Just when DC seemed to be embracing the bright and goofy direction Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam seemed to be taking the DC’s movies, Joker blew up the box office and got nominated for Oscars. Then Snyder got his status back when HBO Max funded his vision, and suddenly there was a question: was DC course-correcting away from their colorful course-correction, and suddenly steering into the skid? (You can check out the ‘Snyder cut’ trailer here.)
The first footage of Matt Reeves’ The Batman seems to settle the issue. The trailer, which premiered tonight at DC FanDome, showcases Robert Pattinson in what may be the darkest, most disturbing big-screen version of the Bat yet.
Shortly after the studio confirmed that this Batman doesn’t take place in the same universe as Justice League’s Batman or other DCEU movies, the trailer debuted. If this is in any other movie’s universe, it’s Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. Or else maybe it’s Seven’s John Doe. (Or maybe The Crow’s.)
Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne has dark hair and the Grim Reaper’s complexion, and his Batman pulls zero punches when pummeling bad guys. This version of the vigilante superhero seems just as likely to be one of the creepy villains, several of whom are teased, particularly Paul Dano’s Riddler – in very serial-killer fashion. (There is also a brief glimpse of Geoffrey Wright’s Gordon.)
According to Reeves, the movie will see a broken Batman exploring “his shadow-side” as he experiments with being a hero. We’ll also see Oswald Cobblepot (Colin Farrel) and Selina Kyle (Kravtiz) before they adopt their supervillain personas as The Penguin and Catwoman, and “a version of The Riddler that no-one’s ever seen before.”
Also, there’s Nirvana. (Like I said: The Crow.)
I can honestly say I was not expecting this tone at all.
What do you think?