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[Variety] ‘The Batman:’ First Trailer Reveals Catwoman and the Riddler’s Deadly Game


“The Batman” writer-director Matt Reeves unveiled the first trailer for the film during the final panel for the DC FanDome event on Saturday.

The moody teaser, set to Nirvana’s “Something in the Way,” focuses most on the presence of the Riddler (Paul Dano), who is leaving a series of deadly teasers for the Batman and Commissioner Gordon (Jeffery Wright). It also reveals a few quick glimpses of Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, provides the first full look of Pattinson in the Batsuit and driving the Batmobile, and underlines this Batman’s brutal approach to fighting crime as he beats the crap out of a low-level hoodlum to make a point.

In the panel for the film, Reeves said “The Batman” won’t be an origin story per se, but it does start in “Year Two” of Batman’s emergence, in which Batman and several other iconic characters — Catwoman, the Riddler, and the Penguin (Colin Farrell) — are still in the early stages of their development. In exploring the corruption at the heart of the story, Batman also begins to uncover a larger story of corruption within the city, and how it may connect back to the vastly wealthy and powerful Wayne family.

Reeves has been regularly teasing glimpses of his film, starting in February with a video of Pattinson wearing the Batsuit with a snippet of Michael Giacchino’s score for the film. A few weeks later, video and photos from the set leaked later of the Batcycle and a more complete look at the Batsuit, and in early March, Reeves tweeted an official first look at the Batmobile.

The film had to suspend production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is set to start filming again in early September. Reeves said he had shot just 25% of the film so far, and the delay pushed the official release date from June to Oct. 2021.

The movie also stars John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Jayme Lawson and Andy Serkis.

Reeves is also working with Terence Winter (“The Sopranos”) on a spin-off “Gotham PD” TV series set a year before the events of “The Batman.” Reeves said in the panel that the show will focus on a corrupt cop during the first year of the emergence of Batman in Gotham City. HBO Max picked up the show with a series commitment.

“The Batman” panel capped off the first wave of DC FanDome events that unfolded in virtual panels throughout the day, most of them focusing on Warner Bros. upcoming slate of features based on DC Comics properties. A follow-up event largely focusing on TV will be held on Sept. 12.


[The Verge] First trailer for The Batman sees Robert Pattinson transform into the Dark Knight


Robert Pattinson’s upcoming Batman movie, The Batman, is one of the most anticipated DC movies. Today, director Matt Reeves debuted a first look at Pattinson’s take on the Dark Knight.

Maybe surprising to some, it’s a good sized teaser trailer. Production on the film shut down by the pandemic, but the footage Reeves brought to DC’s FanDome virtual convention is a pretty good glance at what fans of the caped crusader should expect. Like always in Gotham City, crime is running rampant, and some nefarious force is trying to get to Batman. The story takes place about two years into Bruce Wayne’s career as Batman, a period when he’s still just a masked vigilante. Reeves stressed that Batman isn’t Batman yet, and there are people “who are afraid of him, quite frankly.”

The trailer also introduces a few key characters, including Jeffrey Wright’s James Gordon and Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman. Andy Serkis’ Alfred can also be heard. Reeves stressed that many of these characters are still coming into themselves; Selina Kyle is not Catwoman yet, for example. Both The Riddler and The Penguin are also early into their own criminal careers.

Arguably the most shocking part of the trailer isn’t Pattinson and Reeves’ take on Batman but on Bruce Wayne. This doesn’t look like the well-kept, put together playboy version of Bruce Wayne that fans of Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, and even Ben Affleck’s portrayals may expect. Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne is a little more unkempt, a little more goth; consider me intrigued.

“Without being an origin story for him, it’s something that touches upon his origins,” Reeves said.

Reeves has shared a few details over the last few months, including a previous first look at Pattinson’s Batman costume and images of the new Batmobile. The film was originally supposed to be released on June 21st, 2021, but because of the pandemic affecting production and other film’s releases this year, The Batman was pushed to October 1st, 2021. The delay sucks for any Batman fan, but based on the imagery we’ve seen so far, being released during the month of Halloween seems pretty perfect.


[Rolling Stone] ‘The Batman’ Trailer: See Gritty First Look at Robert Pattinson’s Masked Vigilante


DC FanDome has shared the much-anticipated and gritty first look at Robert Pattinson in The Batman, where the young Dark Knight is on the search for “vengeance.”

The trailer, soundtracked by Nirvana’s “Something in the Way,” returns the Dark Knight to the role of “vigilante detective” — as opposed to superhero — as the Riddler menaces Gotham City with mysterious murders and Zoë Kravitz’s Catwoman is cat-burglarizing.

The teaser also provides the first full look at Pattinson in the Batman suit, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon as well as a nearly unrecognizable Colin Farrell as the Penguin.

Unlike Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, The Batman will not serve as another origin story for the DC icon; instead, The Batman picks up at “Year Two” of Bruce Wayne’s turn as a masked vigilante, Variety reports.

Reeves said during the DC FanDome panel that, due to coronavirus, only 25-percent of The Batman had been filmed so far. As a result, the film’s original summer 2021 release date was pushed back a few months to October 1st, 2021.

In addition to The Batman, Reeves and Sopranos vet Terence Winter are working on a Gotham PD TV prequel spinoff series for the film, with HBO Max already on board.

While The Batman will spawn its own sequels, the film will remain unconnected from the rest of the DC Cinematic Universe — where Ben Affleck is winding down his turn as Batman — as well as not enter into the Gotham City seen in Joker.



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DC seems to be stepping up their game lately. i'll be looking forward to this

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A detail but ... FINALLY a Batman who still has his make up on after taking off his mask instead of having it magically disappear... Or not having it at all.

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I'm still surprised Pattinson decided to go for Batman considering he's been doing indie films for a while and he seems to enjoy playing weird characters where he can just go crazy. That must mean the script for this movie is something crazy lol. I'm excited! Also, he looks like a CGI character in that still where he has the black around his eyes omg.


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Very Riddler-centric, which is interesting.  I still wonder if they're doing The Long Halloween, but maybe adapting the Holiday Killer into the Riddler?

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