Warner Bros. debuted a new look at Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” at CinemaCon on Tuesday.
The featurette, followed by the DC Fandome trailer released last year, opened with what looks like chaos, with Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne walking through Gotham. From there, he rises, and we hear Reeves promise an “emotional Batman movie” that we’ve never seen before. He also said it’s going to be “radically different” from any other Batman movie we’ve seen before.
Pattison also talked about how so many people have connected to the Batman character, and about how the film is a passion project for Reeves. Reeves also said the film is “grounded the way Year One is,’ referring to “Batman: Year One,” the groundbreaking 1987 miniseries written by Frank Miller that, in case you forgot, also served as the primary basis for Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins.”
“For some reason, Batman has always stood as one of the major characters of the 20th century,” Pattinson said in the featurette, adding that “all fights seem very personal” to the character in the upcoming film.
The cast includes Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton, also known as the Riddler and John Turturro is playing Carmine Falcone. Andy Serkis will play Alfred Pennyworth and Colin Farrell will portray The Penguin. Jeffrey Wright is playing Commissioner Gordon, Peter Saarsgard is playing the role of Wasserman, while Jayme Lawson is set to star as well.
Reeves has described his film as a “defining” and “very personal” story about the Dark Knight, rather than an origin story in the vein of Frank Miller’s beloved “Year One” series. According to insiders with knowledge of the project, Reeves’ film will explore Bruce Wayne’s second year as the Dark Knight detective.
The film will hit theaters in 2022.