Having just worked together on the time inversion blockbuster Tenet, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has sung the praises of Robert Pattinson and admitted that he’s very excited to see what the actor brings to the role of the Dark Knight in next year’s The Batman.
“He certainly did not ask me for any advice,” said Nolan, who is obviously very familiar with the Caped Crusader having helmed The Dark Knight Trilogy. “We kept a respectful silence around the issue ’til very near the end of the shoot. We said a couple of things and made a couple of jokes. We did have a little bit of a conversation about the various aspects of what he was going to be putting himself through. But I was thrilled that he was cast. I think that he’ll do an amazing job and I’m really excited to see what he does with that character.”
It’s been eight years since Nolan finished up his Batman story with the release of 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, and we’re already heading towards our second reboot with Pattinson succeeding Nolan’s Christian Bale and the DCEU’s Ben Affleck. However, as Nolan tells Entertainment Tonight, it’s exactly this kind of reinvention that keeps the Batman franchise so fresh:
“One of the first things I learned when we went to talk to the DC guys before Batman Begins, is the character of Batman thrives on reinterpretation. Each generation creates its own version. That’s what keeps the legend so sort of fresh in a way.”
The Batman resumed production in the UK this past week, but filming has been halted once again after star Robert Pattinson tested positive for coronavirus. At present, it remains slated for release on October 1st 2021.
The Batman sees Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse) donning the cape and cowl as Bruce Wayne/Batman alongside Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies) as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Paul Dano (Escape at Dannemora) as The Riddler, Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as Jim Gordon, Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Alfred Pennyworth, John Turturro (The Big Lebowski) as Carmine Falcone, Alex Ferns (Chernobyl) as Commissioner Pete Savage, Con O’Neill (Ordinary Lies) as Chief Mackenzie Bock, Peter Sarsgaard (The Killing) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson, Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) as Officer Stanley Merkel and Jayme Lawson (Farewell Amor) as Bella Real.