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Trailer: ‘The Batman’ teaser proves Pattinson belongs as Dark Knight

Batfleck may have earned a bit of hype earlier this week, but now it’s Battinson’s time to shine.

The first trailer for Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” capped what can only be called a truly epic day for DC fans and creators alike at DC FanDome. In a day filled with new footage, character reveals and general surprises, there’s a reason “The Batman” was given the premier time slot – because the trailer freakin’ slaps.

Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne in “The Batman.” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

The footage gave fans their first look at Robert Pattinson in action as the Batman, as well as Zoë Kravitz sleuthing around as Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, haunting narration and murder by Paul Dano’s Riddler, and a look at Jeffrey Wright’s Commissioner James Gordon. Oh, and if you had any doubts about Pattinson as the Batman, he delivers a pretty convincing beat down of a thug, followed by a completely convincing twist on the signature Batman voice.

The trailer also featured Nirvana’s “Something in the Way,” before shifting into Michael Giacchino’s already stellar score.

Earlier in the day fans got a bit of extra information on what to expect from “The Batman.” Reeve’s take on the Caped Crusader will explore a “Year Two” Batman, in which Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne is just beginning to settle into the mantle of the Dark Knight. In an earlier panel Saturday dubbed “Multiverse 101,” DC Films President Walter Hamada clarified that Reeves and Pattinson’s universe will be a separate one from the shared world of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, and the rest of the onscreen DC heroes. But don’t get your hopes up for any Batman-Joker feuds – Hamada also confirmed that Joaquin Phoenix’s take on Joker is in a universe of its own.

“Matt Reeves can continue to build out his Gotham,” Hamada said, which may refer to Reeve’s upcoming Gotham PD series on HBO Max. “Those are things that we can do because we don’t have to worry about how that would impact ‘Aquaman 2’ or ‘The Flash,’ because it’s all just part of the Multiverse.”

Want more Batman? Check out Johnny Sobczak’s in-depth trailer breakdown.

“The Batman” hits theaters October 1, 2021.

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Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Charlotte, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.

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