Capping off a protracted day of sneak peeks, panels, and teaser trailers at DC FanDome this previous weekend, Warner Bros. dropped the primary teaser for The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson (of High Life and the Twilight franchise) within the title position. It’s directed by Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes), and—shock, shock—it is one other darkish, gritty tackle the traditional superhero—this time with extra of a movie noir/detective story vibe.
There is a protracted and tangled backstory to this newest incarnation of the traditional comedian e-book superhero. We all know that Ben Affleck was forged as Batman for a three-film trilogy within the DCEU: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), and Justice League (2017), which had its personal well-publicized manufacturing woes. Warner Bros. introduced plans for a standalone Batman movie within the fall of 2014, with Affleck set to reprise the position, in addition to directing and co-writing the screenplay.
The authentic plan was to set the movie throughout the DCEU, after the occasions of Justice League. But as Warner Bros. was rethinking the shared-universe mannequin for its superhero movies in favor of standalone movies and franchises, Affleck introduced he was stepping down as director, and the studio changed him with Reeves. Affleck would finally withdraw from the undertaking altogether, following his divorce from Jennifer Garner and a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse.
A distinct imaginative and prescient
Reeves introduced a really completely different imaginative and prescient to The Batman, saying that he wished it to be “an nearly noir-driven, detective model of Batman,” targeted on the sooner years with out being a bona fide origin story. The traditional unhealthy guys—The Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman—are additionally within the early levels of their improvement into full-fledged villains. Reeves has cited Alfred Hitchcock movies as a significant affect on the general feel and look of his movie, as well as Chinatown, The French Connection, and Taxi Driver. His casting of Pattinson as Batman met with preliminary sturdy backlash from followers, which is actually fairly typical of fandoms today. (Pattinson principally took it in stride.)
In addition to Pattinson, the all-star forged contains Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as Commissioner Jim Gordon; Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin; Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) as Bruce Wayne’s butler and mentor, Alfred Pennyworth; John Turturro (Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski) as crime boss Carmine Falcone; Paul Dano (Okja, 12 Years a Slave) as Edward Nashton/The Riddler; and Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. (Kravitz voiced the character in The Lego Batman Movie, so the selection is apt.)
In March, in fact, manufacturing on the movie was suspended indefinitely as a consequence of COVID-19—dialect coach Andrew Jack died from the disease shortly thereafter—after 1 / 4 or so of the movie had been shot. (Production is predicted to renew subsequent month in Hertfordshire, England.) Apparently, there was sufficient cool footage to place collectively this new teaser, a minimum of, to tide followers over till subsequent yr. It does set an appropriately moody, atmospheric tone, and I’m cautiously optimistic about what Reeves will deliver to the franchise, despite the fact that I used to be skeptical that one other Batman film was actually crucial. I initially felt the identical method about Joker, which turned out to be the most effective movies of 2019.
The Batman is presently scheduled for an October 1, 2021, launch.
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