Bruce Wayne has never been accused of being a rational and well-coordinated person. You need a special person to wear a bat costume and hit a criminal every night. But if there’s one point from The Batman’s new trailer on DC FanDome, Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight could be the most confusing thing to date.
Let’s look at five reasons why the new Batman is so scary and one reason why Gotham City’s brutal parents may still have hope.
Fight like hell rock
The new trailer details a well-known battle sequence between Batman and a group of clown make-up hoods. You need to wonder if, as before, this gang has something to do with the Joker, or if they are the prelude to Gotham’s worst Supervillain rise.
In any case, Batman really goes to town with these poor sap. We even see him burst the bat taser to deal with one of his enemies. Pattinson’s facial expression here suggests that Bruce is having a hard time containing what might be murderous anger. Pattinson acknowledged this anger in an interview with Fundome leading up to the trailer’s debut, suggesting that Batman’s role is consuming Bruce’s life rapidly.
“He wants to impose his kind of justice,” Pattinson said. “He has to do that. He has no other choice.”
Later, I’ll see a car chase involving Colin Farrell’s penguins. Oswald Cobblepot believes that Batmobile destroyed Batman simply by rising from the flames and hitting his prey. Obviously, Batman is at the stage of his career and is keen to eliminate crime, even if he has to barbarically beat and submit all the criminals in the city.
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There are several shots of Batman shrugging his shots on the trailer. This includes shots where The Dark Knight casually absorbs the volley of machine gun shooting. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a bulletproof batsuit on the big screen, but even Ben Affleck’s Batman didn’t particularly enjoy being shot.
This young Bruce Wayne can just be cheeky. He wants to fight aggressively rather than take advantage of stealth and darkness. Like Michael Keaton’s Batman, he may also be trying to create the illusion that he’s not human and bullets can’t hurt him. Let’s hope no one is aiming at his face.
To make matters worse, Bruce himself says, “It doesn’t matter what happens to me.” He apparently loosens some screws, and he has a real death wish because he is so much consumed by his vigilant Crusaders and thirst for revenge.
Like Bruce, he looks like someone wobbling at the edge of his sanity, and maybe he doesn’t take a shower as often as he should.
Another shot shows some of the physical wounds Bruce has accumulated over his two years of work. This doesn’t seem to be anyone planning a future beyond Batman.
Even Alfred seems to be really worried about the path Master Bruce is walking. And if Alfred’s own forehead wound is a sign, Andy Serkis’ Alfred may be playing a more active role in Batman’s Crusaders than in previous films. Or it may be a past souvenir of his army.
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The trailer begins with the SWAT team arresting Paul Dano’s Riddler. Riddler seems happy to turn himself into a police detention. If you’ve learned anything from a modern blockbuster movie, it’s all about being caught as part of the villain’s master plan.
When he tells Batman, “I’ve been trying to contact you,” he even confirms. At this point, Riddler is wearing a uniform with the word “hospital” on it, so he may be at Arkham Asylum or another psychiatric laboratory. He was clearly caught and wanted to convey a message to Batman. Whatever the message, ol’Batsy is obviously not happy.
For clarity, I can’t be 100% sure that Batman is talking to Riddler because I can’t see the character’s face here. The trailer clearly wants to give us that impression, but why hide Edward Nashton’s face? Is this really another well-known villain who helped Batman arrest already in the past? As far as we know, this can even be a joker.
Both trailers portray Riddler as the mastermind of crimes like the Zodiac Killer. Riddler is in the midst of a murder, and his body numbers include city officials like police officers and even former Gotham mayor Don Mitchell Jr. He is livestreaming some of his crimes to the fascinated masses.
This corpse trajectory seems to be intended to lead Batman to the center of a deeper conspiracy associated with Gotham’s past. You can see Bruce trying to untie the knot here. The names of this chart include the late Mayor Mitchell, District Attorney Gil Corson (played by Peter Sarsgaard), and Commissioner Pete Savage (played by Alex Ferns).
This chart (which we assume was left by Riddler to be found by Batman) also includes the phrase “father’s sin”, a possible reference to the Wayne family and their involvement in this plot. It is. Did it contribute to their tragic murder?
Another phrase is, “Update is a lie.” This may indicate that Jamie Lawson’s character, Bella Real, is running for mayor on a platform to revitalize the dying city. That’s not the case if Riddler has nothing to say about it. Perhaps Gotham’s planned urban redevelopment will exactly obscure what Riddler is trying to reveal.
Many bat fans speculate that this Gotham plot revolves around the court of Owls, an ancient cult that has existed in the city for centuries. There is no direct evidence of the role of the court here, but it is not surprising to see the role of the court play an important role in this new Batman trilogy as a whole.
Bats, cats, penguins
The new trailer reveals that in this movie many Batmans will see Catwoman romance. The first few shots of Zoe Kravitz’s Serena Kyle show a simmering sexual tension between the two, demonstrating that she can hold herself against Gotham’s scum and villainy. ..
Later, when Batman is attacked by a mysterious perpetrator, he may even see Catwoman escape one of her trademark rooftop dives.
But there is one shot that hits a very different tone. Here, Serena seems really afraid to see Batman hit someone’s brain. She seems to be fascinated and repelled by her new friend.
But if the shot of Catwoman loading a gun is any sign, she may have her own dark mission. In comics, Serena is often portrayed as the illegitimate daughter of the criminal boss Carmine Falcone, played by John Turturro in the film. Can she eat beef with a mob?
Serena is not the only gotamite that looks a bit strange by Batman. Here are some new shots of penguins. Some of them appear to be located in his base, the Iceberg Lounge. This criminal boss is on the rise, but is he crazy enough to deal with The Dark Knight?
You’ll see this world version of Bat-Signal early in the trailer. It’s as dirty and industrial as a Batman costume. Batman and Jeffrey Wright’s James Gordon certainly seem to be working together at this point, but the alliance seems vulnerable at best.
Later, perhaps after Riddler turned the city towards him, Batman appears to be fighting Gordon’s men.
Batman’s solitude while the traffic light is on should probably be seen as a sign of concern. He describes it as a warning to criminals in the city. He seems to be more concerned about punishing the wicked than protecting the innocent.
The blues arc of the movie may be focused on the need to abandon his ego and become the hero that Gossam really needs, if not the entire trilogy. He needs to be a force for justice, not revenge.
And we may see the seeds of that evolution in the trailer. This scene shows Batman carrying flares and guiding a group of people through some sort of underground area. Is this a death trap devised by Riddler? Whatever it is, this may be the point at which Bruce realizes that he could be more than just a night horror. He can inspire hope and perhaps relieve the anger of mental illness while he is in it.
What do you think of this confused new Dark Knight? Please tell us your thoughts on the trailer in the comments below. And to make DC FanDome even better, brush up on Black Adam’s rocky history with JSA and brush up on the tragic history of the unfair universe. Or find out why Robert Pattinson’s Batman needs a riddler.
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