Matt Reeves 'The Batman'
'The Batman' Trailer: Embracing Vengeance, An Unhinged Bruce Wayne
By: Domonique Cox-Salberg
Adam West, George Clooney, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, and Robert Pattinson—is the latest actor to bring the brooding billionaire to the big screen. The Twilight teen heartthrob turned indie-darling, Pattinson is entering a new stage in his career to become the Caped Crusader. From the released photos so far, Matt Reeves is set to approach the reboot with sophistication and a cathartic tone. So from what we know so far, some fantastic developments appear to be working in The Batman’s favor.
Let’s dive in.
With every new Batman, comes a new Batmobile design. This rendition gives us what looks to be a mid-engine machine with retro muscle car cues. Still black, they went with red lighting—a nod to the original Batmobile, the remodeled Lincoln Futura concept car from the 1960s show. Unlike the tank-like style used in some of the other films, the latest is made of what looks like old American iron salvaged from a scrapyard and reconstructed into a crime-fighting vehicle for non-only than Bruce Wayne. Depicting an earlier version of the character, this Batmobile is absent of fancy jet turbines or rockets with an exposed V-configuration engine resting in the back. Shots reveal a bike as well, with a more realistic look seeming as a modified production model over something purpose-built.
Year Two Batman
As most fans were curious to see which interpretation of the 81-year-old character we were going to get, Reeves confirmed that we would be graced with the “year two Batman.” Considering what we have been presented, Ben Affleck’s disaffected, jaded Batman of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns that not even Bale’s (still good) style could channel as accurately; or, Keaton’s eccentric, brutally efficient fighter that became a standard version of the character. Pattinson appears, unlike all the most notable performances. Although, it does gloriously don the hyper-realistic style, notable within the billion-dollar DC films, The Dark Knight and Joker. Proving how appealing it is to see what we love on the page could exist in real life. As for George Clooney’s ego-driven rendering of Bruce Wayne, it proved what not to do with the character, while Val Kilmer was decent.
Thus, Pattinson’s year two version lingers in-between all the others where we find him in his early days, as the angry and unseasoned vigilante, which is promising and intriguing. Starting the story here, could be a great opportunity for the creators to convey his early years from an illuminating perspective and give fans something new to ponder about the Caped Crusader. Maybe even reveal traits about Batman we never considered. Under Reeves’ direction (which resembles David Fincher’s artistic flare), I believe we will get the most ruminating, unhinged Batman, and I’m all for it. He has the dramatic goth makeup, indignant face, and is said to be more off his rocker than the classic Bruce—what’s not to like? Maybe I just enjoy seeing a brave tortured soul that embraces, vengeance.
After Batman himself, Gotham’s next best feature is its villains. Following a similar route as Wayne, Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), Penguin, and The Riddler (Paul Dano) are also in their ‘self-discovery’ phase. Selina’s spotted donning an all-black look and a rookie mask, not yet ‘cat-like.’ Riddler’s presence is known through his famous riddles, while Colin Farrell is unrecognizable as a sinister penguin. All in all, this looks to be an intriguing interpretation of The Batman. I’m in!
(Image credit: Warner Bros.)
My Note To The Reader:
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