batman during his formative years as Gotham City’s protector. The Batman will also feature the hero making use of his detective skills more than what we’ve seen before in previous iterations of the character. It is also expected to be the first installment to a new trilogy starring Pattinson as Batman.

Directed by Matt Reeves from a script he co-wrote with Mattson Tomlin, the film 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.

The Batman is currently set to hit theaters on October 1, 2021. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news regarding Jeffrey Wright, Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson’s The Batman universe, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content.

Source: The Jess Cagle Show

Eammon Jacobs

Eammon Jacobs

English writer with a preference for all things Film, TV and Comic Book related.