‘The Batman’ Star Andy Serkis Teases That The Film Is Darker Than Previous Iterations

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Like every other movie that was set to be released in the next year or so (except for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which continues to cling onto its July 17 release date for dear life), The Batman has been delayed due to our current global situation, and will now be released on October 1, 2021, instead of its original June 25, 2021 release date.

This is a particular bummer for your boy Ital, as Batman is my favorite fictional character and I was quite looking forward to seeing what Matt Reeves — who is something of a thinking man’s action director — does with the character. Don’t get me wrong, I adore The Dark Knight trilogy, but that was an aggressively realistic take on the character, thus stripping him of some of his most exciting elements, particularly his combat skills. Zack Snyder’s vision of the character improved on that aspect but regressed in every other characteristic. I’ve got faith that Reeves — who’s directed Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes — will be able to find a happy medium between the two.

Recent comments from the cast certainly seem to indicate that Reeves will be taking a different approach to the character, as quotes from the likes of Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Wright, and Peter Sarsgaard seem to indicate one general theme: the film will be darker. Andy Serkis — who will be playing loyal Wayne family butler Alfred Pennyworth — is the latest cast member to tease the film’s tone, as he recently told LADbible that The Batman will be “darker than previous” versions of the Caped Crusader.

The Batman will be ‘darker than previous’ incarnations, its star Andy Serkis has hinted.

When asked whether fans were right to expect a ‘darker, broodier’ Batman, the Lord of The Rings star laughed: “I would say that’s not far from the truth.”

“It’s 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.” [via LADbible]


The Batman — which stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/Riddler, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Jeffrey Wright as Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham District Attorney Gil Colson — is currently set to hit theaters in the United States on October 1, 2021.

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Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him eric@brobible.com