Robert Pattinson sparkles as an eyeliner-wearing Bruce Wayne in ‘The Batman’

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The Batman has not completed production. They were not through with principal photography when they shut down for the pandemic in March. It looks like it might have been a blessing in disguise – it feels like director Matt Reeves used the past four months to begin editing the footage he had and when they come back to work next month, I bet they’ll move very quickly. As Reeves was pulling together the footage he had, he pieced together a dark-as-hell trailer, the first one we’ve seen. While I’m still not 100% on Robert Pattinson as Bat Dude, he seems to have taken to the Bat armor pretty well. Remember, he didn’t feel like he had to work out at all for this role. He’s just letting all of the armor and guyliner do the work! (I actually love the eyeliner, but I loathe his Bruce Wayne haircut).

It looks… interesting. I mean, freaks come out at night and all of that. We also get a very tiny glimpse of Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Colin Farrell as The Penguin (I think??) and Paul Dano as The Riddler. . Jeffrey Wright is Commissioner Gordon. Did you know Peter Sarsgaard is in this? He plays District Attorney Gil Colson. John Turturro is in it too – he plays Carmine Falcone. Matt Reeves has talked a lot about how he wants The Batman to be a very noir-detective version of Batman. I get that, I think.

Bonus trailer: another Wonder Woman 1984 trailer was released as part of the DC Comics virtual FanDome (same as The Batman stuff). This is our first big look at Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig.

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Promotional images courtesy of Warner Bros.

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  1. Powermoonchrystal says:

    I am weirdly interested in sparkles Batman, but I hope they bring at least some dark, weird humor into it. I liked another look at WW, but I preferred the 80′s music of the first trailer. It is striking how different the tones of the 2 movies are.

    • detritus says:

      The music! The Crow makeup. The ambiance. I love it. I’m here for Battison

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      @SM If you enjoyed Umbrella Academy than I think you’d like Watchman (the tv show not the film). It’s a continuation of the graphic novel with enough context for new people to keep up. It’s a fresh narrative arc so readers like me have new material to engage with.
      The characters are complicated & damaged like in the Umbrella Academy. Plus the show centres issues of racism in a dynamic way.

    • lucky says:

      Same! I love the vibe.

  2. Silver Charm says:

    Very My Chemical Batman. I like it.

    • tifzlan says:

      LITERALLY MY FIRST THOUGHT: “Why does he look like Gerard Way’s rejected understudy in My Chemical Romance: The Biopic?”

      Also the trailer looks like the b roll footage to Welcome to the Black Parade.

      • Red Dog says:

        My first thought was Davey Havok circa Miss Murder!

      • SM says:

        Talking about Gerard Way, I want to thank all the ppeps out here who encouraged me to watch the aumbrella Academy. The only version of the super hero story I gladly co-sign to. I especially enjoy that all the supposed superheroes and villains are portrayd like messed up individuals, but not in a emo, noir and melancholic way but on the border between the tragic and the comic, which is much more true to life that any other story I have seen so far about superheroes. This is why those conventional stories like in this trailer do not stick with me all too well, they often lack trust in the viewer. That we will understand tragedy in case they do not manipulate us to see it on screen all the time. In the UA sometimes what is the most revieling about the characters is the mundane everyday stuff and the viewer is allowed to laugh at them rather than be in awe of their powers. And the storyline is all around crazy.

    • Baela says:

      I love that his eyeliner doesn’t magically get lost when he takes off the cowl. Teenage me would fall in love with goth Batman. I hope the movie is good.

  3. Tris says:

    Didn’t make it past the grotesque first image of a duct tape wrapped head. Sorry, arrested adolescents, Batman is a children’s story, and this is psycho.
    Guess I’m an old fuddy-duddy that doesn’t like my child to witness torture.

    • Edna says:

      Best Batman ever was the WB animated series one.

    • Colee says:

      This movie is obviously not even remotely targeted for children. And the Batman movies haven’t been target for children either since Christian Bale, so I don’t see a problem here at all

      • Peanutbuttr says:

        The first comic ends with Batman knocking a guy into a vat of acid, so no, it wasn’t always kid friendly. The campiness happened partly as a result of the comic industry going into self-censorship mode in the fifties and partly due to the addition of a teenage sidekick.

        Batman hasn’t been kid friendly in a long time, if one read the Killing Joke or Knightfall (two examples from the late eighties and nineties)

      • Sigmund says:

        Film-Batman hasn’t been targeting children since the Dark Knight trilogy, which was made, what, 15 years ago? Certainly none of the recent Batman iterations have been child-focused.

        It looks interesting. Not sure I’m interested in yet another attempt to mimic the Dark Knight films, so I hope it’s more than that.

    • Penguin says:

      Eh Batman has never been a children’s story. The 50s comic book was very violent for its time. The Adam West show was campy, but also included violence. The WB animated series, albeit amazing, was downright terrifying. And that’s not even mentioning the source comic book material. The Long Halloween, The Dark Knight Returns, Death in the Family, my God!

    • Guest says:

      Batman hasn’t been a children’s story for many decades now. The animated series from the 90s had dark undertones to it.

    • jc says:

      Oh come on..

  4. Edna says:

    Love the new Wonder Woman trailer. Look forward to seeing the movie but will probably wait until it’s released via streaming.

    • Snazzy says:

      I loved that too! Chris Pine’s fanny packs deserve a separate post

    • Sayrah says:

      I loved it too. How tf is Steve alive though?

      • Korra says:

        It probably has something to do with Pedro Pascal’s character and granting people’s desires.

      • Christine says:

        ^ This. Granted I don’t know the comic lore but from what I’ve been reading Pedro’s character has these crystals which grant wishes/desires. That’s how Kristen Wiig’s character becomes Cheetah.

  5. Restless Bitch Face says:

    It looks like a cross between Batman and The Crow. As a late 90’s goth, I👏🏻am👏🏻here👏🏻 for👏🏻it. I will pregame by listening to The Cure and putting on ALL the eyeliner.

  6. Peanutbuttr says:

    Seems like they are emphasizing the world’s greatest detective aspect of the character, which I’m looking forward to.

    As a side note, I’m stealing werewolf for my next Zoom get together.

  7. Sophieb9 says:

    Check out the trailer for a foppish Pattinson in Tenet. And now The eyeliner Batman. Seems like his roles are creating expectations of how his character will look or behave. It was the same when Depp appeared on screen. We expected a variation on Jack Sparrow, no matter the movie. Depp took it into real life, too, but that’s another story.

  8. Teebee says:

    Geebus. If Batman as an evolving genre in itself gets any darker and brutish it’s going to become a horror movie.

    These are dark and troubling times. This is definitely the “if 2020 were a Batman movie” meme.

  9. Eleonor says:

    I like it.

  10. Alexandria says:

    Interesting. I look forward to this adaptation.

  11. Lively says:

    I love batman and Pattinson has proved himself to be a decent actor win win

  12. Eliza says:

    Ugh DC… the trailer isn’t bad but in these covid times …. CAN WE STOP MAKING MOVIES THAT YOU CAN’T WATCH AT HOME UNTIL AFTER 9PM?! Like this wasn’t a problem until Nolans batman made everyone think lighting night scenes should be optional.

    • Ae says:

      Right!? I felt like I had to turn the brightness up on my phone while watching this. That said, I love the goth, love the use of the Nirvana song. Damn, the 90s we’re a fun ride.

  13. Lizzie says:

    Personal pet peeve when a film is so dark I am not really sure what’s going on. I probably won’t watch.

  14. V4Real says:

    As much as I like Rob I don’t see him as Batman. But I said the same about Ben and he proved me wrong. I will just wait and see.

    But at this point they’re just pulling names out of a hat to play Batman

  15. Peanutbuttr says:

    One other thing, I know this blog likes to make fun of Kaley Cuoco for her thirstiness and her rash decisions when it comes to her love life, but the Harley Quinn Q&A she did had me in stitches.

  16. Queen Meghan's Hand says:

    Ugh this looks just like Nolan’s Batman but with Crow-like eye makeup.
    This is a pointless exercise.
    Catwoman is not dressed like a cat!

  17. Forks says:

    Came here just to say that I laughed out loud at this headline – it’s genius!

  18. serena says:

    It intrigues me. His make up kind of reminds me of The Crow but I don’t hate it, I think it fits the noir-ish atmosphere.

    Also everything is better than the Batflek.

    Can’t wait for Wonder Woman 2, although this new enemy (sorry Kristen Wiig) doesn’t really do it for me.

  19. Case says:

    I am shocked at how interested I am after this trailer. I think Pattinson could make a great Batman. I thought he was a weird pick when it was first announced, but I get it now. Loving the emo vibe of the whole thing. It reminds me of The Crow.

    I am a huge WW fan and can’t wait for the sequel to finally come out. Looks great.

  20. Alex says:

    I rarely go to see movies, but when I do, they are often dark as hell (lookin’ at YOU, Star Wars) and the theater doesn’t compensate for that so people can’t see what’s going on, on screen. And this entire film looks like it was shot in shadow.

    • L4frimaire says:

      Agree. I can barely see anything in these few clips. It’s literally way to dark and the lighting sucks. I don’t think I could sit through this because the dark gloom would annoy me. Can’t make anything out with all those shadows.

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Not a Batman fan, but I can’t wait for WW 1984. I even had the Blizzard yesterday.

  22. Yvette says:

    “Matt Reeves has talked a lot about how he wants The Batman to be a very noir-detective version of Batman. I get that, I think.”

    Isn’t that what Tim Burton gave us with Michael Keaton in his 1989 “Batman”? Llikewise with “Batman Forever” starring Val Kilmer, which Tim Burton produced, but did not direct. I think Tim Burton created a very dark ‘noir’ version of Batman and Gotham City.

    • Ferdinand says:

      Burton gave us the esthetic that stayed and defined Batman in the 90’s which was very different to what the 70s and the 40s gave us.

      Burton changed the game and gave the WB a character that up to today is the ace under the sleeve of a Movie universe that has had its ups and downs. Burton gave us the ultimate Batman feel and everything that comes to our minds when we think about the superhero. Just like Nolan gave us a more realistic approach within the Burton background.

  23. LW says:

    Totally gives me The Crow vibes

  24. Lucy2 says:

    Super excited for WW84.

    Not so much for this Batman- I think he’s such an odd casting choice, and this looks like it is borrowing heavily from Nolan’s trilogy.
    Anyone is going to look impressive in the big bulked up batsuit, but the Bruce part of the role seems like a mismatch here. He kind of looks like an emo college kid.

  25. jc says:

    i will see the batman movie. love the entire cast, the mood, the darkness… Batman has always been the best superhero franchise imo with the exception of batman and robin. That’s the movie you watch when you’re messed up and wanting to have a good time and laugh.