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5 Reasons Why The Batman could be the best Bat film ever.

5 Reasons Why The Batman could be the best Bat film ever.

I absolutely loved recent The Batman trailer and here's 5 reasons why I'm all in on the new direction and future of Gotham's Dark Knight.

DennyVonDoom

The Batman hype is intensifying

It's been a few weeks now and I'm still thinking about the newest trailer for The Batman. It's starting to settle in for me why I'm more interested in this version of Batman than some of the previous iterations including the Batfleck Era (I do love that suit though). So here's 5 reasons why This may be the best version of the Bat that we've ever gotten on screen.

A Director with Super Vision

I'm a big fan of the more recent Plant of the Ape trilogy and the director Matt Reeves has gained alot of faith from me because of it. I think his passion for the project and detailed descriptions of the world he is trying to create has really sold me on the creative vision of this film. He seems to be aiming for a fully realized Gotham with layers and history way older than Bruce Wayne. With talks of a GCPD show at HBO Max and other tie-ins to this world, I am not doubting that the scope of what Reeves is planning is large enough for a dense and atmospheric trilogy. He's also sited classic Batman stories like The Long Halloween and Year One as influences which lean into grounded elements of the character but also some of the mythos and detective work. Parts of what we hav seen so far almost look like a horror film and I believe that is entirely intentional and would have been perfect for the original October 2021 release date

The History of Gotham

There's a high chance that the Court of Owls could be foreshadowed or even fully revealed in this film. That element is something I have been wanting to see happen on screen in a way that is hopefully more satisfying than the animated film a couple years back. With Reeves focusing on a scary underbelly in gotham that may be bigger than just mob ties or the usual corruption we've seen in other projects, it makes the odds of a young inexperienced Batman taking down th threat seem more insurmountable. And we love a good Hero's Journey don't we? The Court of Owls are in style with the secret society being front in center in the new Gotham Knights video game which also got a new trailer at DC Fandome. 

The World's Greatest Detective


One thing the comic book movie genre could use more of is a good whodunit. Mystery is lacking from these films and I believe it's the element that could make a project like The Batman truly stand out. Reeve's version Batman seems to be doing some actual detective work in this one. Stoic and calculating, this Bruce Wayne is focused and obsessed with figuring out what the Riddler is up to and how the pieces come together. There's so much noir levels of richness in the comics when it come's to Batman's detective work. It's not all done by a super computer or scanning chemicals on a wall like the Arkham games.

Bats knows his stuff and when he doesn't, he kows how to find someone that can give him answers willingly or by force. Bruce doesn't look like the type who is holding up well and I wonder how sociable he will be while using the playboy philanthropist facade to keep people guessing. He also definitely needs some sleep from Robert Pattinson's sullen eyes in som eof the shot's we've seen so far.

A Bad(Ass) Romance

We are finally getting what looks like a true version of Selina Kyle. One fully realized with her own motivations but who may learn to trust someone who beats up criminals at night. I think that this relationship will be key to this film and the others moving forward. As anybody who follows the comics knows, Bruce and Selina have history but when they actually do admit their feelings for eachother, they are an extremely strong partnership. The Long Halloween and more recent Rebirth runs are probably a source of great inspiration for this dynamic relationship.

Who's going to chase the hardest and will the romance become a weak spot for Bruce or a way for Matt Reeves to buck the usual damsel in distress trope and make Catwoman more than capable of taking care of herself. Zoe Kravitz may have a chance to steal the show here after some hit or miss performances and one fairly solid one in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Supporting Characters and the Rogues

This film seems less focused on deliverying a Big Bad and more on creating a world that's fully fleshed out by the villains we know in love. Th ePenguin getting his comic book ties on film compared to the Tim Burton adapation is a smart way to go and Colin Farrell lookin almost unrecognizable in the role is pretty freaking cool. Paul Dano is a very talented actor as well and seem's to be bringing a pretty haunting performance to his role as The Riddler.

I'm also curious to see how Gordon and Batman interact as it seems that he's actively letting Batman investigate crime scenes. So we are far enough in the timeline of that relationship but still early enough that dynamics can change on a dime. Also we can't forget about Andy Serkis who stays booked and busy nowadays. I really want to see what kind of relationship he has with Pattinson's verion of Bruce because as disturbed as bruce looks here, I'm not sure how Alfred hasn't stepped in to shut things down. But who knows, maybe this will be a part of the storyline as well.

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on The Batman. Hopefully we will get another trailer closer to release on March 4th.

From The Chatty
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    October 26, 2021 12:01 PM

    5 Reasons The Batman may be the best one yet

    Read more: 5 Reasons Why The Batman could be the best Bat film ever.

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      October 26, 2021 1:34 PM

      I'm pretty excited about the new animated series Caped Crusader.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvvNnmgeI5Y

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        October 26, 2021 1:54 PM

        damn that sounds pretty great! thanks for sharing that I had no idea it was in the works.

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          October 26, 2021 1:58 PM

          For Timm of all people to say it's more BTAS than BTAS was is pretty significant.

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            October 26, 2021 1:59 PM

            I usually roll my eyes at hyperbole, but yeah... I'll make an exception for him!

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        October 26, 2021 4:21 PM

        Yeah I'm pretty hype for it too. Solid team and Bruce Timm is back. I assume it's going to be on Adult Swim with the tone they are going for with it but maybe not. I just hope Bruce Timm stays away from the choices he made with The Killing Joke.

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          October 26, 2021 6:23 PM

          I've seen some of the history on that, and I still want to believe there was pressure from management. Real shame about some of those choices too.

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        October 26, 2021 6:37 PM

        Oooh...too bad about JJ Abrams, though. Hopefully they didn't let him do much.

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        October 26, 2021 9:00 PM

        They're running out of names for Batman stuff.

        Next they'll have a show just called Wayne.

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        October 27, 2021 4:57 AM

        I hope they make it kid friendly, I love watching TAS with my kids.

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      October 26, 2021 3:39 PM

      A lot of assumptions and leaps of faith there.

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        October 26, 2021 4:22 PM

        Just having some fun! Feel free to tell me what you think is farfetched

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      October 26, 2021 4:59 PM

      I was 100% wrong with Heath Ledger playing the joker. He was amazing. But 100lb soaking wet dudes including Michael Keaton playing batman I just cannot get over. Batflack at least has some weight to him. Is it really that hard to get a bodybuilder with the grace of a ballet dancer? It cannot be impossible right?

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      October 26, 2021 6:48 PM

      Good article, Denny! I share your excitement for a return to classic comic Batman. The Nolan films were good stylistically, but really suffered from portraying Batman as this dude that only ever appeared on 3 distinct occasions and then retired. That's not Batman! And the newer films are all too busy making Batman a side character to the goddamn Justice League. I want classic, comic Batman in all his glory!

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      October 27, 2021 4:52 AM

      Is this the one with Lexi Belle playing Batgirl or am I thinking of something else?

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