While everyone has been watching Robert Pattinson lose his damn mind in The Lighthouse, one of his next major projects—starring as Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves's fresh-start Batman trilogy—has been gaining steam.
Since we heard that Batfleck was hanging up his cowl nearly a year ago, we've had what's felt like a nonstop mill of casting rumors and details from the project, which will take the younger Caped Crusader in an entirely new direction, one that separates itself from Zack Snyder's version of Batman. And finally, it seems like the new roster of Gotham's finest (and Arkham's worst) has been finalized—here’s a breakdown of what we know about the upcoming Batman trilogy.
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.
Oh, and one last thing—here’s a clip of Timothee Chalamet saying he would tell grown-ups his name was Robin when he was little. And that he’s “not averse to those universes.” Just sayin’.
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.
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.
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