In the last few days (or weeks), there have been an awful lot of news and rumors around the new The Batman movie by Matt Reeves, starring Robert Pattinson. Either it’s about Pattinson sharing his experience with the Batsuit, asking for advice from one of his seniors – Christian Bale, or rumors about villains’ casting. But the piece that actually grabbed my attention is where they gave us a plot prediction regarding a rumor and the director’s interview back in January. In short, here’s what the rumor says:
The Batman will explore a detective case – when people start dying in strange ways Batman must go deep into the dark world of Gotham to find clues and solve the mystery/conspiracy connected to Gotham City’s history and criminals.
In the film all of Batman Rogues Gallery are already out there and active similar to the comics and animated shows/movies. The film will have multiple villains as they are all suspects.
So, assuming the rumor is true, what can we expect of the final product?
From what I think, this idea have a lot of things done right, but there are also possible risks that the filmmakers should pay attention to.
The first thing we can see is that this new movie will have a high chance to skip Batman’s origin story, ya know the “my parents was shot in an alley” part, and jump straight to him being Batman for a while with his established Rogue Gallery. I’m not saying that part sucks, quite the contrary, to me Bruce Wayne’s origin is one of the most crucial catalysts in his journey to become the Batman. But after a huge amount of adaptations of Batman on both big and small screens, I believe it’s safe to say that us viewers are ready to move on from it, and so does Bruce.
Take the latest portrayal of Spider-Man for example. Do we know about uncle Ben’s famous quote “With great power, comes great responsibility”? Yes. Do we need to hear him say that for the 3rd time? Not really. Instead, we heard Peter’s own understanding of that phrase when he talked to Tony in Civil War. That approach is actually quite nicely done, because it showed us that even though Peter is already swinging around the neighbourhood helping people, his uncle’s words still resonates with him to a large extent. Same goes for Bruce. I’m not against they bringing up his parents’ deaths, just that it would be better if they can execute it in a subtle way and not letting it take much screen time.
Secondly, Reeves’ idea of bringing a new sway around Batman’s journey to become the world’s greatest detective is as good as it is creatively. Take Nolan’s trilogy for example. I love it, and I would not change a thing about it. Well actually… maybe the fight scenes could be better choreographed, ’cause all the punching and kicking looked like ballet to me. Jokes aside, we can see that the detective factor was not the primary focus of all Nolan’s 3 films. Same goes for other Batman interpretation, such as Clooney’s, Keaton’s, or Affleck’s. The detective bits are always there, just that we can’t really see them reading criminal files, or interrogating some third rate douches to find the main villain in the shadow, struggling in their heads. That’s why Reeve’s idea, if done right, will make his Batman live up to the name World’s Greatest Detective.
Reading this plot leak gives me a very quick glimpse of what the film might be like, and I think that you guys feel the same way. I can vision a crime-detective genre movie with a dark and grim main theme where Batman go around Gotham screaming and banging villains’ heads to walls. Nothing wrong with it, really. But hey, does that sounds a little familiar to you? Hmm… Isn’t that dark feel already used in Nolan’s and DCEU’s version.
No offence Mr. Clooney. Seriously, I know that Batman is dark from his suit to his spirit animal, but can’t we have something new in this interpretation of him? Sure, be dark, be grim, be sexy with your grunts and low Bat-voice, I don’t care. But if that is what’s gonna happen with The Batman, how can the viewers look at Reeves’ version for its originality and not a somewhat copycat of the successful Nolan’s trilogy?
As I have always been with every unreleased movies, I have my doubts and prediction, but I never judge any products before watching it myself. But as someone who have a special interest when it comes to superhero sci-fi, I don’t want to see a version of Batman that desperately tries to copy Nolan’s successful trilogy because WB failed in their attempt with DCEU’s Batman. My dear reader, what do you think after reading my blog?