A closer look into the iconic partnership between two vigilantes
We got a new trailer, without any prior announcement, from Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Titled, “The Bat and the Cat,” the two-and-a-half minute clip showed Robert Pattinson’s Batman and Zoe Kravitz‘s Catwoman teaming up and fighting Riddler and the rest of the Gotham underworld.
The trailer opens with Bruce Wayne being interviewed by a reporter, who reminds him of his family’s philanthropy, and him doing nothing so far to continue it, even as clips of him driving the Batmobile after the Penguin (Colin Farrell) plays on the side.
We move on to Riddler (Paul Dano) and his cryptic messages, each a challenge for the Batman and hinting to him about all the corruption happening in their city. Then comes Batman’s interaction with Catwoman and her alter ego Selina Kyle, who is seemingly teaching the young Prince of Gotham how the city really operates. We also see him telling her not to throw her life away, which is quite interesting to hear since he stated in the second trailer that he doesn’t care what happens to him. Selina of course, quips that she’s got nine lives.
We later hear the Riddler clearly calling out Bruce Wayne, leading to doubts that he managed to figure out Batman’s secret identity. From the games and comics, Riddler was always shown to be someone with a strong desire to prove that he’s Batman’s intellectual superior. However, Batman manages to save the day by solving his riddles and saving lives that he’s put in danger. But it is clear that Reeves is showing Riddler in a very dark way, similar to the Zodiac Killer. He no longer has the comical or idiotic mannerisms we are used to, and it’s a refreshing change.
The movie additionally stars John Turturro as crime boss Carmine Falcone, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred, Peter Sarsgaard as a Gotham City D.A., and Eternals star Barry Keoghan as a police officer.
The Batman hits theatres on March 4, 2022.