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'The Batman': A Dark Take on an Already Dark Franchise?

Brett Nichols

Posted on May 24, 2020 04:32

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My thoughts on "Battinson" and the overall dark tone of the film. I can't believe you can make a film about a character called the "Dark" knight darker than it was before.

I don't know about you, but as soon as I heard a new trailer for Matt Reeves's The Batman came out I jumped on my computer and checked it out fast then you can say "holy bouncing boilerplate!" Robin actually said that by the way.

So while I was watching the trailer I found the rouges gallery oddly refreshing. I'm pumped to see that the film will have both the penguin and the Riddler at the helm as the Caped crusader's villains. However, one thing I noticed is that this movie seemingly attempts to be more brutal and dark than the Batman films before it ... something I thought was near impossible to do. I mean, look at Batman, his entire suit is so dark the only thing I can see of the actual man is the whites in his eyes! Not to mention that he only comes out at night, how much darker can you get, right?

However, looking at the new trailer of the upcoming 2021 film, I did find it not only darker lighting-wise to the last Batman films (especially The Dark Knight Rises, that movie has Batman fighting in broad daylight!) but also its tone is darker as well. As the other films typically have at least a few characters–including Bruce Wayne that give you humor, charm, and a sense that everything will (probably) be alright. The trailer for The Batman ... not so much. The trailer gives you the feeling that this iteration of Gotham is filled with terrorism from the criminal underworld that contrasts the corruption of Gotham's political leaders (potential spoiler alert so read at your own expense!!!) — corruption possibly connected to the Wayne family as well.

The most memorable part of the trailer I think most of us Bat-nerds would agree on is the part when Batman punches the living daylights out of a joker-esque thug, specifically when another clown person essentially asks "What are you?" Battinson, while we all expect him to say "I AM BATMAN," the age-old line that even Deadpool riffs on, says "I am vengeance." Seriously, this Batman film may be even too dark for the DC universe ... probably not though.

But seriously though, this Batman's anger in the trailer may indicate that we will get a realistic response of a man who witnessed his parents' death. It is always just slightly touched on in the other movies but its typically just reduced to a few flashback sequences and then he's pretty much fine. The guy gets therapy for his parents by dressing up in a super dark bat suit and you're telling me he doesn't want to senselessly brutalize the criminal underworld? C'mon ... c'mon. 

Either way, if I'm right or wrong, I'm looking forward to seeing it in theaters next year!

Brett Nichols

Posted on May 24, 2020 04:32

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Robert Pattinson transforms in to the Dark Knight in the first The Batman trailer.

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