This past weekend, DC Comics held a virtual convention called DC FanDome, which was packed with exciting news for DC Comics fans. A two major video games were announced, “Gotham City Knights” and “Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League,” and trailers for Wonder Woman 1984 and the Synder cut of Justice League were shown. However, the trailer for The Batman was the clear winner of the convention. In just two-and-a-half minutes, it managed to hint at the style that director Matt Reeves will be going for, what Batman stories might have inspired him, and so much more. Here are 3 things that I found particularly exciting.
These Batboots are made for walking: A hint at a younger Batman
As strange as it may sound, one of the first things that stood out to me was this shot of Batman’s boots early in the trailer. While Batman films have rarely focused on the superhero’s shoes (and that is probably for the better), these boots look look like just any old, regular boots. They might not seem like a big deal at first, but we know that this movie will portray a younger version of Bruce Wayne, one that maybe doesn’t have all of his gadgets and high-tech gear yet. And so, these Batboots can actually be a sign of where Batman will be in his journey from a chronological perspective.
Multiple villains and a darker political Gotham
Ever since we started hearing news about The Batman, we knew that it would feature multiple villains. This trailer confirmed that, as it showed us footage of The Penguin, Catwoman and The Riddler. But it also seemed to hint at the kind of way in which these villains will try to attack Gotham. There is a shot of a wall with newspapers with the word “LIES” painted in bright red over them. Later on, we see a car crashing into a public place and a man, who might be a bomber, walks with a sign that says “to the Batman.” There is a note that The Riddler leaves for Batman early in the trailer, which asks “What does a liar do when he’s dead?” All of this shows that this version of Gotham might be just as political as the one we saw in Christopher Nolan’s films: a city where corruption runs rampant and those in power do not hesitate to forget about the masses. This is very exciting, since many great Batman stories are the ones that focus on this tension.
“I am vengeance” : a Batman with less restraints
Easily the most shocking moment of the trailer comes when Batman savagely beats down a thug who asks him a simple question (maybe a bit of an overreaction). We have seen Batman fight criminals before, but this combat was quick, unrelenting and brutal. This shot might indicate that this younger Batman is probably still figuring out his moral code and is a lot more eager to tap into his rage. The combat even resembled some of the more action-heavy sequences of the Arkham video games and, if this is an indicator of Batman’s fighting style throughout the whole movie, we might be in for some pretty intense action sequences. It is just another factor that shows how much of a distinctive style this movie already has, and how it could be a Batman story different from the ones that came before it.
An article written by Leonardo Lopez Carreno.