Robert Pattinson isn’t merely Batman, he’s vengeance incarnate. As reported, Matt Reeves has only shot 25% percent of The Batman; but the trailer gives the impression everything is in place for a commercial blockbuster. Reeves gave fans a glimpse of his vision of Gotham with the first Batman trailer at DC FanDome. He also flaunted his rogue gallery and established the Batman: Year Two theme.
Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson’s The Batman had the last slot at FanDome. Fans across the globe waited to finally reach the salvation of the Hall of Heroes. The trailer didn’t disappoint.
The Batman At DC FanDome
The screening of the official trailer of Matt Reeves’ The Batman was the highlight of the event. The trailer opens to the sound of The Riddler (Paul Dano) taping the face of his victim. Screeching and straining breaths can be heard, and ‘no more lies’ is written on the tape in blood. Scarcely sixteen seconds in, and you know the feature is darker than Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Jeffrey Wright walks in as Jim Gordon, leading to a full look at Pattinson as Batman, all of this supported by the haunting strains of Something in the Way by Nirvana.
Watch: The Batman Trailer
The atmosphere of the footage evokes thrillers like The Silence of The Lambs, and Zodiac, an homage to the tonality of David Fincher. Dano’s voiceover leaves both Batman and the audience with a riddle. A violent, sadistic Riddler is teased as the antagonist. The trailer showcases a succession of messages to Batman, crafted in the same sinister tone. A look at the Bat cave, Zoe Kravitz and Colin Farrell’s Catwoman and Penguin respectively pass across the screen.
The atmosphere of the footage evokes thrillers like The Silence of The Lambs, and Zodiac, an homage to the tonality of David Fincher.
Reeves has recreated the classic ‘who the hell are you’ trope. On being asked, Pattinson’s Dark Knight starts beating the first goon that charges at him, demonstrating his agility and brute strength, delivering twelve punches or more in a visceral, uncut shot.
The Rogue Gallery
Reeves also flaunts his villains. Zoe Kravitz appears as Catwoman, stealing something precious, and engaging in a brawl with Batman. In a blink and miss moment, Collin Ferrell, wearing sensational prosthetic makeup, appears as Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a the Penguin.
Reeves has confirmed the influence of the Batman: Year Two comic on the movie. The ‘murders’ reveal an influence of the Batman: The Long Halloween comic storyline. He further explains,
The whole idea is that this is all an experiment in the movie. The idea that we’re in Year 2, it’s the Gotham experiment, it’s a criminal logical experiment, trying to figure out what he can do to finally change this place. And in our story, as he’s in that mode, that’s where you meet him and you see that he’s charting what he’s doing and he doesn’t seem to have any effect on what he wants to happen.
A Better Look At Bruce Wayne
Reeves went on, “And that is when the murders start to happen, and then the murders begin to describe sort of the history of Gotham in a way that only reinforces what he knows about Gotham.” This history of Gotham will be elaborated in the HBO Max spin-off series possibly underlining the Wayne family’s ties with the city’s corruption.
He further connects the plot and stresses how it touches the origins of Batman without being an origin story. “…It opens up a whole new world of corruption that goes much farther. But as that story starts to come out, without being an origin tale for him, it ends up being something that touches on his origins. It looks like in the trailer that Riddler does have a prior connection with Batman.”
Reeves is, in a sense, crafting a very personal narrative for Pattinson’s caped crusader. “So you start to describe this epic history of corruption in Gotham that you start to understand ‘well, where did my family sit in that’ and in that sense… is a way to take a story, a point-of-view story, and a mystery. It’s got, of course, action, and all that kind of stuff, but at the end of it, it’s incredibly personal for him even though it’s in the story where he’s trying to understand and unravel this mystery.”
Reeves is, in a sense, crafting a very personal narrative for Pattinson’s caped crusader.
The trailer leaves us with a haunting image of Bruce Wayne, the guy ‘who needs to fix his issues’, Pattinson in an emo look! (Much like his pained Vampire.) This is undoubtedly unlike any Batman movie we have seen. With this latest iteration, Matt Reeves is rewriting the Batman mythos for us.