“To avoid the usual bad-guy cliches, he acts more like a guy who enjoys what he is doing in a playful way. We also explored the notion that he was linked to shadows, and that maybe he could use them to transport himself,” Hordos elaborates. “Maybe he could go into a shadow and come out of another one… but if there were no shadows, he could be trapped.”
Another war the filmmakers approached the development of Pitch’s character was to make him seem publicly endearing and willing to help others while allowing him to have a true, bitter side that reveals itself only when he is by himself. Pitch, then, is a divided villain who realizes that he needs the rest of the world, even as he sets out to destroy parts of it.