As per a tweet from director Matt Reeves, filming for Robert Pattinson’s “The Batman” has started, with Deadline reporting that filming has begun in London.
It marks the first feature film that Reeves has directed since the highly successful “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”.
Reeves included cinematographer Greig Fraser in the tweet, who’s most recent work includes “Vice” and three episodes of “The Mandalorian”. Fraser began filming on Denis Villeneuve’s much anticipated “Dune” back in March but is now available to begin production on what is touted to be one of the most eagerly awaited comic book movies of the new decade.
There aren’t many plot details that have been revealed, but much of the cast had previously been announced and it’s a stellar line-up. Colin Farrell, Zoe Kravitz, Andy Serkis, Paul Dano, and Jeffrey Wright will all have major roles, as The Penguin, Catwoman, Alfred Pennyworth, The Riddler, and Commissioner Gordon respectively. Jonah Hill was previously linked with the project but nothing came to fruition.
What is known is that “The Batman” will not follow on from any previous Batman installments, including Ben Affleck’s version of the character, and instead will serve as a standalone film. Whether or not this feature leads on to any sequels remains to be seen.
His casting of “The Batman” sees a return to blockbuster cinema for Robert Pattinson, after a string of critically acclaimed indie films. Since finishing up the “Twilight” franchise, Pattinson has won plaudits for his work in “Good Time”, “High Life” and most recently “The Lighthouse”. Pattinson is no stranger to the big Warner Bros project, having played a major part in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”.
“The Batman” is slated for a June 25, 2021 release, from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.