Even though Robert Pattinson received some backlash at first (mostly from people who are more familiar with Edward Cullen than anything else he’s done), it looks like he’s going to make a hell of a Batman. In the past few months, we’ve seen a few initial looks at the new Batman film—which will leave behind Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne in favor of a younger hero focused more on detective work—and they’ve been nothing but promising.
After years of beat-em-up, bruiser Batmans, it’s been refreshing to see director Matt Reeves’s sleeker, paired-down version of the DC Comics legend. Here’s everything we know so far about the new Batman trilogy, including its cast and plot rumors, and even looks at the Cape Crusader’s new suit, motorcycle, and Batmobile.
Who has been cast so far?
The casting of Bruce Wayne himself has actually been the most straightforward bit of news we’ve had from that end of things so far. In May, Variety reported that Twilight-turned-arthouse regular Robert Pattinson would suit up as the Caped Crusader.
To round out the cast, Zoe 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 Gotham district attorney Gil Colson.
There are some rumors swirling around that Matthew McConaughey could join the film as Harvey Dent, AKA Two-Face. So it seems like Reeves has just about wrapped up casting—let’s just hope we don’t have a crowded-villain, Amazing Spider-Man 2 situation on our hands.
Is there a trailer?
Although there’s no trailer yet, 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).
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).
We also got our first look at Pattinson’s Batcyle, as photos emerged from the set of the movie in Glasgow, Scotland. Though Pattinson isn’t in the photos, a man who appears to be his stunt double is seen mounting Batman’s two-wheeled whip. The photos also give us a closer look at the Batsuit, which looks armored as hell. It’s hard to tell what scene is being filmed, especially considering that the lack of plot details available, but if the woman in the second photo isn’t a member of the crew, her position on a motorcycle might imply there’s a chase to be seen.
In early March, we got our first look at a different, much more well-known mode of transportation for the Caped Crusader: The Batmobile. And these pictures are the real deal, not from some paparazzo—director Matt Reeves posted three different looks at Batman’s famous whip to his Twitter account.
Finally, it looks like we’ve gotten away from the looks of Christian Bale and Ben Affleck’s Batmobiles, which were closer to armored tanks than cars. Pattinson’s ride, surprisingly, looks like a souped up version of Adam West’s Batmobile—if you put the top on the convertible, and built a mean-looking engine into it.
Where will it fall on the Adam West to Christopher Nolan grit scale?
Medium gritty? Back when we heard about the Affleck departure, Reeves told The Hollywood Reporter what his gameplan was looking like. “It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” he said. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode that we’ve seen in the films.”
It’s a relief that we’re getting a detective noir take on the hero, considering Zack Snyder’s Batman (Reeves’s trilogy has no connection to that corner of the DCEU, by the way) had Bruce Wayne in a Hurt Locker suit beating on those weird desert dragons.
Pattinson seems on board with the more-brains-than-brawn take, too. “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 also told the Times, “Batman’s not a hero… 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. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one.”
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.
Any chance of Battinson meeting up with Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker?
If you’re going by Joker director Todd Phillips’s word, then probably not. When the Los Angeles Times asked him if Joaquin’s Joker would square off against any version of Batman, he said, “We would never do that. No, no.”
And when presented the theory that Arthur Fleck inspired the version of the Joker who would go on to fight Batman, Phillips left things a little more open-ended. “Maybe Joaquin’s character inspired the Joker,” he said. “You don’t really know. His last line in the movie is. ‘You wouldn’t get it.’ There’s a lot going on in there that’s interesting.”
Hey, crazier things have happened in the name of money. So we’ll see.
When will it be released?
The first film in Reeves’s trilogy will hit theaters June 25, 2021. Actually, that’s one week after Space Jam 2’s release. What a time to be alive.