UPDATE [31/01/22]: Warner Bros has just uploaded an HD version of The Batman funeral scene – check it out above now.
Throughout its entire lifespan – from the early announcements to this very moment – our stance on Matt Reeves’ The Batman hasn’t changed. Forget all your 2010 notions about Robert Pattinson. Leave Christopher Nolan in the rear-view mirror. This has all the makings of history’s greatest Dark Knight adaptation. A psychological thriller textured with gritty realism, inspired by neo-noir detective films, and brought to life by Hollywood’s most exciting names. Anyone who still isn’t convinced about The Batman needn’t look any further than the following three-minute funeral scene, which was only recently published in full.
Previously teased in The Batman trailers, the footage was discovered by one Mario Z, who was fortunate enough to be served the Warner Bros ad spot while lurking on YouTube.
“Yesterday, I was watching YouTube like normal until I got this random ad which at first I thought was just a normal TV spot… until I noticed it wasn’t a TV spot but a whole clip,” notes Mario Z.
“After that, I got another ad that I obviously skipped. I’m very lucky to get this ad but now that people [have] noticed this, I’m pretty hyped for this film. And yes, this is the oldest version, confirming that I was the first person to encounter this ad/clip.”
The scene depicts Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne/Batman attending a police funeral when the event takes a turn for the worse. In a matter of just seconds, a rigged car comes barrelling through the church, revealing the driver to be Peter Sarsgard’s Gotham District Attorney, Gil Colson. As it so happens, Colson had been captured by Paul Dano’s Edward Nashton/The Riddler, who bound his mouth, strapped a bomb around his neck, and compelled our poor DA to deliver a message. All we’ll say is: get ready for some Sicario-level intensity.
The official synopsis for Matt Reeves’ The Batman is as follows:
Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (portrayed by Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (portrayed by Andy Serkis), Lieutenant James Gordon (portrayed by Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens. When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/Catwoman (portrayed by Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (portrayed by Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (portrayed by John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/The Riddler (portrayed by Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.
The upcoming cinematic affair has been written, directed, and produced by Matt Reeves, with cinematography accomplished by Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty, Rogue One, Dune), and music by Michael Giacchino (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Rogue One, Jurassic World Trilogy).
The Batman is scheduled to release on March 3rd of 2022 – check out the tense funeral scene above.