New Trailer for “The Batman” Answers Some Questions, but Others Remain – RedState

The first official reveal of Robert Pattinson under the cowl is released — has he convinced the fans?

After a highly successful franchise, Christopher Nolan has relinquished the Batman role. There have been many upheavals in the past years. After Nolan’s trilogy earned $1.1 billion domestically and doubled that total in global markets, Warner Brothers – DC Films have stumbled with the character.

Ben Affleck assumed the role of cape and it wasn’t an easy transition. He brought a deeply cynical approach to the role, and it did not help that his entry was in the risible film “Batman vs. Superman”. That was followed with a small role in a disappointing “Suicide Squad,” and then standing in as the centerpiece of the infamously problematic “Justice League,” where Zack Snyder took an even darker approach — which then became a confounding mess with his departure and Joss Whedon’s takeover of the film. The recent release of the epic-length ‘Snyder Cut’ of that film has repaired some damage, but did little to cement Affleck in the role.

Warners-DC had plans for a standalone Batman picture, and Affleck was given full control, with the jobs of writing/directing/starring in place. A planned “Justice League” sequel would be moved to accommodate Affleck’s film, but gradually, the project unraveled. In February 2017, he resigned from the writing of the script and his participation was now questionable. Warners had reached an agreement to direct Matt Reeves. Reeves was a trusted collaborator with J.J. Abrams.

Reeves created a completely new story, unrelated to the Justice League. It was not intended to be used as a springboard for other characters within the DCU. Affleck began to be phased out by summer’s end. A new story was written, one that focused more on Batman’s earlier years. Robert Pattison was cast as the lead role. Reactions to this news were mixed. Fans can now absorb his first reveal.

A teaser video that was just seconds long, released by the studio earlier this week generated excitement via social media.

It generated mostly favorable responses, while serving as a dessert for fans. Yesterday marked the DC FANDOME day, when the comic company and the studio revealed a number of properties from a range of media and universes. During this event, the full two-and-a-half-minute trailer was released. Numerous details were revealed, including Pattinson dressed in costume and an extended cast.

The film is looking good in delivering grit, in a noir-style fitting for what Reeves announced for his version of The World’s Greatest Detective. His intent was to essentially land us into Bruce Wayne’s second year, or so, as the urban crusader. That tagline regarding the iconic spotlight — “It’s not just a signal; it’s a warning” — sets the right tone of this being a tough vigilante.

We are also interested in the reveal of the cast. First, Pattinson appears to have the required gravitas when he wears his costume. His anger is evident and he does a good job. The true stunner, however, is Colin Ferrell’s inability to be identified as Oswald Copperpot (the precursor of The Penguin). While Zoe Kravitz was not able to deliver Catwwoman’s visions, the short glimpse of Andy Serkis playing Alfred was an absolute joy.

Paul Dano played the role of The Riddler, but he was completely concealed. Matt Reeves said that Matt’s version of the famous villain would take a new approach. Wayne/Batman will have to deal with him as a serial killer, which adds a darker layer to noir. There was an additional character that looked pretty interesting.

Some hints had already been made about the Batmobile’s appearance, but those first images suggested that there was some retro styling. The clip proves it.

Ben Affleck, who is poised to return to his Caped Crusader portrayal just to make things more confusing, will be appearing in “The Flash” again. He will be appearing in “The Flash,” set for release in November 2022. In the interim, take a look at Pattison’s impression as Dark Knight. Finally, the film will be released in theaters March 4.

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