Come Saturday, DC superheroes are going to take over the internet and news headlines. WB’s Comic-Con replacement DC FanDome is going to give fans a good look into DC’s upcoming projects. Director Matt Reeves, along with actor Robert Pattinson, will hold a DC FanDome panel for their much anticipated The Batman 2021.
In March when the pandemic stalled movie productions, there was still weeks worth of shooting left for The Batman. Yet the Batman is set for an October 2021 release. The details of the movie are scarce except the information that Pattinson and Reeves have shared previously. More details about the Batman 2021 makes DC FanDome’s The Batman panel super exciting for fans. Moreover, with trailer reveals gracing Reddit and 4Chan in the past week, official details now seem to confirm various theories.
Of Rumors and Confirmations
At the start of the week, a leak appeared on a DC subreddit from a Russian voice actor’s Instagram post, who is dubbing for Pattinson’s upcoming trailer. While hawk-eyed fans got a screen grab, it could not be verified before it was deleted.
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Another unverified leak later appeared courtesy 4Chan that described the footage of the rumored trailer. Apparently it is a 30 second clip featuring Jeffrey Wright’s detective Gordon (not Commissioner yet) and Pattinson’s Batman. The leak promises Pattinson’s training shots, a look at the cast and ‘pretty cool stunts.’
The leak has got some fans wondering while others are taking it with a pinch of salt. However, the schedule for the event and other details pouring in seem to prove there’s no smoke without fire. While the creators and the cast of the movie are pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing, the scheduled panel has a run time of 30 minutes and the closing spot for the 24-hour-long virtual event. Interestingly, while there is no trailer promised in The Batman’s schedule during the virtual panel, The Wrap’s report confirms it. It notes,
The Batman, a must-see as Reeves joins host Aisha Tyler to talk it up and treat fans to some new footage.
The official schedule does promise ‘a surprise (or two) for the fans.’ Nonetheless, Reeves has been generous about sharing details of his caped crusader. He’s been hinting at a humane version of the Batman, hopefully exploring the Bruce Wayne side of the character. That lines up with his detective abilities. But Reeves’ Batman tale also delves into this guy who has ‘issues’ and ‘how he over comes those.’ Previously, Reeves teased fans with Robert Pattinson’s Bat Suit look test and has also given a glimpse of the Batmobile.
The Batman Is Based On Mental Health
Actor Robert Pattinson, whose next movie Tenet with Dark Knight’s previous orchestrator Chris Nolan is hitting theatres globally this August 26, has interestingly said in the past that ‘Batman is no hero.’ The critics of Reeves’ choice initially noted that Pattinson neither gaining weight nor taking on a ‘bulk up’ routine like his predecessors can be a wrong move. Pattinson who has addressed BDD issues before, duly told Men’s Health,
“I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem”
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Pattinson has famously refused to succumb to the pressure of hulking for a believable portrayal of the Batman. For those who need a history lesson, apart from weapons training, Christian Bale gained 45 kilograms through the ‘binge-eating and weight lifting method.’ After a point, he gained so much weight that he couldn’t fit into his Bat Suit and had to slim down again. In the case of Ben Affleck’s battle-scarred Batman, the Argo actor tapped into ‘chaos training’ to continuously shock his body into getting bigger.
Reeves’ vision coupled with Pattinson’s stand on mental health points to a story that dives deep into the Batman’s psyche. This means that Reeves is set to convey what prompts Bruce Wayne to become Batman. A very interesting take indeed. Co-writer of the movie Matt Tomlin recently gave more insight into the project,
“I think that Matt Reeves as a filmmaker, if you look at any of his work, whether or not it’s Let Me In or Cloverfield or the Planet of the Apes movies, he’s always coming from a point of emotion, it’s never the big action thing,” said Tomlin. “It’s always, what is this character’s soul?”
Batman’s soul seems to be the point of the first part of the trilogy that Reeves and Pattinson have in store for us. A glimpse of it will be seen during the Batman panel at DC FanDome.