Between the launch of the new trailer of Matt Reeves’ The Batman 2021 and Robert Pattinson falling sick, fans are wondering what more is in store apart from the iteration being the youngest ever version of Batman on the big screen.
Director Matt Reeves’ Batman 2021, halted production this week as actor Robert Pattinson caught COVID-19. It has resumed production since, sans the actor. Saying that the recent Batman trailer released at DC FanDome has fans excited is an understatement. By the looks of it, Reeves’ interpretation of the Batman is set to up the ante from Christopher Nolan’s iconic Dark Knight trilogy. To attempt and draw out a contrast between the works of both filmmakers would be a longer and different piece. A consensus can be made in the fact that each is capable of creating a paradigm shift in Batman’s personality.
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Heights of Batman’s movie career before Reeves and Pattinson
It was after screening of the Zorro at a movie theatre that Thomas and Martha Wayne, along with their son Bruce, were shot in what looked like a simple mugging gone wrong.
Seeing the death of his parents first hand, Bruce takes an oath crying next to their dead bodies — that preventing such tragedies will be his life’s mission. And that origin story of Batman, we have seen in every iteration.
Batman first appeared in Detective Comics in The Case of the Chemical Syndicate, 1939.
It’s been 81 years since Batman came into existence and still remains one of the most complex characters. Several films, series, graphic novels have tried to interpret Batman in myriad ways. While some have succeeded, few have totally thrown us off-kilter.
Christopher Nolan is known for his realistic Dark Knight trilogy. The director also worked with Robert Pattinson in his latest Tenet. Speaking about the character of Batman, Nolan told Entertainment Tonight, “The character of Batman thrives on reinterpretation.” He further notes “Each generation creates its own version. That’s what keeps the legend so sort of fresh in a way.”
Christopher Nolan Reacts to Robert Pattinson as Batman
Reeve’s noir take on Batman and focus on Bruce Wayne’s humane side looks like a step in the right direction. The trailer has already set the tone for thrilling detective drama.
Apart from being a superhero, Batman also remains a humane character battling with an identity crisis and moral responsibility. The Caped Crusader remains one of the most compelling characters in the world of comic books and since the time the character was created, several incarnations have been witnessed on celluloid. So, why is it that this superhero fascinates even though he is devoid of any super powers?
Reeves, Nolan and the Batman’s Inner Conflict
Hollywood has had a strange fascination with Batman. Though a cinematic adaptation was made way back in 1943 it was not till 1989, when Tim Burton actually put the character on a pedestal. Batman films helmed by Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski and Joel Schumacher never tapped his inner conflict and at best remained superficial. It was only after Nolan helmed Batman, that the caped crusader truly assumed the status he deserved. A benign character with flaws but a vigilante nonetheless. Tapping into humane Batman proved to be an instant appeal. However, Nolan’s successor Zack Snyder’s interpretation of the character brought Batman back to square one. Now Matt Reeves is all set to give one more makeover to the much loved comic book character.
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Though not much is known about the plot of the upcoming Batman film. Matt Reeves’ Q&A session at DC FanDome tells us the film will take comic book Year Two timeline. In the comic, Gotham City was undergoing a churn and corruption was slowly seeping in the city.
Reeves maintained that the first Batman movie in his trilogy is not an origin story and it will only scratch the surface. With Reeves at the helm, it’s certain viewers are in for an unexpected ride with a new dimension to the character. The Batman Comic The Long Halloween is another influence on the plot and thus another facet of Batman, the film is likely to explore is his detective abilities.
In a previous interview, Reeves cited Jack Nicholson’s Chinatown and Alan J Pakula’s Klute have influenced his version of Batman. Their influence can already be seen in the trailer. With these amazing influences, Matt gathered while penning the script, gives us reasons to believe that the final cocktail is all set to be a potent one.
Similar to Nolan’s makeover in his interpretation of Batman, Reeves too has done something which looks extremely fresh and offbeat. For the first time, the role of Commissioner Gordon will be played by an Afro-American. The presence of Pattinson, John Turturro, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano and Colin Farrell certifies great performances. While, last but not the least, the film is expected to have noir shades.
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At the FanDome, Reeves stressed upon the fact that the basic plot of his film is all-in-all an experiment where Batman is still trying to figure out how can he change Gotham city. Needless to say, the film will show Batman as slightly ‘immature’, still untouched by politics and tricks of the trade and still trying to find his feet as a vigilante. The ‘legendary’ part is yet to come and he is yet to become a beacon of hope among people.
With the presence of Robert Pattinson, the anticipation level towards the film will be sky high as it stumbles through production. Judging by the setting and the cast that Reeves has opted for his film, coupled with the buzz the trailer has generated, it seems Reeves is up for the challenge.