LAST time out he was the man behind Batman.
But this time round Huddersfield stunt man Buster Reeves is fighting for the Dark Knight’s nemesis.
While Hollywood star Christian Bale may be the world-famous face behind Batman’s mask, former Newsome High School pupil Buster Reeves, 37, was the man risking his neck.
The professional stunt man was his double in 2005’s Batman Begins and 2009 hit The Dark Knight – winning the prestigious ‘best fight’ at the Taurus World Stunt Awards in Los Angeles in the process.
With the latest instalment of the popular Batman films, The Dark Knight Rises, due out on July 20, Buster’s stunt work will again be on the big-screen.
This time though, he has switched sides and will be doubling for Batman’s enemy, Bane, played by up-and-coming British actor Tom Hardy.
Now living in California, Buster began his stunt career through the use of his expert martial arts skills.
He had four black belts by the age of 21 and was a three time martial arts world champion at three different weights.
He has now forged a long career in the movies, doubling for Brad Pitt in Troy and performing and co-ordinating stunts in a host of famous films including The Bourne Ultimatum, War of the Worlds, Die Another Day, Stand up Guys, with Al Pacino, and the recent Games of Thrones series, for which he won an Emmy for the best fight scenes.
Buster’s dad, Terry, who still lives in Huddersfield, said his son had enjoyed a bigger role on the upcoming Batman release.
He said filming for the latest Gotham City epic had taken Buster to Philadelphia, New Orleans and even to London.
He said: “Buster had to shave all his hair off and put on a few pounds as Bane is this big ugly thing.
“He also had to organise all the fight scenes as he’s moved up a level and is now a stunt co-ordinator.”
Terry said his son was now hot property on the Hollywood stunt scene and was hoping to move up the career ladder to the role of second unit director – the person who directs all stunt scenes on a movie.
He said: “He’s still doing stunts, people are always after him to do work.
“He’s probably one of the top stunt men in the world now and he’s having to turn work down.
“But he’s been a stunt co-ordinator for two years and the next step is second unit director.
“He’s still in tip-top shape and trains every day but he doesn’t want to be doing many stunts now, he wants to be co-ordinating them.”