October 20th, 2020 / No Comments

Robert Pattinson The Batman Using Mandalorian Virtual Production Techniques for Selet Scenes


From The Hollywood Reporter:

Warner Bros.’ The Batman, which is currently filming in the UK, is using virtual production techniques for select scenes, Industrial Light & Magic chief creative officer Rob Bredow revealed on Monday, during a featured session from this year’s virtual VIEW visual effects and animation confab.

Virtual production — a term generally used to describe techniques that enable real-time visual effects production — has been steadily growing in popularity, particularly with Jon Favreau’s uses on The Lion King and The Mandalorian.

Bredow declined to detail work on The Batman, only saying the production design team had pre-built practical sets in the UK and an LED wall was built around these sets to enable use of virtual production in those specific scenes. He added that this meant the ILM team could continue to collaborate with Batman DP Greig Fraser, who recently won an Emmy for The Mandalorian and also shot Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

And for those like me who need layman’s terms on what this means – Collider provides the following:

Briefly, what made The Mandalorian cutting-edge was the ability to render virtual backgrounds in real-time on an LED wall using a game engine. This meant that scenes set outside on a cold planet, indoors at a tavern, or in a massive star-ship hangar could all be shot on the same soundstage with the VFX background rendered in real-time. Meaning you didn’t have to wait 9-12 months for the post-production team to create the background after the fact.

The connective tissue here is Fraser, the DP behind both the first season of The Mandalorian and the highly anticipated reboot The Batman. He helped develop the virtual production technology and ensure it worked in a cinematic way, and when I spoke to Fraser earlier this year during an extended interview about his career, he predicted almost every film in the future would be using this technology:

“I see a world where almost every film will use this technology in some way, shape or form. Be it from a $250 million blockbuster down to a $2 million independent movie using it for one sequence that they dry hire a studio that’s already been built and they get in there like a location. So I believe when the technology kicks on and gets widely adopted, when people understand what it can do, I believe it’ll be used quite a lot.”

October 18th, 2020 / No Comments

Robert Pattinson The Batman Filming Until February 2021


Colin Farrell (Oswald Cobblepott|The Penguin) was recently on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show and talked a little about filming on The Batman. He confirmed that he will be shooting on and off until February February 2021. Listen to the podcast by clicking on the link above – The Batman talk starts around 6:44. No surprise then that the film has been pushed back to March 2022 which gives Matt Reeves ample time to finish the film.

Thanks to Batman on Film for heads up.

October 18th, 2020 / No Comments

Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne Drives a 1963 Corvette Stingray in The Batman

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We posted photos of Rob sitting in a black corvette on The Batman set the other day and thought you might like learn a little bit more about Bruce Wayne’s vehicle of choice. According to GM Authority

[R]ecent photos of the movie set reveal that Bruce Wayne will be driving a Split-Window 1963 Chevy Corvette – in black, of course.

For those who may be unaware, the Split-Window 1963 Chevy Corvette is one of the most desirable classic Vette models ever produced, exuding rarity, performance, and iconic American styling – just the right combo for a man of wealth and taste like Bruce Wayne.

How rare is this car? Motor Biscuit gives us some insight:

The second generation of the Chevrolet Corvette was launched in 1963. The whole new design included a split rear window for the coupe. The Corvette was only produced for one year with that split rear window. So, the split window 1963 Corvette is rare on its own. But, there is one ultra-rare option that was available for 1963. This Corvette has it. 

By the early 1960s, the original Corvette had grown a little long in the tooth. So, in 1963 a new generation of the sports car was launched. This would become the most distinctive American sports car of the early 1960s. That distinction was due to the boat-tail rear end that housed a split rear window. Many loved the sports car’s design for its rear window treatment. However, it was also a hindrance to rear visibility. So, a lot of people that purchased a Vette, as it was affectionately called, would later buy kits that allowed them to change the split window to a singular window. That makes finding a surviving split rear window car from 1963 rare. But, that is not the ultra-rare option that makes this Vette a gem.

The Corvette Sting Ray Coupe example below has the split window and the factory airconditioning. In fact, it has a lot of the factory options that could have been ordered originally. It is an automatic-equipped vehicle with power windows, power brakes, power steering, tinted windows, whitewall tires, and even the AM/FM radio. This well-optioned sports car is finished in a Daytona Blue exterior, over a dark blue interior. The car has the 327 Turbo-Fire V8. So, it is a cruiser in addition to being able to go, go, go. 

October 18th, 2020 / No Comments

Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne on the Batman Set (Liverpool, 17 Oct 2020)


A few shots of Rob from the 17 October 2020 filming of what appears to be a Halloween Party. Filming is also occurring in Chicago without principal cast – I hope the film isn’t pushed back further from March 2022.

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October 16th, 2020 / No Comments

Robert Pattinson mentioned by Matt Damon to Ben Affleck

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are offering to fly you to LA to have lunch with them and to try to entice they came up with this comedic gold. Lol at Matt Damon telling Ben Affleck “Pattinson took your job”.

October 15th, 2020 / No Comments

Robert Pattinson on The Batman Set (Liverpool, 14 Oct 2020)

For those interested, here is some snippets of Rob on the set taken by fans on the sidelines and photo agencies

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