I Was Wrong, The Batman Looks Amazing!
Teaser Trailer release gives us first glimpse of Matt Reeves’ vision of Robert Pattinson behind the cowl
I’m generally the first to admit when I have been wrong. So, pull up a chair and watch while I am about to devour a five course meal full of crow. The Batman teaser trailer released yesterday. I don’t know that I have ever so graciously eaten my own words before. Leading up to this trailer, I have been nothing but skeptical, about the casting, about the choice of director, about the visual aesthetic, it all just seemed to be heading in a very questionable direction. Ladies and gentlemen, please, you can put all doubts aside. This film looks absolutely incredible.
Upon first viewing of this teaser, my childlike sense of wonder was enthusiastically rekindled like never before. It felt like I was viewing the first trailer for Batman back in the late eighties, when Michael Keaton famously uttered the line “I’m Batman.” I’m not kidding. My body was covered in goosebumps, and when Robert Pattinson delivers the phrase “I’m vengeance,” I literally shouted at the screen, “OH MY GOD!” My jaw was hanging open in awestruck dumbfounded joy. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong in my entire life.
I’m going to be blunt: this is perhaps the best trailer I have ever seen. It does its job well. It engages the senses, from its clever use of music (a remixed version of “Something in the Way” by Nirvana that breathes new life into the classic track) to its unique use of the sound of duct tape being ripped from the roll which immediately draws the audience into the scene, to the way it builds tension to the wonderful reveal of Batman in action and the existential craving we are left with for wanting more. I immediately fell in love with the LOOK of this movie, and then the VIBE of it. Imagine if David Fincher’s Seven and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight had a baby.
All first impressions indicate that this movie is doing everything right. Although I may not have loved Matt Reeves’ previous projects, as the Planet of the Apes films had their issues and Cloverfield was mostly just a gimmick, here I think his potential is being realized. Although I, like many people, doubted Robert Pattinson’s talent because of his affiliation with the train wreck that was Twilight, it is impossible to ignore how he has redeemed himself since then with his artistic choices, and here he seems to be making the most of his opportunity. Seriously, if you still doubt Robert Pattinson after viewing The Lighthouse, I ask you to consider that the problem might not be the actor, but the viewer.
We do not get to see Paul Dano as the Riddler in this teaser, but we do hear his voice. For me, this is inspired casting. He is a perfect choice for that role. We do get to see Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman. And we do get to see the new Batmobile fire up its turbine and speed gloriously through the night. We do get to see Batman on his motorcycle. We do get to see that finally a film maker understands the physical mechanics of eye makeup, and that it doesn’t magically vanish when Batman removes his cowl. Oh, man!!
If you are not hyped for this movie now, you may want to check your pulse. I for one am happily getting onboard The Batman hype train, even as I am trying to purge from my memory the video game cut scene travesty of what appears to be The Snyder Cut. But let’s not talk about that.
2021 can’t get here fast enough. Bring on the vengeance.