Via an interview with COLLIDER, Jeffery Wright talks a bit about THE BATMAN and the legacy of playing James Gordon…
There have been some really wonderful actors who have played [James Gordon]. Gary Oldman, who I first worked with on BASQUIAT, is one of my absolute, very specific inspirations, early on, as a young actor. He inhabits a shelf unto himself, in my regard. So, I’m pretty stoked to have been asked to play a role that he played, and other great actors, but I don’t think that a comparison would be justified. The reason being is because what’s wonderful about these iterations of Batman is that they go back to 1939, and there’s been an evolution of these characters, since the beginning. The characters and the stories have reflected the times and social dynamics, in which they were created. As far as the films go, the characters, I feel, are very much specific to the interpretation of Gotham. And so, what I do is going to be very specific to Matt Reeves’ vision of Gotham, and it’s going to be reflective of what Robert Pattinson’s Batman is going to be. To pluck one character out of the whole is a forced idea. All of us are working together to create a tone, language, an energy, and a vibe that is specific to our film.
Click on the links provided for the full interview (which is mostly about WESTWORLD, FYI).
Filming of THE BATMAN is currently on hiatus in the UK. Follow BOF’s Everything About THE BATMAN Page. Make plans to attend BOF’s THE BATMAN Watch Party. THE BATMAN hits theaters on June 25, 2021 — for the time being. – Bill “Jett” Ramey