On Saturday Warner Brothers revealed the first teaser trailer for The Batman as part of its all-day DC FanDome event as Matt Reeves looks to be delivering a dark and brooding Batman movie.
When The Batman hits theaters in October of 2021 director Matt Reeves will introduce audiences to Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman putting yet another new spin on the Caped Crusader. From the very start of the teaser trailer we immediately get a sense of the grim tone that Reeves is going for as we hear Nirvana’s somber “Something in the Way” as it introduces us to The Riddler. We are also introduced to Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon, a glimpse of Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Collin Farrell’s Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin and as the movie moves along, we will see a bit of their origin stories according to Reeves.
“It’s actually in a weird way the origins of a lot of our Rogues Gallery characters. Selina isn’t Catwoman yet, that’s actually part of the journey. Oz is not yet the kingpin that he’s going to become, he’s The Penguin and in fact doesn’t like being called The Penguin. And The Riddler is just emerging for the first time.”
Matt Reeves, during the DC FanDome panel, emphasized that The Batman will be a mystery thriller that follows Pattinson’s Batman trying to solve a series of crimes and while doing so encounters the various villains. Reeves explained that these characters all come together through a single mystery that snowballs as the film moves forward, saying.
“How all these characters connect was for me one of the challenges but also one of the exciting things about the creation of the story, which is that in going on this urge and compulsion to solve this series of crimes, you touch on all of these iterations of the beginnings of these characters. The whole movie is like a snowball rolling. You can just feel the momentum building and building.”
The Batman hits theaters on October 1, 2021.
After watching the teaser trailer, I was extremely impressed and excited with what I saw and cannot wait to see The Batman in theaters. Robert Pattinson will make the third actor to take on the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman since 2005. Christian Bale’s Batman is obviously the gold standard by many while Ben Affleck’s Batman could have been something special but was never given a chance to shine with his own standalone movie.
To be honest I was surprised by the length of the trailer considering they had only shot for about five weeks before having to shut down due to COVID-19. If Matt Reeves can make a Batman fan like myself excited for a movie that may not even be half filmed and won’t be released for another thirteen months then I can’t wait to see what his full vision for the movie will look like.