With less of a teaser vibe, this is a full blown trailer for the new iteration of The Batman franchise.
Clocking in at almost two and a half minutes, the teaser trailer for The Batman starring Robert Pattinson is extremely dark, gritty, and violent. Amplifying those themes, the trailer is backed by a haunting version of Nirvana’s “Something in the Way.”
Joining Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne/Batman is Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin.
Director Matt Reeves says Dano’s Riddler and Kravitz’s Catwoman “will be very different than any versions we’ve seen before.” The story is said to take place after the first couple years of Wayne developing his vigilante persona. He’s still finding himself, and the classic villains mentioned haven’t fully come into their own yet either.
During the DC Fandome event over the weekend, Reeves spoke about making the film.
“It’s about the early days of him being Batman and he’s very far from being perfect,” he said. “One of the things that are interesting is learning how to be Batman. It’s a criminological experiment. He’s trying to figure out what he can do to change this place. He’s seeing he’s not having any of the effect he wants to have. That’s when the murders start to happen … and it opens up a whole new world of corruption. Without being an origin tale, it ends up touching on his origins. It’s a detective story, a mystery, it’s got, of course, action, and it’s incredibly personal for him. He’s kind of a growing legend and criminals are afraid of him. He’s not a symbol of hope yet. One of the things he has to deal with is how he’s perceived … What was exciting for me was not doing the origin story but to meet him in the middle and to see him make mistakes and grow and fail and be heroic in a way that felt very human and very flawed.”
Fun fact about the teaser, Reeves doesn’t even have the full movie to draw footage from. Production on the film started in London in January but then had to shut down in early March due to the pandemic. Reeves says the teaser is only from about 25 percent of the planned footage. So really this is just all about drumming up as much anticipation as possible over the next year.
The Batman is scheduled to be released on October 1, 2021.