Peter Sarsgaard Talks The Batman Production

Production on The Batman is underway right now over in London. So far, all we know is director Matt Reeves has assembled an exceptional cast to surround Robert Pattinson as the new Dark Knight. There’s Colin Farrell, who was recently confirmed to play The Penguin, Zoe Kravitz as the sneaky Catwoman, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon. However, we don’t yet know who Peter Sarsgaard will play in the movie. But that hasn’t stopped the actor from discussing what making The Batman feels like, which he compares to see The Pixies in concert when he was in college. Wait, what? Read More »

the batman has begun filming

It’s been nearly three years since Zack Snyder’s Justice League gave us the most recent live-action version of Batman on the big screen. (Young Bruce Wayne in Joker doesn’t count). But today, the countdown to seeing a new version of The Dark Knight officially begins: Matt ReevesThe Batman has begun filming in London.
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tenet first look

Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet has remained shrouded in secrecy, as most upcoming Nolan films do. But a trailer is imminent, along with an IMAX-only prologue. As a result, Nolan is finally opening up a little bit about his latest, which stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. There’s a new Tenet first look that offers an image from the film, and it comes accompanied by a quote from Nolan talking about how this might be his most ambitious work to date.

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(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

A lot can change in a lifetime, so said the meme-able tagline for The Irishman this year. But it doesn’t even take a full life to observe a radical change in the trajectory of a life, as shown by the many artists who changed the course of their careers during the 2010s. It’s one thing to stage a comeback when you’re down and out in the public eye – after all, who doesn’t love an underdog story? – and another to successfully execute a 180-degree shift when things are going fairly smoothly.

This list pays tribute to those in the industry who pulled off pivots that caught us off-guard but did their job of redefining an already established star image. You might notice a running theme in this list: it’s disproportionately male, white and straight, unfortunately. This indicates that there is still room for the industry to improve in the 2020s and allow more opportunities for women, people of color and LGBTQ+ artists to spread their wings and avoid becoming pigeonholed into a single identity. But given the breadth of artists reshaping a well-known persona in this decade, they have many great playbooks to run.

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Netflix’s The King is a reverse Hobbit: instead of adapting one book into three movies, it adapts three plays into one film. Shorn of Shakespearean dialogue, this loose retelling of Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V gets by on character and plot. Timothée Chalamet brings a brooding intensity to the Henry V role, which sees him following in the footsteps of classically trained luminaries like Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir Kenneth Branagh. That he can hold his own as a screen presence, even in comparison to thespians such as those, bodes well for his starring role in next year’s Dune.

The King also reunites director David Michôd with Joel Edgerton and Ben Mendolsohn, two actors who broke out internationally after appearing in Michôd’s 2010 Australian crime drama, Animal Kingdom. Edgerton serves as Michôd’s co-writer here, just as he did for the 2014 dystopian outback Western, The Rover, starring Guy Pearce. Michôd brings back Robert Pattinson from that movie; like Chalamet, Pattinson is no stranger to heartthrob status, and he’s set to headline a future tentpole (just a little movie called The Batman).

The King arrives in a post-Game of Thrones landscape where at-home audiences have become inured to watching court intrigue play out in medieval settings. Yet its source material predates Game of Thrones by centuries. Writer George R.R. Martin drew from the same period of history as Shakespeare’s Henriad, the cycle of plays that this movie partially adapts. Among other things, The King depicts the muddy hell of the Battle of Agincourt, the original inspiration for the Battle of the Bastards. This may not be Westeros, but war is still bloody and mud underfoot is an apt symbol for the innocence-to-experience arc that Chalamet’s conflicted prince undergoes as he dons his father’s crown and enters the moral quagmire of adulthood.

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the king trailer final

Timothée Chalamet is Henry V in The King, a new, gritty Netflix take on a story that’s previously been told by both William Shakespeare and Orson Welles. In The King, Chalamet’s Prince Hal has spent his life ignoring his royal lineage, but that all changes when his father dies, forcing Hal to take the throne. Now he has to deal with his kingly duties, and also a bewigged Robert Pattinson using a French accent. Watch the final The King trailer below.

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robert pattinson on playing batman

Robert Pattinson is the new Batman, but if you’re hoping for an overly heroic Caped Crusader, don’t hold your breath. In a new interview, Pattinson opens up about taking on the cape and cowl of the Dark Knight and talks about how morally gray and complicated his Batman will be. Read more about Robert Pattinson on playing Batman below.

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the batman cast catwoman

Matt Reeves‘ The Batman has found its Catwoman. Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies) will join Robert Pattinson in the new take on the Dark Knight. Not much is known about Reeves’ new Batman movie, except for the fact that it’s going to be yet another fresh start for the character, completely removed from Ben Affleck’s recent DCEU Caped Crusader.

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joker batman

Joaquin Phoenix‘s Joker is being lauded as as all-time great portrayal of the infamous Batman rogue. But what’s the Joker without Batman? And what kind of opportunity would we miss out on to not see Phoenix and Robert Pattinson, two of today’s most searingly bold working actors, face off? But that meeting is just not in the cards, according to Joker director Todd Phillips.

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Heavy is the head that wears the cape and cowl — literally. Luckily, Robert Pattinson is the latest in a long line of actors who have taken on the role of Batman, and he has several people to turn to for advice to play the Caped Crusader. While Ben Affleck was the last actor to put on the cape, it’s Christian Bale that many audiences still remember, due to the critical and commercial success of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. Now, Bale has some advice to give to Pattinson when he puts on the Batsuit, and it’s similar to what he told Affleck. Read More »