The Batman Cinematographer Teases Film’s Darkness

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Another week, another round of teasing and hyoe-building for the next iteration of Batman in the form of Matt Reeves’ The Batman, this time from the film’s cinematographer.

Greig Fraser, who has won an Academy Award for his work on Lion, has joined the world of the DCEU for the first time, and has spoken with Collider about the dark tone of the film and character, as well as his process:

“It’s a good question and it’s a question we ask ourselves. I can’t talk specifically of course. There’s darkness in the character for sure and we need to create a mood, which is obvious, it’s a Batman film. I don’t think it’s going to be oppressively dark in terms of visually, because that’s not what we’re trying to (do). We’re not trying to have a competition about who can go the darkest of the darkest of the darkest. We’re trying to create intrigue. I love the way some of the comics look. You can see relatively quite clearly in those graphic novels.”

The Batman Cinematographer Teases Film's Darkness

It sounds like Reeves is dedicated to bringing the proper amount of darkness to the character, something he showed he could balance adeptly in his two Planet of the Apes films. He doesn’t want to be dark for the sake of being dark, but rather have the darkness be reflective of the character’s inner struggles.

We still don’t know a whole lot about the movie, but we do know that it is packed with a strong cast including Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, Zoe Kravitz, Geoffrey Wright, and Andy Serkis.

The production on The Batman is set to restart soon in the U.K., with the film being set for release on October 1st, 2021.

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