Just as a new, darker version of the Justice League recently hit HBO Max in the form of J.J. Abrams-produced Justice League Black series, it appears that the next version of Batman will also be following suit and receiving a darker re-imagining. The Batman director Matt Reeves has already said that he plans to approach the iconic DC character in a different and more unique way than what's been done previously, and now Andy Serkis—who will be playing Batman's butler and best friend Alfred Pennyworth in the film—has also given us another clue as to what direction The Batman might be headed.
"I would say that's not far from the truth," Serkis told LADbible when asked if fans can expect a darker version of Batman this time around.
"It's very much about the emotional connection between Alfred and Bruce," he said. "That's really at the center of it. And it is a really exquisite script that Matt has written."
Serkis would go on to talk about how he plans to approach portraying Alfred, and how he wants to avoid comparing himself to previous actors like Michael Caine who played the role before him.
"He [Caine] was fantastic," he said. "His Alfred was legendary, I couldn't even begin to go there, really. 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."
Serkis' hints make sense considering the darker and bleaker costume designs we've seen over the last few months. The Batman saw its production halted earlier this year by Warner Bros. due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. The reboot is set to star Robert Pattinson as the iconic caped crusader and was originally supposed to hit theaters on June 25, 2021, but that date has now been moved to October 1, 2021.