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The first teaser for The Batman shows off brutal action and murderous riddles

By Tim Augustin - on 25 Aug 2020, 10:10am

The first teaser for The Batman shows off brutal action and murderous riddles

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

“I am vengeance.”

Director Matt Reeves took to DC FanDome recently to unveil the first teaser for his upcoming Batman film. The trailer shows off our first look at Robert Pattinson’s take on the Dark Knight, which seems to be pretty dark… and angry. 

Watch the trailer below:

In the trailer, we see Batman investigate a string of horrific murders, uncovering riddles left behind by the one and only Riddler. We also get a glimpse of Catwoman robbing a safe, and Batman putting a brutal John Wick-like beatdown on a thug. The Batmobile also fires up, and it looks pretty great. It looks like the plot will involve the Riddler trying to shine a light on the level of corruption within Gotham City. 

Reeves also further elaborated on the movie’s story at DC FanDome, stating that it takes place during Batman’s second year in Gotham. As a result, the noir-driven story will feature a version of the caped crusader who’s much rougher around the edges. His rogues’ gallery of villains haven’t quite found themselves yet either - even the Penguin hates being called the Penguin at this point. 

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

He also revealed that an upcoming HBO Max series spin-off will act as a prequel to The Batman, taking place during the vigilante’s very first year in Gotham. It will focus on the Gotham City Police Department, as the city becomes unsettled with the Batman suddenly taking flight to brutally end crime. It will also follow corruption in the city, focusing on one particular crooked cop in a, “battle for his soul.”

The HBO Max series currently has no release date, but The Batman will hit theatres on October 21, 2021 with quite the star-studded cast. Confusingly, Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton will also reprise their respective roles as Batmen in DC’s upcoming Flash movie.