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'The Batman,' starring Robert Pattinson, begins filming

Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Batman, a new movie starring Robert Pattinson as the DC Comics character, has officially started filming.

Director Matt Reeves shared a first photo Monday on Twitter from the film's set in London.

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Reeves posted a picture of a clapperboard resting on leather furniture. The board shows the cast and crew were filming scene 17, and that Reeves is shooting with film versus digital.

"#DayOne #TheBatman cc: @GreigfraserD," Reeves captioned the post, tagging director of photography Greig Fraser.

Fraser and The Batman co-writer Mattson Tomlin re-tweeted Reeves' photo.

"You guys have no idea what kind of awesome you're in for," Tomlin wrote.

Jeffrey Wright, who plays Commissioner James Gordon in the film, also shared the photo.

"Shine the light," he wrote, adding a bat emoji.

Reeves is known for directing Cloverfield, Let Me in and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, while Fraser is known for his cinematography work on Zero Dark Thirty and Lion.

The Batman opens in theaters in 2021. The movie co-stars Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, Colin Farrell as Penguin, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth.

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Farrell said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week that The Batman has a "really beautiful, dark, moving script."

Kravitz said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month that her Catwoman role is "very physical."

"It's been great, and hard," she said. "I come home just limping every day."

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