MILL VALLEY, CA - OCTOBER 05: Robert Pattinson appears at the 42nd Mill Valley Film Festival - Special Screenings Of "The Lighthouse" And "Harriet" on October 5, 2019 in Mill Valley, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images)

No superhero as seen as much screen team as the Batman. Even Marvel’s Spider-Man, who has had three outings on the big screen pales in comparison. For the first time though, two actors are playing live-action Bruce Wayne’s at the same time. Ben Affleck is set to return and film additional scenes for the Justice League Snyder Cut. He’s also been confirmed to return for Ezra Miller’s The Flash, alongside Michael Keaton who is likely playing his father, Thomas Wayne. Meanwhile, Matt Reeves, The Batman, Harry Potter, and Twilight star Robert Pattinson is taking up the cowl. At the DC FanDome event, last week director Matt Reeves surprised fans with a trailer of the Batman, despite only having filmed 25% before Covid-19 put production on hold.

A New Batman

The film is set to focus on the earlier years of Batman before he was an established crime fighter. Reeves explains that in the mythos of the film there are people who still don’t quite believe in him. People refer to ‘The Batman’ as more of an urban legend.

Reeves also teased that the version of the Riddler that fans will see played by Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine) is unlike anything fans have ever seen. Instead of the high society, cane-wielding, bowler hat-wearing intellectual that fans are used to, the Riddler seems like more of a mysterious, gritty serial killer. Similarly, Colin Farrell (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) will be playing the Penguin. The actor is almost unrecognizable in the role of Oswald Cobblepot aka the Penguin. The Penguin isn’t yet the mob boss he’s normally portrayed as and hates the moniker of the Penguin, something he will surely grow into over the course of the film.

The trailer gives off heavy vibes from Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, something grounded more in reality than superhero theatrics. There also seems to be heavy inspiration from Netflix’s run of Daredevil, which isn’t surprising. Both Daredevil and Batman have a lot of similarities and were both tackled by comics legends Frank Miller.

The Batman directed by Matt Reeves is due out June 3rd, 2021. It stars Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis, and Jeffrey Wright.

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