When shooting kicked off on January 28, it became official - The Batman, helmed by director Matt Reeves is finally underway as the seventh or 58th, depending on who youâre asking, reboot of the legendary comic book superhero.
The director surprised us this morning with a trend that was introduced by Todd Philips during the Joker shooting - revealing Robert Pattinson in the Batsuit with a thematic first-look, camera test video.February 13, 2020
The video, scored by MCU and Disney Pixar composer Michael Giacchino, shows Pattinson in rather ominous red lighting, with a closeup of the chestpiece and cowl of his suit. Not much can be gleaned in terms of details, but it seems that the bat logo on his chest conceals equipment of some sort, while the cowl seems a bit rougher and not quite as perfectly molded as what weâve seen with Christian Bale or Ben Affleckâs look.
Pattinsonâs smaller frame also makes for a surprisingly more delicate-looking Batman, although we should remember that this is just a camera test and not indicative of his final appearance. A few fans have also speculated that the unusual bat-logo may be forged from the gun that killed Bruce Wayneâs parents - an interesting spin on the characterâs message and psychology.
Regardless, fans were immediately divided on the look. Several fans were dismayed with what they considered to be a âdowngradeâ in Batmanâs appearance:
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Meanwhile, the other side of the fanbase responded with their own points of view:
The suit is incredible. ð¦ pic.twitter.com/7KSqDIrIUrâ patrick tomasso (@imPatrickT) February 13, 2020
The textures. The stitches. It's amateur, it's handmade. It's just past the beginning of the Bat. It's so beautiful. I can't even imagine how the suit is going to damage/evolve through the course of the movies. pic.twitter.com/qVBJgPkk0jâ Nic ð» (@NicPolcaro) February 13, 2020
Another set of fans raised eyebrows at the video itself - drawing comparisons to DCâs hit web series, Daredevil:
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Since weâre down with just about half a month of shooting, Iâd hold on to my batarang if I were you. My two cents - since this film happens to be set in the second year of Bruce Wayneâs career as Batman, it stands to reason that the tech and equipment heâd have are lacking in the finesse/styling you can see in Ben Affleckâs films - where weâre shown a much older, grizzled version of the caped crusader.
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Caption: Itâs speculated that the film will heavily draw inspiration from the âYear Oneâ comic run, which shows us Batman in his earliest, weakest persona - stumbling while catching petty thieves, wearing nothing protective in his suit materials, using no fancy gadgets and plenty of emotional trauma to weave through.
Thereâs also another important question raised by this Twitter user - what about the voice?
Yâall going on and on about the suit, but what I really want to know is what is Pattinsonâs Batman voice going to sound like?â ððððð-ð ðððððð ðððððððððð (@unique_jenique) February 14, 2020
While weâll probably have to wait for a trailer to hear the final version Reeves and Pattinson settle on, itâs worth noting that in his 2012 film Cosmopolis - where Pattinson plays a jaded, psychologically washed-up millionaire - thereâs some serious potential for a young Bruce Wayne.
Take a listen.
What do you think, is Pattinson convincing? Tell us in the comments if you agree, and tell us who you think would be better, if you donât.