The Batman Star Describes the Unique Loneliness of DC Film Set
Playing the world’s greatest detective was a lonely, insular experience, says Robert Pattison in a candid reflection on portraying Batman.
The Batman might be one of the most anticipated superhero movies of 2022, but playing the brooding Caped Crusader was an exercise in solitude for star Robert Pattison.
“…The nature of filming was so insular, always filming at night, just very dark all the time, and I felt very alone,” Pattison said in an interview with QG, describing a tent the production crew built for him where he would go between takes. “Even being in costume all the time. You’re not really allowed out of the studio with the costume on, so I barely knew what was going on outside…I’d be in the tent just doing some electronic music vibes in the costume, looking over the hood There’s something about the construction of the hood that makes it very difficult to read the books, so you almost have to lean forward to see through the hood.
Pattison added that the lonely hours spent engrossed in the character of Bruce Wayne and Batman made him look “really, really, really dead after”, and even remarked that he appeared “green” in the April 2020 photos while the film was still being filmed. once said that while filming Tim Burton Batman in 1989, he struggled with insomnia and took up jogging in the streets at night.
Despite the ordeal, Pattison remained convinced that director Matt Reeves’ take on the Dark Knight was an unusual personal story worth having, pointing out that it showcased Batman’s detective skills in ways never before seen in the movies. previous movies.
“I watched a rough cut of the movie for myself,” Pattison said. “And the first shot is so shocking compared to any other Batman movie that it’s just a totally different beat. It was what Matt said from the first encounter I had with him, ‘I wanna do a 70s black detective story, Like The conversation.’ And I sort of assumed that meant the mood board or something, her appearance. But from the first shot, it’s, Oh, it’s actually a detective story. And I feel like an idiot, because I didn’t even know that Batman was “the greatest detective in the world”; I had never heard this in my life before – but it really plays. Just because there’s a lot of stuff where he’s among the cops. Normally when you see Batman he comes around and beats people up. But he has conversations, and there are emotional scenes between them, which I don’t think has been in any of the other movies.”
Pattison’s portrayal of a young Bruce Wayne in his second year of crime-fighting wasn’t just inspired by darker Batman stories like Darwyn Cooke’s 2000 one-shot. Batman: Ego but also the leader of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain. Reeves has previously said that when writing the film, he based himself Batman’s version of Bruce – who struggles with compulsive addiction to fight crime – about Cobain, who faced drug addiction and depression despite his famous music career.
The Batman is set to hit theaters on March 4.
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