The Batman TV spot teases one of The Riddler’s deadly traps. Paul Dano plays the famed riddling Batman villain opposite Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader in the upcoming dark and gritty superhero movie.
Previous Batman movies have of course focused on the idea of Bruce Wayne living a double life as a suave playboy and an urban vigilante protecting the mean streets of Gotham City from criminals. But in actuality, there was traditionally a big detective story element to classic Batman stories, giving them more of a cerebral edge than has been depicted in a lot of the films. Matt Reeves now means to bring back the idea of Batman as a detective with his standalone film The Batman, an angle that has been emphasized in the movie’s marketing by teasing the cat-and-mouse nature of Batman’s battle with the movie’s main villain The Riddler.
The newest The Batman TV spot indeed picks up the thread of Batman the ace detective while teasing another one of The Riddler’s deadly traps. See the clip in the space below (via Binge Watch This):
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Audiences already got a good look at one of The Riddler’s games when Reeves himself recently shared an entire scene showing the bad guy quite literally crashing a funeral, apparently in a desperate bid to gain Batman’s attention. The new clip adds to the intrigue around The Riddler with a brief early shot showing police detectives dusting for fingerprints in what is clearly the villain’s room, given the taped-up torso with a bomb padlocked to its neck. Of course it’s already been revealed that this version of The Riddler was inspired by the Zodiac Killer, so it should be no surprise to see him living in a place cluttered with dismantled electronic devices, dynamite and other indicators that he is clearly up to no good (along with other random clutter like what appears to be an old overhead projector and in the background a bag of onions).
Indeed the DIY quality of The Riddler’s traps is in keeping with the entire movie’s aesthetic. The Riddler loves his duct tape, while Batman appears to have stitched together his suit at home using some scraps and a sewing machine. Movies like The Dark Knight of course presented a sleeker and more tech-savvy version of Batman, while villains like The Joker presented as the chaotically thrown-together ones. But in The Batman it’s clear that Bruce Wayne, for all his riches, is more on the level of the story’s villains in terms of how he goes about his superhero business. It will be interesting to see how this jerry-built aesthetic works for The Batman as Reeves leads the superhero series into a new and very dark future.
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Source: Warner Brothers (via Binge Watch This/YouTube)
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