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The Batman is a month away from hitting the big screen, which means tickets are just about ready to leave the Batcave. Posting on his Twitter account, director and co-writer Matt Reeves confirmed that fans can start reserving seats next Thursday (Feb. 10). As an added bonus, the filmmaker shared a first look clip from the movie itself. "Many of you may have seen this scene from The Batman floating around online," he wrote, "so I decided to put it on my Vimeo in 4K."
The footage begins with Bella Reál (Jayme Lawson) attempting to sway Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) into supporting her run for mayor of Gotham City. Bruce, reluctantly fulfilling his duties as a public persona, doesn't seem all that interested. After all, he's there to pay respects to a grieving young boy who clearly reminds him of another orphan. His attention is then hijacked by Jim Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) who informs the chief of police that DA Gil Coulson (Peter Sarsgaard) is missing. There isn't much time to process anything when a car drives straight into the church. What follows is pure Fincher-ian dread.
Well, at least we know where Mr. Colson is now. The only question is will the bomb be disarmed in time before it goes kablooey and turns the district attorney into a steaming pile of viscera? During a recent interview with MovieMaker Magazine, Reeves explained that Dano's cunning and ruthless antagonist wants to expose the political corruption that runs deep in the city's veins.
“The premise of the movie is that the Riddler is kind of molded in an almost Zodiac Killer sort of mode, and is killing very prominent figures in Gotham, and they are the pillars of society," he said. "These are supposedly legitimate figures. It begins with the mayor, and then it escalates from there. And in the wake of the murders, he reveals the ways in which these people were not everything they said they were, and you start to realize there’s some kind of association."
Clocking in at 2 hours and 55 minutes with credits, the movie is set to be the longest Batman project ever made and the second-longest comic book adaptation ever to be released into theaters (Avengers: Endgame still holds the top honor).
Written by Reeves and Peter Craig, The Batman arrives in theaters everywhere Friday, March 4.