The day fans of DC's Caped Crusader were waiting for has finally arrived, as the new trailer for The Batman is now out into the world. The trailer made its long-awaited and highly-promoted debut during Saturday's DC FanDome virtual convention, along with an appearance from the saga's cast and crew. The trailer, which you can check out here, provides the newest look at the story of Bruce Wayne / Batman (Robert Pattinson), those in his rogues gallery, and their fresh take on Gotham City.
"It's just as important as any of the Rogues Gallery," writer-director Matt Reeves said of Gotham during DC FanDome 2020. "It's sort of like the nature of what this place is, and the history of it is critically important to our story and one of the things that I really wanted to do because it is the center of the story - especially the history of corruption in the city. [That] was I wanted to present it in a way that was really fleshed out, I wanted it to feel like an American city you'd never been to. I mean other iterations... the Burton one had very, very, theatrical, beautiful sets - and Nolan had the version that he created in Batman Begins and that was... parts of Chicago and parts of Pittsburgh. And what we're trying to do is create a version of it that you haven't seen before."
The Batman will see Pattinson bringing about an entirely new take on the character, with a cast that also includes Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Kravitz as Catwoman, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Real, Barry Keoghan as Officer Stanley Merkel, and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth.
"[The fans] are [hardcore], and because I respect them so much I chose not to think about them when making the movie," Kravitz explained during a recent interview. "If I'm thinking about wanting everyone to like it and wanting all the fans to like it, I'm not going to actually bring a real person to life. Matt wrote a really interesting story with a complex character, and the relationships are really interesting. All I wanted to do was honour that story."
"Sometimes with really big movies, it can feel like you're just a puppet and part of this big machine," Kravitz continued. "This felt like an independent movie in the way that there was real heart and soul and thought being put into the process and into every scene. It was incredibly collaborative. Matt's very specific. It took him a year to make this because of Covid. We were in this bubble, really in this world, and it was an incredible experience. To spend a year of your life, and it's very physically demanding ... I had to be in very specific shape, and there's a pandemic going on. I'm being zipped into a catsuit every day at 7am, working 12-hour days and then coming home and working out. It was intense."
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The Batman is currently set to be released on March 4, 2022.