The Vampire Playing the Bat?


Sergio Rivera Leal, Contributor

The new Batman movie trailer just dropped, leaving some fans excited and others concerned. Robert Pattinson from the Twilight movie saga is playing the caped crusader this time around after Ben Affleck’s performance in the last Justice League movie released in 2017.

The Batman follows Bruce Wayne in his earlier years as Batman, making the stepping stones for his vigilantism and his pent-up anger. The official synopsis goes as follows: “The Riddler plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Batman and Commissioner Gordon in Gotham City.”

This movie will finally let us see the detective side of Batman that the other adaptations didn’t explore. Riddler is the villain now which means Batman has a lot of riddles to solve that will add a sense of mystery to the movie and separate it from the other Batman films. This movie will explore what makes Batman the way he is. It’ll enforce the message of why he does what he does and give us the answer of why this troubled man does so much for a broken city that perhaps doesn’t want to be saved, meanwhile he is being poisoned by the toxicity of the environment that he so desperately is trying to save.

I made a survey to ask what people thought and/or expected from this new adaptation. The first question asked, “How do you feel about Robert Pattinson playing Batman?” Many responded with feelings of encouragement with others not being aware of the actor and his notable works.

The following question asked which version of the character was their favorite with Christian Bale winning the cake with 26% and close by him, Adam West with 17.4%.

It seems people are more interested in Zoe Kravitz being Catwoman more than anything else in the film. Matt Reeves is back at directing with this one after directing the Planet of the Apes trilogy. He says that he wanted to make the most emotional Batman movie ever. Taking inspiration from Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One he wanted to focus on what was the thought process of the man behind the bat suit, “One place we haven’t been is grounding it in the way that Year One does, to come right into a young Batman, not being an origin tale, but referring to his origins and shaking him to his core,” Reeves said in the featurette. This encapsulates the whole idea behind grounding Batman.

The film comes out on March 4, 2022.