DC FanDome 2021 has premiered a brand new trailer for Matt Reeves’ The Batman starring Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, and Paul Dano; which practically set the internet on fire thanks to the juicy content it provided across 2 minutes and 38 seconds.
Pattinson’s natural successor to both Christian Bale’s and Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight promises to be even more raw, unforgiving, and animalistic than anything we’ve seen in recent history – from the Nolan trilogy, all the way back to Tim Burton’s adaptation fronted by Michael Keaton (who, incidentally, made an appearance in another DC FanDome trailer for The Flash).
The Batman global audiences are about to experience in this new trailer and beyond walks down assailants who empty entire clips of assault rifle ammo directly into his body armour, simultaneously hospitalises goons without remorse + preserves his iconic no killing rule, most telling of all is the current interpretation of what the Bat-signal represents: “It’s not just a call… it’s a warning.”
While public opinion on the upcoming iteration of The Batman has been divided, perhaps the praise of our latest Alfred Pennyworth actor, Andy Serkis, might convince you otherwise, who recently went on record to call it a masterpiece. Serkis has previously collaborated with Reeves in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes as lead primate, Caesar (leader to a tribe of cerebrally enhanced apes). The Batman marks the legendary motion-capture talent’s third acting credit from a film with Reeves at the helm.
“I’ll tell you that it was fantastic being reunited with Matt Reeves, [producer] Dylan Clark, and [VFX supervisor] Dan Lemmon from the Planet of the Apes films,” Andy Serkis tells The Hollywood Reporter, having spoken predominantly about directing his own superhero movie, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, starring Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson.
“We had such a great time making it, and when it eventually comes to the screen, Matt Reeves will have made another masterpiece film because he’s so super-invested in it. But yeah… I’ve been forbidden – expressly forbidden – to talk about Alfred.”
Andy Serkis isn’t the sole party who believes The Batman is a masterpiece. A few months prior, a three-hour cut was test screened to audiences. Similar to both Top Gun: Maverick and No Time To Die, the early reactions were extremely promising. Although specific details haven’t been revealed for obvious NDA-related reasons, here’s what we know so far thanks to a Twitter thread from @blurayangel and the lucky few who offered some tasty morsels via Reddit:
“The Batman movie is a horror movie. Very graphic, very dark, very scary. Paul Dano is fucking crazy, so fucking scary. I loved every second.”
“I have a million things to say about Catwoman, she’s my favourite, holy shit… definitely my favourite Catwoman.”
“[Robert Pattinson’s] Batman voice was perfect in my opinion.”
“Holy fucking shit, [the Batmobile]. That fucking slayed.”
“There’s a scene at the end that literally had everyone SCREAMING, everyone gasped… like it was a big no way for everyone… I don’t give a fuck about Batman or DC and even I clenched onto a knee and was shook. It’s the biggest mic drop.”
“YES! Definitely a sequel. That’s the “Oh shit” moment. I genuinely felt like they’re gonna start a whole collection of Robert Pattinson Batman movies and circle through different villains maybe?”
“Rob is a very different Batman than we are used to. Like they took the character in a completely different direction. He’s perfect.”
Rumour has it, yet another test screening has since occurred. The major takeaways this time around? We’re in for a three-hour detective movie where Pattinson’s Dark Knight has little interest in being Bruce Wayne and remains in costume for most of the film. Drool.
True to his word, it would appear Matt Reeves has actually delivered something haunting, slow-burn, gritty, and best of all, memorable. Robert Pattinson and Andy Serkis will be joined by Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Paul Dano as The Riddler, and John Turturro as Carmine Falcone.
The film has been written, directed, and produced by Reeves, with cinematography accomplished by Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty, Rogue One, Vice), and music by Michael Giacchino (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Rogue One, Jurassic World Trilogy).
The Batman is currently scheduled to release on March 3rd of 2022 – watch the brand new trailer above.