The big day is finally here! On March 2, The Batman will land on French screens, to the delight of DC superhero fans. Before the release, we tell you everything about this new version of the Dark Knight camped by Robert Pattinson.
Expected like the messiah by aficionados of the DC hero, The Batman finally hits theaters on March 2! Before you rush to the cinema to discover Robert Pattinson’s performance as Gotham’s new vigilante, here’s everything you need to know about the film.
Batman in the cinema is a story that has lasted since the 1960s. From the very kitsch adaptation with Adam West to the dark version of Tim Burton passing by the very urban Dark Knight of Christopher Nolan, the superhero has known many many transformations.
The latest in the cinema, that of Ben Affleck, only moderately convinced, jeopardizing the future of the Batman on the big screen. It was without counting on the selflessness of Matt Reeves, who took the reins of the franchise to offer a more brutal, dark and realistic version.
WHO IS MATT REEVES?
Matthew George Reeves is a 55-year-old American filmmaker. He made a name for himself by creating the Felicity series in 1996 with a certain JJ Abrams. In 2000, the artist signed the screenplay for The Yards by James Gray, making a name for himself in the world of cinema.
The director exploded in the eyes of the general public in 2008 with his first feature film, Cloverfield, produced by his friend JJ Abrams. In this disaster film, we follow a group of people fleeing a gigantic monster that is ravaging New York City.
Very noticed, this work allows him to put both feet in the Hollywood industry. Thus, after directing the horror film Let Me In in 2010, he took charge of the saga The Planet of the Apes saga. Showdown and Supremacy smash at the box office, making Matt Reeves one of Hollywood’s most prominent filmmakers.
Thanks to this, the filmmaker is entrusted with the production of The Batman, a new blockbuster around the Dark Knight of Gotham.
WHO IS IT WITH?
After being announced for the staging of the feature film, Reeves began to look for the perfect interpreter to embody his vision of the superhero. The filmmaker wanted to rejuvenate the character, considering Nicholas Hoult, Daniel Radcliffe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Armie Hammer as the vigilante.
Finally, on May 31, 2019, the announcement falls. It is Robert Pattinson who will slip under the cape of Batman. He will be joined by Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler and the unrecognizable Colin Farrell as Penguin. Jeffrey Wright will play Lieutenant (not yet commissioner) Gordon.
Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler, will be played by Andy Serkis, Mr. Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. John Turturro will play the mobster Carmine Falcone, the cornerstone of this new story around the Dark Knight.
WHAT DOES IT TALK ABOUT ?
When the story begins, Bruce Wayne has already been walking the streets of Gotham as Batman for two years. Instilling fear in criminals has led the vigilante into the heart of the city’s darkness. With only a few trusted allies – Alfred Pennyworth, Lt. James Gordon – among the city’s corrupt network of officials and figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of revenge among his fellow citizens.
When a killer preys on Gotham’s elite through a series of sadistic schemes, a trail of cryptic clues sends the world’s greatest detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters characters such as Selina Kyle. , aka Catwoman, Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, Carmine Falcone and Edward Nashton, aka the Riddler.
As the evidence mounts and the scope of the culprit’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and restore some semblance of justice amid the abuse of power and corruption plaguing Gotham City. since a long time.
DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE SEEN THE OTHER BATMAN FILMS?
To understand Matt Reeves’ film, you don’t need to know the story of the Dark Knight inside out or to have seen the other feature films in the saga. The work works like Joker, it is self-sufficient.
Thus, The Batman is not connected to other DC movies at all and can be seen by the general public without any problem. The director has emphasized the detective aspect of Batman, having him play a central role in the investigation to catch the Riddler, who is murdering one by one of the high dignitaries of Gotham.
However, for fans of the comics, Matt Reeves revealed that he was inspired by famous comics featuring the Dark Knight, such as Year One, Ego Where A Long Halloween.
“Year One was pivotal in my exploration of comic books. Because there’s really something about the tone and the way that Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli found to make Batman a down-to-earth character that we then felt realistic and believable.
It wasn’t like a lot of those superhero stories that we find fancy, with characters in costume. And I wanted to focus on the fact that someone could really do that.
A long Halloween was very important for the creation of The Batman, because it is based on a long investigation around a series of murders. And I really wanted to have a detective story.
In classic film noir, it’s common for the main character to seek to solve a crime that somehow ends up involving him emotionally. But I realized that A Long Halloween had a great version of this pattern”, clarified Matt Reeves to our microphone.
AN AGE RESTRICTION FOR THE FILM IN THEATERS?
In the United States, the film has been rated PG-13 (Parental consent recommended, film not recommended for children under 13). The question then arose for France. Was the superheroic feature film going to receive an age restriction because of its potential violence, seen in particular in the trailers?
Ultimately, the Film Classification Board did not issue an age ban for the film. He was classified “All audiences with warning.” “The general climate of the film, as well as certain scenes of violence, are likely to offend a sensitive audience”said the organization.
The Batman hits theaters on March 2.