Yesterday, the first leg of DC FanDome (kinda like Comic-Con but only for DC comics) was presented virtually, and despite people not being able to dress up and nerd out in person, the event made plenty of DC nerds stir in the nether regions. This part of the event (part 2 follows on September 12) featured online panels, fan art, cosplay, and special events for kids. But the real attraction was a bunch of long-awaited DC-themed premiers and sneak peeks, including Robert Pattinson as Batman in Matt Reeves‘ The Batman (they certainly didn’t spend all of that delayed quarantine time working on that title).
The teaser trailer for Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” ––which we talked about a while ago, after production was shut down––was officially released yesterday, and so too was another look at a smoky-eyed Robert butched up in black lycra tights.
According to the Verge, people are already commenting on the parallels between The Dark Knight––it’s a moody looking actor playing an unfeeling and emotion-less superhero in a world where light bulbs are almost extinct (seriously, shit is dark). They are also quick to point out that the movie isn’t even done shooting and there’s already a 2+ minute-long teaser trailer:
The fact that movie isn’t close to being done yet and we get a trailer like this…yeah I’m in. Also, Pattinson is going to be a fantastic Batman/Bruce Wayne. Really interested to see what else comes out of this. https://t.co/kWNwSEL9qN
— Joe Spears (@joe_spears7) August 23, 2020
The trailer also introduces a few key characters, including Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman. I’m guessing that this isn’t Catwoman’s final look because this looks like a Catwoman costume someone’s mom would throw together using an old beanie and scissors for their kid on Halloween morning:
The Riddler (played by Paul Dano) and The Penguin (played by Colin Farrell fighting the hot by covering himself with forty tons of prosthetics) are also in the trailer, and they’re early into their criminal careers, so fans can probably expect the usual 48 sequels stretched out over the next 50 years. Literally, the actor playing the next Joker hasn’t even been born yet. The cast also includes John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, and Barry Keoghan as Stanley Merkel.
The Batman was originally supposed to come out June 2021, but because of the pandemic, has been pushed to October 1, 2021 which is a long-ass time to wait to catch a glimpse of Robert’s pale, sinewy half-naked body hopefully hopping out of the Batmobile. But it’s just in time for Halloween 2021, so you have more than a year to get your Emo Batman costume together by not washing your hair, only existing on a diet of rage and sadness, never letting the sun touch your skin (during these times that shouldn’t be hard) and slathering shoe polish on your eyes while Emo-ing out to Nirvana.