ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke with Max and Charlie Carver to celebrate the home release of the batman on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. The brothers talked about acting together on screen, getting into their characters, and taking a hit from Robert Pattinson.
“Two years of stalking the streets as Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has brought Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies—Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lieutenant James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright)—among the city’s corrupt network of high-profile officials and figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the only incarnation of revenge between his family. fellow citizens,” says the synopsis. “When a killer targets Gotham City’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the world’s greatest detective on an underworld investigation, where he encounters the likes of Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka The Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka The Riddler (Paul Dano).”
Tyler Treese: Max, I’m sure it’s always special working with your brother, but what did it mean to both of you to work on a franchise as iconic as Batman? I’m sure it had to be a childhood dream.
max carver: Oh, definitely. Definitely a childhood dream. I mean, I remember, you know, Charlie and I grew up with a very limited amount of “TV time” each week, but on the weekends, we’d watch these movies and be like, “Man, I wonder what it is?” I would like to be a part of that.” So when we found out we were cast in The Batman, one of the most iconic franchises of all time, it was like I still can’t believe it. I was joking with Charlie earlier, “I’m on set right now and the Batmobile is behind me and Batman and Penguin are there and what am I doing here?” But I think the other thing is also that every time you get a new job and you’re assigned this new role, you’re setting yourself up to come off as a pro. And I think the wonderful thing about working with my brother is that I can do that with someone, and we can do it together and support each other in that process. So whether it was physical training or stunt work or whatever, we were always able to shoot together, which was great.
Charlie, your characters are only known as the twins in the movie and we don’t have many names or backgrounds. So I wanted to ask you, were you inspired by any comic book characters? There are a lot of twins in Batman.
charlie carver: We both recognized that there are a lot of characters, particularly even in the Batman series that are twins, but what’s great about The Batman is that it feels like an origin story, even though it’s the second year for Batman himself and for a many of these other characters. So what we focused on the most, I think, was the backstory about getting into this criminal underworld, you know, what would that feel like? What would we have been exposed to and would we keep the energies open for wherever the twins might go and how they might evolve?
max.: I think we were also looking at our relationship with the Penguin, because we’re almost like his little pitbulls. And it was really fun once we were on set too, developing a kind of relationship with Colin. [Farrell]. Like, it all starts to feel like, wow, these relationships that I’ve imagined, this story that I’ve spent some time in my head on now unfolds both when the camera is rolling and when it’s not. So that’s always a journey.
Robert Pattinson really transformed into Batman. What was it like for him to be on the other side of a beating from Batman? The fight scenes are great. There is so much great choreography.
max.: Yeah. I mean, Rob was so awesome because we would work on this… getting the timing right, getting the feel right. Because it has to be something more than action. It has to have a story and an impact on the audience. And I know the vibe was really visceral and it’s one thing to be there on set because you could work with the stunt crew and shoot backwards or whatever and go through that. And that’s exactly how you rehearse it. When Rob walks in, he pulls down. I remember Rob… I remember at one point, his fist just kissing the tip of my nose and, you know, if the stuntmen were going at this speed, like [does fast punching motions] ba-ba-ba, Rob came in and said [does faster/harder punching motions] BA-BA-BA, and you’d be like, “Oh my God, this is real.” But he really brought that visceral quality to those scenes and it was great. Then they would call to hang up and Rob would just laugh or giggle, and you were like, “Okay, this is crazy.”