There’s another Dark Knight coming to our screens. As Twilight star Robert Pattinson becomes ‘The Batman’. And The Batman trailer was shown at DC Fandome.
When’s it out?
The new addition to the franchise has been on the cards for some time. COVID-19 has halted filming, pushing the date back from June 2021 to October 2021. Now the race for the completion of post-production is now underway.
The last trilogy from Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises, aired back in 2012. So, after a nine-year wait, this new movie is very much anticipated. It’s already causing a stir with still over a year to go before release.
Who’s in it?
The role of Batman is iconic, much like James Bond it’s a title that many actors can only dream of taking on. After much speculation about who will be next to step into the cape, Robert Pattinson will don the cowl. But could Pattinson become the legendary, husky, brooding dark crusader we all know and love? Only time will tell, though, the Batman trailer, just released, shows promise. He may not hold the deep, rasping tones of Bale but Pattinson definitely has the broodiness down to a fine art.
In an interview with Esquire Pattinson spoke about his surprise at bagging the role. He spoke about how he felt that the reaction to the news was a little less ‘vitriolic’ than he was first expecting. When discussing the new portrayal of the new Batman, Pattinson said: “[Batman’s] mortality is a little bit off. He’s not the golden boy … There is a simplicity to his worldview, but where it sits is strange, which allows you to have more scope with the character.“
What will happen?
The actor demonstrates he is 100% here for this new portrayal of Batman. The Batman trailer reveals a younger version of the collected hero we all know. We will witness the caped crusader losing his control when faced with a group of thugs.
The preview, revealed at DC FanDome, also showcases the new Bat-mobile. It’s been muscled to the max! We see explosive scenes and several villains including Catwoman and The Riddler. The Riddler’s seen at the very beginning duct-taping a corpse which is later revealed to be mayor Don Mitchell. Another famous villain to appear in The Batman trailer is The Penguin played by Total Recall actor Colin Farrell. Farrell is rumoured to be adorning prosthetics for a more accurate depiction of Oswald Cobblepot. The trailer intensifies a gloomier feel to the upcoming production which only amplifies an alternative take on the hero.
What will the tone be like?
The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves directs this new addition. He’s set to spark a whole new trilogy surrounding a young Bruce Wayne and his earlier days as Batman, showcasing Bruce’s inner turmoil. Matt Reeves has stated that as well as a darker, noir-esque feel , The Batman will retain a comic-title of “the world’s greatest detective”. Which fans haven’t seen much of in past productions.
We are set to see more of Batman tracking down criminals and solving crimes. Creating a more “wholesome” storyline which parallels better with the original comic script.
The tone of the film has been described by Commissioner Gordon actor Jeffery Wright as setting “the next evolution since 1939. This is when [the Batman] stories began. What this means exactly isn’t clear which era we can expect to be transported to. But it definitely looks as though the new film is set to mark its own place in the hero’s story.
The Batman trailer is one not to be missed. And as post-production intensifies we’ll be keeping a close eye out for more snippets in the run-up to its release. That is, once Pattinson has recovered from contracting COVID-19, of course.
Are you looking forward to seeing The Batman? How do you think Robert Pattinson will present his interpretation of the character? Let us know in the comments below.
You can view The Batman movie trailer HERE.
More from DC FanDome HERE.
Read IMDB information about The Batman movie HERE.
DC Fandome 2021 – Revelations, Trailers and the future
At the recent virtual DC Fandome 2021 over 66 million fans tuned in across 220 countries. They listened in 12 different languages. All to find out the scoop on what’s to come for the comic book franchise, new DC revelations and even watch trailers of soon to be released films and TV shows.
But, if you weren’t one of the millions to be watching from home, below is the Film, TV and Gaming announcements and revelations that would interest any DC fan.
DC Fandome 2021 started with a world exclusive trailer of Black Adam! The man himself Dwayne Johnson. Along with a host of the films other stars including Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Quintessa Swindell and Noah Centineo. They introduce themselves and the exclusive trailer.
During the 4-minute intro below, you see Johnson excitably launch his passion project. He explains how much the Black Adam universe means to him. We are also told that the film is currently in post-production with the film being released on the 29th of July 2022.
We don’t get much information or storyline from the trailer. But Dwayne’s enthusiasm for the character and the gritty darkness of what we do get in the trailer is enough, for now, to keep us excited about this Movie.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
During the day’s events, Jason Momoa was on hand to give fans an in-depth dive into the world of Aquaman. Firstly, apologising for the four-year wait. However, Momoa and director James Wan appeased fans with a host of behind-the-scenes clips. Plus a glimpse of some unusual conceptual art. Which included quirky looking desert creatures and giant grasshoppers.
We have also been promised by Wan that we are going to be getting a film that’s more mature, giving the audience something new, exciting and an experience we haven’t seen before. The 2-and-a-half-minute look into the sequel, below, was enough to make any fan excited for its theatrical release in December 2022.
DC’s League of Super-Pets
A fun animated adventure was also announced. DC’s League of Super-Pets will bring super-pets like Krypto and Ace the Bat-Hound to life for the first time.
In an exclusive trailer, fans were introduced to the two pups, voiced by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, in a light-hearted look into the film. The full movie voice by the comedy pairing along with some other famous names such as Keanu Reeves and Vanessa Bayer is set to be released next November.
Another film trailer to hit the DC Fandome 2021 screens was The Flash. Portrayed once again by Ezra Miller and directed by Andy Muschietti. Fans were introduced to the trailer and the concept of the film, where the Flash unlocks the DC cinematic universe. He time hops back to the ’90s where Michael Keaton, reprises his role, he originated in 1989’s ‘Batman’ and 1992’s ‘Batman Returns’.
We’re elated that we get another film with Michael Keaton as Batman. Even if the storyline does sound a little farfetched. We’re sure Muschietti will get the narrative across perfectly and the film will be an instant hit. The film is due to hit cinemas in November 2022.
The DC Fandome 2021 team knew exactly what they were doing when they left the release of the second Batman trailer to the very end of the day. Like fans around the world, we also couldn’t wait to see more of Patterson, fully suited up, showcasing his gritty take on the hero. Director Matt Reeves, Robert Pattinson (Batman) and Zoe Kravitz (Selina Kyle/ cat woman) were there to lead the trailers release.
Granted the jury is still out if Patterson can pull of the dark knight or not but we have to admit we are excited to see him in action. We also have a sneaky suspicion that for the first time in a film setting since Michelle Pfeifferthey may have nailed the casting for Selina Kyle with Zoe Kravitz. We don’t have long left to find all this out though, as after a few Covid related interruptions Batman is now set to be released in theatres on March 4th, 2022.
Injustice and Catwoman: Hunted
If some of these DC film releases seem a little far away, fear not because we were also made aware that two animated films will be released quite soon. With Injustice’s release this October and an anime-inspired animated DC offering in the form of Catwoman on February the 8th 2022, both the feature-length animations will be available on digital, 4K and Blu-ray. To take a sneak peak of Catwoman: Hunted you can watch the trailer below.
When it came to the TV side of the DC world there were a lot of announcements and trailers mainly around continuing shows such as, Titans, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Stargirl along with the more anticipated trailers for:
Has been renewed for another season, despite the departure of Ruby Rose. The new trailer showcased its new Batwoman – Ryan Wilder played by Javicia Leslie.
Is set to be returning for a fourth season. During the announcement followers of the show were treated to a wonderfully odd and endearing mid-season trailer.
Is set for yet another inter-universe team up as The Flash team takes on a deadly mission against the ‘Armageddon’ villains. Which could decide the fate of humankind. The villainous gang is headed up by Tony Cuttan as Despero, Arrowverse’s Tom Cavanagh as Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash and Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk.
First seen in this summer’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ Movie, John Cena’s comedic take of the Peacemaker is set to have its own HBO Max show. The fun and quirky trailer to the first series premiered at the event. Along with a behind the scenes look at the making of the series. It shows that director James Gunn is staying true to his unique, comedic style. The Trailer also shows the other great actors involved in the series including the hilarious ‘Orange is the New Black’ star Danielle Brooks, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robert Patrick and Jennifer Holland. This eight-episode series is set to be released on 13 January.
Viewers of the event didn’t find out much about this Netflix offering. But we did get glimpses of Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar. Wwhich let’s be honest along with the announcement that this is actually happening, is enough to get most of us DC fans excited about its release. There is no release date yet but I’m sure over the coming months there will be more announcements about this extraordinarily dark and forbidding series.
Based on the comic book series of the same name created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker and Jamal Campbell. The TV adaptation of the story was announced with a one-minute ten-second trailer. This superhero drama is based around a comic book-loving teenager who discovers she has superpowers. Her curiosity leads her onto a journey into the Multiverse in search of answers. We haven’t got a definitive release date yet, but we have been promised it will be in 2022.
Suicide squad: Kill the Justice League
Since the announcement of this game at last year’s Fandome we haven’t had much information or even any gameplay footage. However, at this year’s event, we did get quite an in-depth trailer and a little look at the storyline. In this game, the player gets a choice of playing Harley Quinn, King Shark, Captain Boomerang or Deadshot. As they take on a new mission against an alien threat that has brainwashed the Justice League. There is still no hint to a release date or even a gameplay trailer, but we have been assured 2022 will be full of hints about the game and hopefully a conclusive release date.
Another game trailer that was released at the Fandome, that excited fans across the world was Gotham Knights. Continuing its Arkham-style adventures, Games Montreal has been working hard on the narrative and gameplay functions of this game. This game, in particular, was supposed to be released sometime in 2021 but it was delayed and we have now got a 2022 release time frame.
In this game you get to play a number of characters including Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, and Red Hood in an open-world action online RPG in order to uncover secrets and take down the Court of Owls.
So there you have it, some of the top DC new from the Fandome 2021. What do you think about all the new announcements? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below..
Read our review of DC’s The Suicide Squad HERE.
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