It’s almost hard to believe that we are getting a new kind of Batman, and one that disassociates itself from the larger connective universe that Zack Snyder tried to establish. Perhaps that’s what makes Matt Reeves’ upcoming take on the Dark Knight so fascinating. WB has released a brand new trailer for “The Batman,” which stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne. Though we’ve seen grounded and gritty takes on the character, Reeves’ approach looks wildly different yet still holding onto the grim aspects of that world by giving some cheesy villains like The Riddle (Paul Dano) some scary characteristics that take inspiration from some real-life scary people.
Though the film is titled “The Batman,” the film looks to explore a deeper and more grounded emotional exploration of Batman and Catwoman’s (Zoe Kravitz) complex dynamics. Of course, we will get to see some of that fun and playful (borderline flirtatious) game of cat and mouse between the two. But what seems to be different about this Batman is that we get to see one where he is growing into the role as Gotham’s defender. He still has a lot to learn about justice and where to draw that line.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “The Batman:”
Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (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 (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (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/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (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.
Jeffrey Wright (“No Time to Die,” “Westworld”); John Turturro (the “Transformers” films, “The Plot Against America”); Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Interrogation”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”); and Colin Farrell (“The Gentlemen,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) also star.
“The Batman” opens in theaters on March 4, 2022