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Zoë Kravitz's Catwoman takes center stage in the latest trailer for Matt Reeves' upcoming DC reboot, The Batman. Unlike previous footage, this third trailer — aptly titled "The Bat and the Cat" — holds the promise of Selina Kyle being much more than a periphery character. In fact, it looks like she and Batman (Robert Pattinson) will forge a strong vigilante partnership in order to take down a psychotic serial killer who loves to leave behind puzzles: the Riddler (Paul Dano). Colin Farrell's Penguin, on the other hand, is still lurking in the backdrop, which isn't surprising since we already knew his screen time would be limited.
Oh, and loyal butler Alfred (Andy Serkis) has been keeping a terrible secret from Master Wayne all these years. "It's got to the point where they almost no longer talk," Serkis told Empire Magazine. "If they bump into each other in the corridor, it's a very icy and painful greeting. They almost live in separate worlds." Could the Riddler — who seems to know the Dark Knight's true identity — somehow be connected to the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne? We'll know for sure in early March!
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This trailer also underscore Reeves' jaded approach to the character. Gone is the charming billionaire playboy of the Nolan era; Bruce is a soft-spoken recluse who projects a reputation of of apathy to the citizens of Gotham. Little do they know that he's out in the streets every night, attempting to clean up crime as the Caped Crusader. Even as a good-intentioned superhero, though, he faces backlash from the city's finest, with the sole exception of an up-and-coming Jim Gordon (Jeffrey Wright).
"He's ... got that Kurt Cobain thing, where he looks like a rock star, but you also feel like he could be a recluse," Reeves explained to Empire while on the topic of his unique vision for Wayne. "When I write, I listen to music and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana's 'Something In The Way.' That's when it came to me that, rather than make Bruce Wayne the playboy version we've seen before, there's another version who had gone through a great tragedy and become a recluse ... The idea of this fictionalized version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor."
John Turturro (Carmine Falcone), Peter Sarsgaard (Gotham DA, Gil Colson), and Jayme Lawson, (Gotham mayoral hopeful, Bella Reál) round out the principal cast. It is also rumored that Eternals star Barry Keoghan will appear as the Joker.
According to The Hollywood Reporter's most recent Heat Vision newsletter, Warner Bros. has officially concluded early audience test screenings with two different edits of the movie. The main difference between the pair is the presence of "a certain actor," though it is not confirmed at this time which version the studio will release into theaters.
The Batman arrives in theaters everywhere on March 4, 2022. Appearing on a recent episode of the Recode Media podcast, current WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar revealed that the movie will only run exclusively on the big screen for a period of 46 days before making its way to HBO Max toward the end of April. That isn't just the case for The Batman, either.
"Think about when movies would show up on HBO Max or HBO eight to nine months after [their] theatrical premiere. The Batman's gonna show up on Day 46 on HBO Max. That is a huge change from where things were in 2018, 2017, 2016," he said. "I feel really, really good knowing that The Batman and Black Adam and The Flash and Elvis — and a whole host of other movies — are literally gonna be showing up on Day 46 on HBO Max in a variety of territories all over the world. That is a very, very big change that I don't think people appreciate and I feel really good about it."