The Batman: Peter Sarsgaard Talks About 'Intense' Scenes and Character

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The DC Extended Universe is finally set to bring its very first solo movie for Bruce Wayne in 2021's The Batman , directed by Matt Reeves. With a cast filled by Hollywood mainstays such as Robert Pattinson , Zoë Kravitz , Jeffrey Wright and more, it's clear that Warner Bros. and DC Films are putting their best foot forward as they attempt to reinvent the Caped Crusader with the second version of the character in this franchise alone.

Batman has always been the the focal point amongst some of the darkest and most intense stories in the comic book movie universe, and this trend looks to continue next year as Robert Pattinson takes over the cape and cowl from Ben Affleck. More insight into the hardcore nature of this movie was also just revealed by one of the DCEU's newest stars.


In a recent interview with The Observer , actor Peter Saarsgard, who plays Gotham district attorney Gil Colson in The Batman , opened up on his experience working on the new DC Extended Universe blockbuster. Along with detailing how much of an exciting spectacle the new film is to work on, he added this quote when asked if there was any trepidation on his part joining the franchise:

My part is very intense. On a big show like that my main concern was that I would have to do it 150 times—this intense scene and then that intense scene. My character is at nine out of ten for a lot of it. That was going through my head a lot, like ‘How do I maintain this?

Saarsgard also added that he doesn't know when the film's production will resume. "No one has talked to me about when yet. But at some point we’ll go back."


This does give a little more insight into the character that Peter Saarsgard will play in the new Bruce Wayne-centric film as he deals with both villlains and Gotham's finest. Saarsgard's Gil Colson has been described as a sort of slimy politician who has a rocky relationship with the truth. Colson from the comics ends up turning into Two-Face similarly to Gotham's other famous DA Harvey Dent, and it will be interesting to see if he takes that villainous rout in a movie that already features the Penguin, the Riddler, Carmine Falcone and possibly the Joker .

Saarsgard is no stranger to the comic book movie universe after playing Hector Hammond in 2011's Green Lantern , which featured future Deadpool Ryan Reynolds in the leading role as Hal Jordan. He is also married to Maggie Gyllenhaal, who portayed Rachel Dawes in 2008's T he Dark Knight ; her brother Jake also starred in 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home from the MCU as Quentin Beck/Mysterio. His new role in the upcoming Batman solo movie is one shrouded in mystery, and fans are already excited to see exactly how intense he will turn out to be.

Matt Reeves' The Batman has been given the go-ahead to resume filming, although there is no timeframe for when this will happen. The film is set for worldwide release on October 1, 2021

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.