‘The Batman’ director on how long it took to film that Arkham Asylum scene

The big picture

  • The final scene between Batman and The Riddler in The Batman Filming lasted two days, with a total of “70 or 80” takes.
  • Paul Dano’s portrayal of the Riddler included dealing with various emotions, from tickling to temper tantrums. Reeves found his performance surprising and fantastic and always wanted to do another take.
  • The Batman is expanding into a cinematic universe, with spin-off TV shows planned for Penguin and Arkham Asylum. A continuation, The Batman – Part II, is scheduled to appear in 2025.

In 2022 The Batmanthe dark knight (Robert Pattinson) had to stop the Riddler (Paul Dano) from his series of murders. Only after the Riddler’s arrest did Batman finally face the villain in person at Arkham Asylum. When speaking with The guard, The Batman director Matt Reeves revealed how long it took the cast and crew to film the scene. He also opened up about Dano’s creative process while filming the scene.

In the scene, Batman and Riddler talk to each other through a glass window. In addition to trying to learn more about the villain and his overall plan, Batman is also concerned about the possibility that the villain has discovered that he is actually Bruce Wayne. In the article, Reeves revealed that the scene was filmed over several days. “The final scene between him and Robert Pattinson as Batman took us two days, and we must have done easily 70 or 80 takes,” Reeves said. “Paul loves doing lots of takes, just like me.”

The Riddler experiences many emotions in the scene. He reveals to Batman that not only was he inspired by the Dark Knight, but he also sees them as part of the same team. When Batman tells the villain that they are nothing alike, the Riddler becomes angry because his plan with the vigilante isn’t going the way he wanted. “Paul loves to explore. He’s obsessed with it,” Reeves said. “As the Riddler, there were all these moments where he would be tickled by something and then fly into a rage, and you never knew from shot to shot where that switch would come. I sat there with my headphones on trying to stifle my laughter because he was always doing something surprising. Paul [Dano] would ask myself, ‘Was that crazy?’ Was that too much?’ I’d say, ‘No, it’s fantastic.’ Let’s do another one.’”

Paul Dano The Rider The Batman 2022
Image via Warner Bros

The Expanding Universe of “The Batman”

While DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn And Peter Safran are planning a new DC universe, The Batman also expands into a cinematic universe. In addition to playing the Riddler, Dano also wrote a comic about the villain’s origin story Riddler: Year one. Colin FarrellThe Penguin’s version will star in his own upcoming television series, premiering on Max. Max also has another spin-off television series in development that will focus on Arkham Asylum. A sequel to the first film, The Batman – Part IIis scheduled to hit theaters on October 3, 2025. Both Pattinson and Reeves will return for the sequel.

The Batman is currently available to stream on Max.

Dustin Huang

Dustin Huang is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dustin Huang joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: dustinhuang@24ssports.com.

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