Robert Pattinson's Batman Voice Is Inspired By Willem Dafoe's Drunken Lighthouse Keeper

“I think Batman has a sort of pirate-y kind of voice."

Before Robert Pattinson can begin work on The Batman, he’s doing press for another film called The Lighthouse, also starring Willem Dafoe, and it seems as though Pattinson has taken some inspiration from Dafoe for his next role.

Speaking with Access Hollywood, Pattinson revealed he was inspired by Dafoe’s drunken lighthouse keeper character when it came down to nailing his voice for the role as the Caped Crusader.

When asked if he’d been practising his Batman voice, Pattinson said, “Willem’s voice in [The Lighthouse] was quite inspiring for it, to be honest… It is pretty similar, the voice I’m gonna do, to Willem’s.”

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He then offered a small playful growl as an example, before adding, “I think Batman has a sort of pirate-y kind of voice. I think they’re really suited.”

To be fair, Dafoe’s voice in the film does have a certain Batman-y sound to it:

Nailing the voice for Batman is pretty damn important, I mean, we all still remember Christian Bale’s gravelly whisper-growl that he put on.

In another interview with the BBC (via Twitter), Pattinson said he wants the movie to be “frightening”, and with Dafoe’s voice as inspiration, we have no doubt about that!

“I wanted to do something on a big stage, and so I ended up doing Chris Nolan’s movie [Tenet], which I was really, really happy about at the beginning of this year. And then Batman was kind of a surprise to me.

“Now that I’m starting to get into it, I don’t want to approach it as kind of a big studio thing where all you’re really doing is thinking about your trailer. I want to approach it in exactly the same way [as The Lighthouse], I want it to be frightening, I want it to be something you lose yourself in,” he explained.

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He went on to say, “It’s more difficult to do because it’s such a familiar character to lots of people, but… I think if you can find a way to lose yourself in it, I think that’s really exciting.”

Director Matt Reeves has previously said he wants to focus more on the character as a detective, which other movies haven’t really done before, but could very much lend itself to the idea of the movie being frightening.

The Batman will also star Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Paul Dano as The Riddler.

This Is What Paul Dano Could Look Like As The Riddler In 'The Batman'

Spoiler alert: It's very different to Jim Carrey's version!

It was announced last week that Paul Dano will be playing Edward Nashton AKA The Riddler in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. And while some Batman fans might not know what to expect from him, Dano has proven he’s a great choice for the villain after starring in films like There Will Be Blood, Prisoners, 12 Years A Slave among many others.

In case you’re still struggling to picture him in the role, Bosslogic has taken to Instagram to share what they believe Dano will look like as The Riddler – and it’s totally on point.

You can also see Robert Pattinson in character as Batman in the background of the photo.

Dano’s outfit is obviously very different from Jim Carrey’s version of the character who wore a bright green catsuit in Batman Forever.

In Bosslogic’s photo, Dano is seen wearing the character’s trademark bowler hat, jacket and tie, and there isn’t any crazy green or purple taking over the look. There’s just the one question mark on his tie as opposed to Carrey’s outfit which was covered in them, and it’s probably a lot closer to how Reeves sees the character in his Batman universe.

Reeves has previously said he wants to dive into the idea of Batman being the greatest detective in the world, so having the Riddler and all the puzzles that come with him as part of the movie should be a lot of fun.

After creating Dano’s look for the film, Bosslogic also shared a photo of the way he envisions Zoe Kravitz to look as Catwoman and totally nails it again.

Jonah Hill was reportedly in the running to play either The Riddler or The Penguin in the flick, but it was believed he and the studio couldn’t agree on which character he’d play.

Variety reports the talks dragged on for so long, the filmmakers began speaking with Dano on the side and when Hill passed on the role, Dano was cast.

It’s believed that Jeffrey Wright will be joining Pattinson, Kravitz and Dano in the film as Commissioner Jim Gordon.

The Batman is set for release in June 2021.

James Gunn Explains Why Jared Leto's Joker Won't Make An Appearance In 'The Suicide Squad'

But is there more to it?

When Warner Bros announced they would be making a standalone Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto wasn’t happy about it, and now he’s noticeably absent from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad cast.

So, what’s going on with Leto’s Joker and why isn’t he involved in The Suicide Squad?

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It turns out, the answer is pretty simple, according to Gunn.

Speaking in an Instagram Story Q&A, one fan asked Gunn how he could justify not having the Joker in his Suicide Squad movie, the director didn’t directly say the character wouldn’t be in the film, but said the Joker isn’t part of the Suicide Squad comics to begin with.

He said, “No one but me and a few others know all the characters in the movie, but if the Joker isn’t in the film, I don’t think it would be strange as he isn’t a part of the Suicide Squad in the comics.”

The only reason the Joker was in David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad was to explain Harley Quinn’s origin story and to add some conflict. He’s a supporting character who isn’t part of the Squad.

We’ve had no indication about whether or not Leto will make a cameo or surprise appearance in the film. Harley will be a key character in The Suicide Squad and it’s entirely possible the Joker could be written out of Harley’s story in Birds of Prey.

But is Gunn telling the truth? Could there be a bigger reason for not wanting to work with Leto on The Suicide Squad?

In May, 2018 Gunn responded to a tweet written by Dylan Sprouse about Leto with some serious allegations:

It’s important to also note that there haven’t been any police reports filed against Leto in regards to these allegations.

According to ScreenGeek, in 2012, Gunn also tweeted, “Driving home from Vegas trading stories about what a dick Jared Leto is.”

So, it doesn’t seem as though the director is a huge fan of Leto and perhaps he didn’t want to work with the actor – or perhaps Leto didn’t want to work with him after finding out about the tweets.

Whatever the case may be, THR is also reporting that Leto won’t be returning as the Joker in any capacity and their reasoning is due to his frustration over Todd Phillips’ Joker film. However, at this stage, it’s simply a rumour and has yet to be confirmed.

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Apparently, Leto thought Warner Bros was stringing him along with promises of his own Joker stand-alone film, only to go ahead with Phillips’ version instead (which isn’t part of the DCEU like his character is).

The publication also reports that the studio wasn’t all that impressed with the pranks Leto pulled on his co-stars in order to get into character, like sending a live rat to Margot Robbie, bullets to Will Smith and a dead pig to the cast and crew during rehearsal.

David Ayer only used 10 minutes of Leto’s performance in Suicide Squad, which likely angered Leto further.

So, it’s possible Leto might not have chosen to come back for another round as the Joker, or Gunn perhaps simply chose not to write him into the script because he’s clearly not a fan?

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