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WATCH: Robert Pattinson’s ‘The Batman’ faces the Riddler in new trailer

WATCH: Robert Pattinson’s ‘The Batman’ faces the Riddler in new trailer

COMING SOON. Robert Pattinson is the newest 'Batman.'

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'The Batman' is set to premiere in March 2022

The Batman is back with a vengeance in the newest trailer released on Sunday, October 17. 

The two-and-a-half minute clip opens with the arrest of the Riddler (played by Paul Dano), whose face was hidden throughout the trailer but his unmistakable sign of a question mark gave him away. It continues with a vicious Robert Pattinson as Batman as he attacks his enemies while attempting to solve a case around the mysterious clues left behind by the Riddler. 

Set in the early years of billionaire Bruce Wayne as the masked vigilante superhero, the trailer also provides a more extensive first look on central characters – Catwoman/Selina Kyle (played by Zöe Kravitz) and Penguin (played by Colin Farrell).

During DC’s FanDome virtual convention, Pattinson said that this version of Batman “doesn’t have as much as control over his personality.” “He hasn’t completely defined what Batman is, but he gets lost in it. Whenever he’s putting it on every night, he’s not sleeping, and he’s becoming this quite sort of odd creature,” he was quoted as saying in CNET. 

Director Matt Reeves also earlier told  The Verge that the characters, although familiar to generations of viewers, aren’t quite their iconic characters just yet. In the film, villains like the Riddler and the Penguin are still in the early stages of their criminal careers and Selina Kyle hasn’t fully become Catwoman just yet.

The Batman also stars Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sasgaard as Gotham D.A. Gil Coson, Barry Keoghan as officer Stanley Merkel, and Andy Serkis as faithful butler Alfred. 

The last major appearance of Batman in a superhero film was 2017’s Justice League, which starred Ben Affleck in the role. Affleck was originally lined up to reprise the role in a solo film, but this did not materialize. He stepped down from the role in early 2019, as the project was retooled to focus on a younger Bruce Wayne. Pattinson was cast in May of the same year, with production beginning in January 2020 before it closed down in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

Initially set for an October 2021 release, The Batman has faced several production delays because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In September, 2020 production for The Batman was temporarily suspended after lead star Pattinson tested positive for the virus. 

The Batman is now set to premiere in March 2022.Rappler.com