Jeffrey Wright Talks About His Approach To Playing Commissioner Gordon
When he was cast in The Batman, Jeffrey Wright became the latest in the long line of actors to bring Jim Gordon to life. While speaking with Collider, Wright offered some tidbits about how his and Reeves’ interpretation of Gordon stands out from the others.
Wright actually has a connection to a previous Gordon actor. Back in 1996, he starred opposite Oldman (who memorably played Gotham’s police commissioner in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy) in Basquiat. Wright credits Oldman with inspiring him as a young actor. However, he doesn’t think it would be fair to compare their respective takes on Gordon.
“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,” explained Wright. “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. 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.”
Currently, production on The Batman is on hold until the COVID-19 outbreak passes. But Wright also insists that the cast and crew remains committed to staying true to their vision.
“All of us are working together to create a tone and a language and an energy and a vibe that is specific to our film,” added Wright. “That’s what we were in the middle of doing when the alarm sounded that at least we Americans needed to get the hell out of there, so that we could get back home. That’s where we are right now, very much in the middle of things.”
Coronavirus permitting, The Batman will hit theaters on June 25, 2021.
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