To say DC FanDome was a hit with fans would be a mild assessment. As millions of DC fans tuned in from around the world to see the virtual event Saturday, they were treated to new footage from several highly anticipated projects.
Warner Bros officially got the PR machine underway for Wonder Woman: 1984 by premiering a second and probably final trailer. James Gunn revealed the cast, footage and new poster for The Suicide Squad. WB Games Montreal’s Gotham Knights. Director Andy Muschietti and Ezra Miller talked briefly about The Flash and revealed concept art for the costume. And now, we were treated to the first trailer for the four-hour Justice League, AKA the “Snyder Cut,” making its debut on HBO Max next year.
Finally, we got a look at maybe the most anticipated project, Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which we have covered here at Reel 360.
During the film’s panel, director and co-writer Matt Reeves discussed what fans can expect from the film slated for October 2021. The film takes place in Batman’s second and year and according to Reeves, “he’s trying to figure out what he can do to change this place…he is not having any of the effect he wants to have yet.”
Reeves confirmed that Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz) is not Catwoman at this point, while “Oz” Cobblepot (a barely recognizable Colin Farrell) being called Penguin. Reeves also shared that Chinatown and Taxi Driver were among his inspirations. From the looks of the trailer, which also has a feel of Se7en and Zodiac this is a whole new and brutal take on The Dark Knight. Watch below:
During the panel, Reeves was asked which specific DC comic books influenced his take on The Batman. It had been assumed, Reeves was adapting the harrowing The Long Halloween. The director referenced Darwyn Cooke’s Batman: Ego as his inspiration.
“I wanted to get into the mindset of the character, and I wanted to think of the psychology,” he noted. “For me, I think one of the cool deep dive ones was Ego. He’s confronting the beast that is Batman and it’s that kind of duality. There’s a lot in what it’s trying to do in the story about him confronting the shadow side of himself and the degree to which you have self knowledge.”
“You’re able to understand his motivations, but Batman [is broken] and why he’s doing all of these things for the reasons that he thinks is right and that have a heroic sort of grounding in them,” Reeves continued. “There’s also many things that are driven by the parts of himself he doesn’t yet know, and so I would say that that kind of sort of psychological union, that sort of version is very much connected to the vision from Darwyn Cooke’s Ego.”
Starring alongside Pattinson as Gotham’s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (the “Hunger Games” films) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Black Mass”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Dumbo”) as Oswald Cobblepot.
SOURCE: Warner Bros