Excitement Arises as “The Batman” is Released Friday March 4, 2022


Adiba Huq

Robert Pattinson’s iteration of Batman in the 2022 movie “The Batman”

Director Matt Reeves took the virtual stage at DC FanDome a little over a year ago to reveal a reinvented Batman universe with Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne at its core.

The pandemic threw “The Batman’s” release date into chaos, but Reeves returned to FanDome on Saturday, just a few months before the DC comic book film hit theaters, to unveil a new full trailer for the film. The film gives a shadowy-but-clearer look at how a younger Bruce Wayne is dealing with the rise of Riddler, Penguin, and Catwoman.

“The Batman” is set in Gotham City and follows Bruce Wayne as he navigates the waters of a crime-ridden city, complete with a vintage Batmobile. The Riddler appears to be on a murder spree at the start of the picture, and as Reeves and cowriter Mattson Tomlin have stated numerous times, the serial killer streak will certainly require Batman’s detective talents.

Reeves’ Batman is shot in extreme widescreen and has a harsh, almost black-and-white cinematic feel to it. The entire screen can be swallowed by orange when a flash of sun or splash of fire breaks through later in the trailer. Whatever this movie delivers, there will be no shortage of piercing images.

After seeing the trailer, Canyon High School student Lincoln Phillips is “fully certain that ‘The Batman’ is going to be one of the best CBMs of all time and one of [his] favorite movies.” He is quite anxious to see the new and improved Batman after being a long-time fan of the DC and Marvel films.

However, if there’s one thing the trailer lacks, it hints about the movie’s larger vision and prospective new franchise. We know very little about this new Bruce, the villain’s motivation, or the plot’s ultimate trajectory. What we do know, though, is the following: “It’s not just a call. It’s a warning.”