Liverpool to star in The Batman movie as Gotham City

Liverpool will play a massive role in The Batman, as filming is expected to resume in September.

American filmmaker Matt Reeves, who is directing the upcoming superhero film, spoke recently at DC FanDome, a virtual convention held by DC Comics and Warner Bros.

During an interview, he confirmed Liverpool is to be the backbone for Gotham City as they shoot the remaining 75% of the film.

Matt was asked by a fan: "What should we expect to see from Gotham City in this film?"

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He responded: "It's just as important as any of the Rogues Gallery, it's sort of like the nature of this place is and the history of it is critically important to our story.

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Batman film set at St Georges Hall, Liverpool. Photo by Colin Lane

"One of things I really wanted to do because it is the centre of this story, especially the history of corruption in the city, was I wanted to present it in a way that was really fleshed out.

"I wanted it to feel like an American city you'd never been to."

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Matt continued: "Let's say there's like a Gotham Square, so that's like Times Square, right, now if we shot it in Times Square then you'd be like I guess Gotham is New York.

"But in our case it's actually going to be Liverpool and the idea is to go to Liverpool, where there is all the foundation of the Gothic architecture and then add all of the more modern structures through CG.

"But in a way, that when you see the movie, you'll be like: 'Hey where's the city, where did they shoot?'

"So the aspect of Gotham and realising it has been for me one of the great pleasures in getting to mount the movie."

In March, filming for Hollywood production was cancelled in the city centre due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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