The Batman will use The Mandalorian‘s StageCraft technology. Read on for more details.
The Batman has resumed filming recently in both Liverpool and Chicago after Lockdown. Prior to lockdown the shoot was in my home City of Glasgow. However, there will be plenty of VFX trickery going on as well. ILM’s chief creative officer Rob Bredow revealed that The Batman would be using the ground-breaking ‘StageCraft’ technology. This technology was first used during John Favreau’s The Lion King. However, the technology has become even more refined and desirable following its use in Season 1 of The Mandalorian. Bredow was speaking at the virtual VIEW visual effects and animation convention, as covered by THR.
According to the trade, The Batman‘s,
“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. [Bredow] added that this meant the ILM team could continue to collaborate with Batman DP Greig Fraser, who recently won an Emmy for The Mandalorian.”
Let’s face it, it was harder to tell when The Mandalorian was using location sets or virtual sets. The technology is very good and allows the actors to feel part of the scene as opposed to the old green screen tech. It’s previously been revealed that StageCraft will be used for Thor: Love and Thunder too, something that makes sense seeing as Taika Waititi also used it on The Mandalorian. Waititi directed the final episode of Season 1 and will be back in Star Wars for the next movie which is expected around 20203/24.
As for the StageCraft technology, the more productions that use it successfully, the more in demand it will be. With Disney owning ILM and therefore StageCraft, that’s surely a potential income stream form other studios wishes to use the technology? What do you think of this news The Batman will use The Mandalorian‘s StageCraft technology? Leave your thoughts below in the usual spot.