Andy Serkis is a busy man at the moment as he is editing Venom: Let There Be Carnage, but that doesn’t mean he can’t talk The Batman as well.
While production on The Batman is still be shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, that doesn’t mean people aren’t talking about it. Andy Serkis spoke with LAD Bible recently and shared some thoughts on the tone of the film as well as his take on Alfred Pennyworth.
Interviews early in a film’s production are always difficult as actors can’t say much, but when you think of “Batman,” it’s natural to ask how dark a project is going to be. Serkis was asked if the film would be “darker, broodier,” to which he replied, “I would say that’s not far from the truth.” He went on to clarify that slightly, saying, “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.”
While Serkis has stepped behind the camera now for his Venom sequel, he will be very much in front of it for The Batman. The question, however, is how do you follow the other men such as Michael Caine who have played Alfred? “He [Caine] was fantastic. His Alfred was legendary, I couldn’t even begin to go there, really,” said Serkis. “You find it for yourself. It’s like playing these iconic roles in Shakespeare, you go back, you revisit them and you have to make it your own, and see what it is about the character that connects with you and your personal venn diagram.”
As to the interruption of the film’s production, Serkis said, “I was literally half way through shooting my part in it when we got shut down. So it will be interesting to see when that resurfaces how it has been affected by it [lockdown]. But it is, it’s going to be a beautiful film.”
The Batman is due to hit theaters on Oct. 1, 2021.