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Classic Batman Reimagined for a Younger Generation

Even before seeing the new trailer for The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and directed by Matt Reeves, I was confident the film is one of the most anticipated movies coming in 2022. After seeing the latest trailer I am absolutely 100%, out of my head positive that the world is also greatly anticipating this new and strikingly original incarnation of the DC comic book icon. We've seen others expose the darker side of beloved superheroes, but this is a whole other layer of "dark". Here's a link.

Previously, the trailers for this 2022 release gave very few glimpses of what we can expect. However, the new trailer shows a ton more footage than the last. We see more of Batman kicking ass (as usual), we see more of the Riddler, and Catwoman and the Penguin. As a person being born in 2003, Batman has been in my life quite a bit having grown up with Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. In fact, my favorite Batman actor is Christain Bale. And I do think that The Dark Knight is one of the greatest films ever made. I also grew up with a lot of Batman games, which include, Lego Batman, Batman Begins, Batman Arkham Asylum, Batman Arkham City, and a whole lot more. So it’s obviously clear that I love Batman. Maybe it's from my father being such a fan, but I think the portrayal of the modern character is responsible for pulling in the latest generation of obsesive fans.

Anyway, back to “The Batman” trailer. I think Robert Pattinson is a fantastic choice for playing the "dark knight". I think what he has accomplished in his career is amazing since starting out in the fourth Harry Potter film. It was a slow climb after that with two (British) TV movies and two independent films with little notice. And then came megahit, worldwide phenomenon of Twilight. I consider the saga as a catastrophic stain upon movie screens, and I belive the movie and its sequels gave audiences the wrong idea of Pattinson as being mere eye candy for preteens. Fortunately, as soon as he stopped the twilight saga, he went on to do amazing performances in smaller films like Good Time, and the Austrailian indie film, The Rover.

Not only am I happy with the choice for Batman, I'm also very happy that Matt Reeves is directing the latest imagining. He's certainly proven his directing abilities and writing skills when it comes to large scale projects having performed both duties for the last two films of the Planet of the Apes trilogy. His experience working on darker action films formed as far back as the 2008 production of Cloverfield, which was produced by long time friend and mentor, JJ Abrams. Their cinematic styles are so similair that it is easy for one to imagine that the Star Wars "it" boy directed the latest trailer.

As I said before, in the new trailer we see new footage of characters and fighting sequences. What I couldn't help noticing is that the cinematography and the color scheme of the shots are visually dazzling. One shot in particular shows Batman holding a bright red flare in an aerial view portraying Batman as if he is being outnumbered by a bunch of bad guys. But being Batman, I don't think any of us believe that's going to be a problem for him. The excitement comes from the anticipation of just HOW he's going to handle ths seemingly insurmountable situation. And I suspect, that like me, you'll also get goosebumps at the end of the trailer when there's a shot composed upsidedown with Batman coming toward camera with a fire blazing behind him as his cape waves in the wind.

I also want to note the scant moments that give us a glimps of the outstanding makeup for the traditional Batman villians. We see quite a bit of Catwoman, however (SPOILER) most people don’t know that Colin Farell (an actor I admire) is playing the fat and greedy Penguin - if you're not looking for him, you will overlook the character completely. And Paul Dano is seen only from behind without any reference that he is the Riddler. On the other hand, you see some recognizable faces without reference to the character they play (Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard).

I could keep going on and on about why I'm so excited for this movie, and the latest trailer has greatly contributed to the anticipation. Overall I think the cast is very well chosen, I'm happy with the director, and I'm genuinely excited to see if there are going to be any changes to the character of Batman. In short, I can't wait to see the movie... and that's exactly what a great trsailer should do. Congratulations to The Batman: goal accomplished!


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