Matt Reeves gave a very enthusiastic introduction to his film The Batman at DC FanDome. They have only filmed a quarter of the movie, but it’s enough for a trailer. Yesterday we got a poster and logo for the film. Today we get a trailer.
The film star Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Colin Farrell as Penguin and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth.
Here’s what we learned from the Reeves about the film. The story takes place in what is essentially year two for the Batman. The public is afraid of him because they don’t exactly trust him yet. So it is not another origin story for the Batman, but in lots of ways, it will be an origin story for many of the characters. In particular, Catwoman, Riddler and Oswald Cobblepot, who by the way does NOT like to be called Penguin. Reeves said Paul Dano will play a version of the Riddler that no one has seen before. As for Catwoman, Selena Kyle, you will actually see her in the trailer.
The trailer starts off with a murder. The murderer leaves a note behind that says “No More Lies.” They also leave a greeting card behind for Batman from his secret “Friend.” He wants to play a game, but Batman has no clue who it could be. More people show up with cards duct taped to them. Alfred takes notice of the Batman’s notoriety and asks if he knows who playing games with him. Of course he doesn’t. But I’m pretty sure it’s Riddler.
Batman sees some action, appearing to catch Catwoman in the middle of a burglary. And a gang of young men in face paint test the Bat’s resolve. One of the kids pushes him too far and gets beatdown for it. When another kid asks who he is, Batman replies, “I am vengeance.” I literally have chills!
The trailer is so compelling. The great thing about it is that the trailer is made up from only 25% of the film’s footage. I can’t imagine how much more exciting this can get. Pattinson pulls off the role. There’s something about brooding that works well for him in any movie. It would have been nice to see Riddler and Penguin, but you know… Corona. Check out the trailer below and the DC FanDome poster released on Friday.
You can watch a replay of the panel on the DC FanDome website later tonight at 1:30 a.m. and tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time
The Batman will resume production in the UK in September and will premiere in 2021.