“Who are you under there?”
The first full trailer for The Batman has been released, and Batman die-hards are for the most part, shaking in anticipation.
The trailer gives us a gaze from the shadows into the newest era of Batman. The film undoubtedly has some pressure on its shoulder – not only because of the massive shoes to fill in terms of its predecessors like the Dark Knight trilogy but also because of the suit of success that stand-alone film The Joker saw in 2019.
The Batman, from the trailer’s perspective, is already enthralled by the title alone. Darker and doused in drapes of mystery, eclectic cinematic hues, explosions, Catwoman’s centre stage silhouette-stealth and the all-important question-marked-coffee easter-egg, are just some of the elements that have people already circling March 4th 2022 in scarlet red.
WATCH: The Batman Official Trailer
As for the cast, we see snippets of Robert Pattinson’s Batman (something a lot of people didn’t initially know how to feel about) alongside the mesmerising Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, the unrecognizable Collin Farrel as The Penguin, and of course Paul Dano’s The Riddler. Director Matt Reeves manages to successfully intertwine all the characters and gives the cast centre-stage, instead of our caped-crusader alone.
About the film
Darker and splurging more violence.
According to film writer Adam B. Vary as per Variety, the trailer “reveals a film that is unmistakably the darkest and most violent cinematic outing yet for Batman.” Vary expresses this even in comparison to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy.
Batman returns – to himself.
Pattinson’s Batman is still a young blood into his vigilante cape.
“For some reason, Batman has always stood out as one of the major characters of the 20th century, and so many people connect with it on such a deep level for so many different reasons,” Pattinson explained during CinemaCon in August, as per Digital Spy.
“From the first conversation I had with Matt about it, I just knew that there was something radically different [here]. It seems things go further and further into fantasy, and I thought, well, one place we haven’t been is grounding it in the way that Year One does, to come right into a young Batman, not being an origin tale, but referring to his origins and shaking him to his core.”
Catwoman is closer to the character in the comics.
Kravitz’s Catwoman is closely tied to her comics model. This is not just in terms of her allure of wigs and curiosity surrounding Batman’s identity behind the Crowl. She has more of a presence in the trailer too, highlighting the Catwoman who harnessed an early integration into the vigilante’s life – and her importance there.
“I don’t want her to be an idea, you know, I want her to be a real human being in a real situation in a real city trying to survive and reacting to her own pain,” Kravitz said about the character in the Fandome panel with Pattinson and Reeves.
The Riddler and The Penguin are the villains presented in the film. What’s interesting about Farrel’s penguin in comparison to say, DeVito’s Penguin is definitely the unrecognizable presentation for Farrel in disfigurement.
Filling the shoes of Michael Cane’s Alfred is no easy feat. Alfred is surely one of the most important characters in Batman’s life, and so Andy Serkis’ role will be closely watched without a doubt.
The coffee, or latte art is a character all in itself. People are already trying to dissect the meaning of it.
Trying to decode this “Easter egg” from the Batman trailer. The villain must be someone who asks a lot of questions … and the smartest people ask the most questions. The villain is: Egghead pic.twitter.com/0On0jgrsaA
— pixelatedboo-at aka “mr spooky tweets” (@pixelatedboat) October 16, 2021
“I think the latte art really stole the show,” Rohan Cooke,
That trailer for The Batman was absolutely phenomenal. I have goosebumps. I tell you. GOOSEBUMPS.
— Michael Patterson (@michaelp93) October 16, 2021
That Batman trailer man pic.twitter.com/0QKxQ8K9HL
— Cap☆ (@CaptainGalxy) October 16, 2021
The Batman 2022 will be the best Batman movie.
A thread of the best shots in the trailer: pic.twitter.com/epBZ8Mk7QT
— JokerMan |❓🎃❓❓ (@TheJoker5_Law) October 17, 2021
Just watched the latest trailer for Matt Reeves’ version of “The Batman!” I love the visual sense, the color tones! The bat symbol, the batman, the bat-car, the delicate lines and silhouettes that are not so bare bones so far are exciting! pic.twitter.com/4OrFPzFPUK
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) October 17, 2021
Whether The Batman will fill the franchises’ legendary shoes is up for debate, but with the current set up and cinematography, the film might just see the same successes as its’ Joker foil.