The first trailer for Matt Reeves’ The Batman movie debuted at DC FanDome, showing a tormented young Batman and the villains that want him dead.
Well, this certainly isn’t like any other live-action Batman movie we’ve seen. The first trailer for The Batman was revealed at the DC FanDome virtual convention, giving us a much better look at Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, as well as an idea of who the primary villain is.
We already know that Selina Kyle (Zoe Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot (Colin Farrell), and Riddler (Paul Dano) will figure into the movie. However, based on this first trailer, it looks like Riddler will be getting the most screentime of the three. In the two-minute clip, it’s shown that Riddler is leaving a trail of bodies with notes and coded messages to Batman, indicating the villain is obsessed with him. The Riddler also seems to be painting Batman as a “liar” and seeking to expose him.
It’s refreshing to see the trailer center so heavily on Riddler and that this portrayal is being taken in a much different direction than the only other big-screen Riddler fans have seen (Jim Carrey’s in Batman Forever). This take on the character is dark, demented, and murderous. Dano is no stranger to this sort of role.
There’s plenty else to see in the trailer, including a gang of thugs wearing facepaint that seem somewhat reminiscent of a certain Clown Prince of Crime, as well as several other characters you’ll meet in the film. Of course, there’s lots of Bruce Wayne brooding going on too, because what’s a Batman movie without…
Chris E. Hayner
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