After months of anticipation for Robert Pattinson's upcoming (potentially very fancy) film The Batman, filmmaker Matt Reeves shared a first glimpse of what Pattinson will look like in the upcoming role. The dark and mysterious teaser clip features Pattinson in his new Batsuit, featuring a new Batman symbol along with part of Pattinson's cowl. In short, the clip is equal parts dark, sad, and sexy, which is pretty on brand for Pattinson (and Batman).
Nine months ago, Variety broke the news that Pattinson had been cast in the upcoming role of the Caped Crusader. Reeves's new take on the series will culminate in a trilogy featuring Pattinson. The first film, which started filming in London last month, is due out on June 25, 2021. Until the first official trailer drops, this quick clip serves as pretty solid context for what is to come, and honestly, it explains Pattinson's casting, which some deemed controversial when it was initially announced.
Reeves confirmed that the film's cinematographer is Greig Fraser, who shot the clip, while the music played during the footage is from the film's composer, Michael Giacchino (of Lost and Pixar fame). Zoë Kravitz will star as Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcon, and Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson. Farrell described Reeves' script as "beautiful, dark, moving," and "really gorgeous," while Sarsgaard compared the film's tone to that of the alt-rock band the Pixies, saying that the film will be "raw" and "not sanitized." Pattinson, meanwhile, promises a Batman "just as crazy and perverse" as the characters he's become known for playing in indie films.
The noir-style of the clip aligns well with the dark and mysterious reputation that Pattinson has established for himself in Hollywood. Coming off a critically acclaimed performance in The Lighthouse, Pattinson's turn as Bruce Wayne should be particularly interesting considering how well Joker did at both the box office and during awards season.
Watching Pattinson bring the character to life will be fascinating, especially considering that Reeves's take on the superhero leans more in the direction of brains than brawn. "He’s a complicated character… His morality is a little bit off,” Pattinson told The New York Times of Bruce Wayne. “He's not the golden boy, unlike almost every other comic-book character. There is a simplicity to his worldview, but where it sits is strange, which allows you to have more scope with the character."
"He’s a complicated character. I don’t think I could ever play a real hero—there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong." Considering the tone of that clip, fans can expect a darker, broodier Batman than ever.
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