With not a whole lot of the film actually shot yet when the coronavirus shut things down early on, the trailer gives us a remarkably immersive look at the world that Reeves is creating, with quick glimpses of Catwoman, Gordon, and, of course, Batman himself, who at one point appears to have some serious anger management issues.
"I am vengeance," says the Dark Knight late in the trailer, as he confronts an eerie-looking gang who are garbed in white facepaint. The Caped Crusader then proceeds to beat the living tar out of their leader, attacking him with a ferocity that is admittedly shocking.
Batman appears to be investigating a series of grisly murders meant to send a message directly to him. Seems like The Riddler's (Paul Dano) handiwork, but the film is peppered with more of Batman's famous rogues, including the Penguin (Colin Farrell).
"The murders begin to describe sort of a history of Gotham in a way that reinforces what he knows about Gotham, but it opens up a whole new world of corruption that goes much farther," Reeves said during a FanDome panel hosted by Aisha Tyler.
There's no question that this is a very dark version of the Batman canon, set in a Gotham that is more of a shadowy, noirish hellscape rather than the Gothic labyrinth of the Tim Burton movies or the modern metropolis of the Christopher Nolan trilogy.
This cinematic look at Batman's early crime-fighting career co-stars an incredibly talented supporting cast that also includes Andy Serkis ("Alfred Pennyworth"), Jeffrey Wright ("Commissioner Gordon"), John Turturro ("Carmine Falcone"), Zoë Kravitz ("Catwoman"), Peter Sarsgaard ("Gotham DA Gil Colson"), and Jayme Lawson (Gotham mayoral hopeful "Bella Reál").
Written by Reeves and Mattson Tomlin, The Batman swoops into theaters Oct. 1, 2021. The production is looking to pick back up in the U.K. next month. For our in-depth breakdown of the trailer, click here.