The Batman premiere: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano on the franchise reboot
Set to land in UK cinemas next week is the much-anticipated The Batman from Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), offering yet another fresh take on the Gotham City-set superhero drama. The all-star cast is enough of a draw alone, led by former Twilight star Robert Pattinson following in the footsteps of the likes of Christian Bale as Batman and Zoë Kravitz giving three very different Catwoman performances – Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway – a run for their money as the feline-inspired comic-book character. Then there’s Paul Dano as the Riddler, Colin Farrell unrecognisable as Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred, among others. The question is, will it be able to compete with Christopher Nolan’s noir-esque The Dark Knight trilogy? Exploring yet new territory in the well-known Batman world, it certainly looks like it just might.
The cast and crew were all on the red carpet last night in London for a special screening of the film.
Pattinson shared how he was terrified for an audience other than friends and family to see the film, what it was like trying on the costume for the first time and why Kravitz was perfect for her role. He also shared how it was the biggest role he’s ever taken on: “When I was younger I don’t think I would have been able to handle the pressure of it”.
The stunning Kravitz also shared why London was the perfect place for the screening, how Pattinson is such a fun human being and why it was so cool to play Catwoman: “I’ve always identified with cats”.
Paul Dano spoke about creating his version of the Riddler with the director, why the role was so exhausting to play and how Pattinson was his Batman.
Jeffrey Wright spoke about how excited he was about sharing the film with some seriously passionate fans, the coolest thing about being in a Batman movie and the 80 years of momentum that sits behind the comic franchise.
Andy Serkis said how surreal it felt for the film finally to be hitting screens, how Reeves is such as genius director and how he’s always admired Pattinson as an actor.
Director Matt Reeves then explained how satisfying it was for the film to finally be coming out after five years, how London became a special place for him and the cast and the desire to exceed people’s expectations.
Dylan Clark spoke about the legacy of the story and characters, how special Pattinson and Kravitz were together on screen and his favourite locations.
Catch more of the action on the red carpet below.
The Batman is released on 4th March 2022.
Watch the trailer for The Batman here: