The Matrix: Resurrections was not the only Warner Bros. movie that got the Cinemacon treatment. The studio also screened a featurette for Matt Reeves’ The Batman that had the cast and crew talk about what the movie has to offer. Pattinson tapped into the character’s rage as a talking point, as Reeves emphasized some of the things we’ve heard about the movie, especially it being a story early on in Batman’s career.
For some reason, Batman has always stood to as one of the major characters of the 20th century. He’s really working out this rage. All the fights seem very personal.
Reeves on his part, talked about the movie being grounded in a way we haven’t seen a Batman movie before. It’s early in his career and he’s only just beginning to find his way through the rage he’s been feeling, presumably about the death of his parents. It jibes well with reports we heard before filming even began, suggesting that Reeves was planning for a very rough, raw take on the Batman who has just begun his journey navigating the criminal world of Gotham.
In terms of the footage screened as a part of the featurette, we get a look at Batman beating up some thugs in a dark prison area, the crowd’s first look at Andy Serkis as Alfred, decked up in a vest worn over his buttoned-up shirt, the Batmobile flaring with flames emerging from its exhaust pipes. The general tone and color palette of the movie remain dark, with splashes of red highlighting the red-and-black scheme seen in the trailers.
Speaking of the trailer, The Batman trailer was screened at Cinemacon again, with slightly altered footage towards the end. It ends with a small exchange between the Riddler and Bruce Wayne that goes like this:
Riddler: You’re a part of this, too.
Bruce: How am I a part of this?
Riddler: You’ll see.
The footage doesn’t seem to contain any spoilers as such so I wouldn’t be surprised if Warner Bros. chooses to drop it online in the next few days.
The Batman is now set for release on March 4, 2022. In addition to Andy Serkis, it also stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone and Colin Farrell as The Penguin.