Judging by the brand new The Batman trailer, Robert Pattinson’s Darkish Knight isn’t human. Or, no less than, he doesn’t appear to imagine that he’s. As a substitute 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 totally: “I’m vengeance.”
The concept Batman is… nicely, one thing apart from a daily man, runs all through the brand new trailer for filmmaker Matt Reeves movie: we see Pattinson’s Batman get shot repeatedly, seemingly with out struggling any unfavorable impact for the expertise. We see him survive an explosion, seemingly by merely driving by it totally unscathed; the ultimate shot of the trailer, unveiled Saturday at DC FanDome, is Batman strolling slowly in direction of his sufferer, the digicam inverted — his prey is trapped in a automotive that’s flipped over — and, greater than another superhero film to this point, it appears to be like like one thing from a horror film, as if Batman is the most recent incarnation of Jason Voorhees or Freddie Krueger, one other unstoppable elemental drive on the prowl.
The temptation is there to recommend that, for this trailer no less than, the viewers is seeing Batman in the best way that criminals in Gotham Metropolis 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. (“Worry is a software,” in spite of everything.) It’s unattainable to look at 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, may be considerably extra sophisticated.
There’s extra happening that simply displaying the viewers the Batman that criminals know; the trailer reveals each trustworthy butler Alfred (Andy Serkis) and Selina Kyle (Zoe Kravitz) making an attempt to talk to Bruce Wayne, as an alternative of Batman — or, in Selina’s case, the person below the masks, though she doesn’t know his id. 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 ought to be famous that line is likely one of the few instances that we truly hear Pattinson within the trailer; along with being scary, this Batman can also 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 instances, and in every glimpse, he appears uncomfortable and awkward in contrast with how he appears to be like within the costume. There’s an unstated implication that Bruce Wayne is an inconvenience, or a way to an finish at greatest, 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-known framing of the character for comedian ebook followers, who’ve seen a Batman misplaced in his campaign on a number of events earlier than, and one which is sensible with what’s already recognized in regards to the film — that it takes place comparatively early in his profession, earlier than he’s labored out that work/life steadiness factor. It additionally suggests a possible character arc for the Pattinson period of the franchise, though maybe not, on condition that film audiences have already seen the “Bruce Wayne learns to be an individual, as an alternative of a revenge fantasy” development in Christopher Nolan’s Darkish Knight films.
For all that The Batman appears to be like 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 massive names just like the Riddler and Catwoman, really feel one thing approaching real looking and right down to Earth, no less than in contrast with different variations audiences are aware of. It virtually feels as if the central determine has gone within the different route; judging by this trailer, the Batman is that this existentially threatening determine that exists to stalk evil with out mercy, having already sacrificed every part for the mission.
Watching a Batman that obsessed coping with every part from gangs of thugs to serial killers who supply clues within the type of riddles that aren’t truly riddles won’t be everybody’s concept of enjoyable, and it won’t even be the best way that the completed film approaches issues. One factor is for positive, although: it definitely makes for a enjoyable trailer.
The Batman arrives in theaters on March 4, 2022.