Judging by the brand new The Batman trailer, Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight isn’t human. Or, not less than, he doesn’t appear to consider that he’s. Instead of taking the by-now-traditional alternative to inform a panicking bystander (and the viewers, in fact) “I’m Batman,” Pattinson’s new cinematic hero as an alternative declares himself to be one thing else fully: “I’m vengeance.”
The idea that Batman is… properly, one thing aside from a daily man, runs all through the brand new trailer for filmmaker Matt Reeves film: we see Pattinson’s Batman get shot repeatedly, seemingly without struggling any unfavourable impact for the expertise. We see him survive an explosion, seemingly by merely driving by it fully unscathed; the ultimate shot of the trailer, unveiled Saturday at DC FanDome, is Batman strolling slowly in the direction of his sufferer, the digicam inverted — his prey is trapped in a automobile that’s flipped over — and, greater than some other superhero movie so far, it seems like one thing from a horror movie, as if Batman is the latest incarnation of Jason Voorhees or Freddie Krueger, one other unstoppable elemental pressure on the prowl.
The temptation is there to counsel that, for this trailer not less than, the viewers is seeing Batman in the way in which that criminals in Gotham City do — the “superstitious, cowardly lot” that Batman’s costume was designed to strike terror into the hearts of, those who would see the Batsignal as “a warning,” because the opening narration factors out. (“Fear is a device,” in spite of everything.) It’s not possible to observe the trailer and not come away with the understanding that this explicit Batman is supposed to be scary above all else; it’s the core message being communicated all through the entire thing, proper right down to the scream as he barrels alongside within the understated, nitro-powered Batmobile. The reality, nevertheless, is likely to be considerably extra sophisticated.
There’s extra going on that simply exhibiting the viewers the Batman that criminals know; the trailer exhibits each devoted butler Alfred (Andy Serkis) and Selina Kyle (Zoe Kravitz) trying to talk to Bruce Wayne, as an alternative of Batman — or, in Selina’s case, the person beneath the masks, though she doesn’t know his identification. In each circumstances, Pattinson’s Batman is unmoved, even seemingly responding to Alfred, “I don’t care what occurs to me” in an appropriately surly method.
It needs to be famous that line is among the few occasions that we really hear Pattinson within the trailer; along with being scary, this Batman can be unusually silent within the trailer, even in contrast with earlier cinematic incarnations like Christian Bale and the grunt-centric Ben Affleck. We additionally solely glimpse Pattinson out of the masks a handful of occasions, and in every glimpse, he appears uncomfortable and awkward in contrast with how he seems within the costume. There’s an unstated implication that Bruce Wayne is an inconvenience, or a method to an finish at finest, with the Batman — the mission of vengeance — being who he actually is, and what he actually desires to be, even when confronted with Selina Kyle’s flirting.
It’s a well-recognized framing of the character for comedian e book followers, who’ve seen a Batman misplaced in his campaign on a number of events earlier than, and one which is smart with what’s already recognized about the movie — that it takes place comparatively early in his profession, earlier than he’s labored out that work/life steadiness factor. It additionally suggests a potential character arc for the Pattinson period of the franchise, though maybe not, provided that movie audiences have already seen the “Bruce Wayne learns to be an individual, as an alternative of a revenge fantasy” development in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films.
For all that The Batman seems to be grounded and much from the excesses of each the Zack Snyder and Nolan variations of the franchise in different respects — the criminals, even the large names just like the Riddler and Catwoman, really feel one thing approaching real looking and right down to Earth, not less than in contrast with different variations audiences are aware of. It nearly feels as if the central determine has gone within the different path; judging by this trailer, the Batman is that this existentially threatening determine that exists to stalk evil without mercy, having already sacrificed all the pieces for the mission.
Watching a Batman that obsessed coping with all the pieces from gangs of thugs to serial killers who supply clues within the type of riddles that aren’t really riddles may not be everybody’s idea of enjoyable, and it may not even be the way in which that the completed movie approaches issues. One factor is for certain, although: it actually makes for a enjoyable trailer.
The Batman arrives in theaters on March 4, 2022.