“In his second year of fighting crime, Batman uncovers corruption in Gotham City that connects to his own family while facing a serial killer known as the Riddler.”
Director: Matt Reeves
Writers: Matt Reeves, Peter Craig, Bob Cane
Staring: Robert Pattinson, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, Zoë Kravitz
Release Date: March 4, 2022
Open disclosure, I am very excited for The Batman (2022). The hype around this movie is real and expectations continue to grow following this trailer dropping at DC Fandome.
We start out dreary, depressed and wet in Gotham City. The police enter a coffee shop and place a man under arrest, a man that is soon identified with a question mark to be the classic Batman villain, Enigma (Paul Dano).
“Fear is a tool.”
Batman (Robert Pattinson) is a man of intimidation. Throughout this trailer, the masked crusader mentions fear, vengeance and warning signs. He is pummeling hoodlums dressed in clown paint all while glaring his pointed noise right at the camera.
At the one minute mark we get an interrogation scene, as precedent made famous with Heath Ledger and Christian Bale as the Joker and Batman The Dark Knight (2009). This time around there is glass between Batman and his interrogation subject, but we still have Pattinson screaming in a threatening yet distressed way.
(Selina Kyle) Zoë Kravitz enters the picture around the 1:15 mark and her beauty is quickly followed with the ugly and unrecognizable face of Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot. Let’s not forget we get Andy Serkis as Alfred, as well.
The middle portion of this trailer is expository relationship building between Kyle and Bruce Wayne/Batman. There is sexual tension without a doubt, and Catwomen is prompting her bat friend with the idea that the two of them are not so different. It’s a classic Batman storyline.
At the 1:45 mark of the trailer we get a classic hallway/tunnel scene. Gunshots are the only light as Batman is battering the hoodlums with ease. Whenever I see a scene like this, I am reminded of Equilibrium (2002) and it’s lights out fight scene. Truly awesome spectacle.
The bat mobile in The Batman is unveiled around the two minute mark. I, for one, love the most realistic look. Sure it has a nitrous whatever boost, but the make of the car looks to be grounded more in the Bullitt (1968) Ford Mustang style.
“What’s black, and blue, and dead all over?”
We get a glimpse into the depths of the Riddler’s terror after the two minute mark of The Batman trailer. A taunt to Batman’s (or Bruce Wayne’s?) character followed by the Bat being muddied and grimy. He isn’t down and out though. The trailer ends with Batman roaring through a fiery car crash in hot pursuit of Oswald Cobblepot.
The final frame of Batman closing in on an upturned car with the POV angle from Cobblepot’s pinned position is violent in its nature. It is like Batman stalking prey. Approaching with slow, distinctive purpose.
One can also say that The Batman is going to flip the normal Batman story on its head. According to multiple reports, Enigma is going to be a Jigsaw type villain from the Saw franchise, and Batman is attempting to stop him not with force, but rather with detective skills. While the trailer has action, the movie is said to be more of a thriller vibe than an action vibe.
The Batman comes to theaters on March 4, 2022.
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