Could this be the most terrifying version of the Riddler yet?
It has been a long time since I have written anything about one of my favorite hobbies and I am extremely excited!
When the news broke that Robert Patterison was playing Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Matt Reeves movie, I was fully on board with it. While not a huge fan of the Twilight Series, I didn’t mind those movies and everything I had heard since then has pointed towards Robert working really hard to prove himself as an actor. His performance in The Lighthouse last year with William Dafoe was mesmerizing to watch and they really played off each other well.
However, I did have one little itch about the casting. While I am completely on board with him playing Bruce Wayne, I can’t seem to snuff the idea that he would have been a PERFECT Terry McGinnis in a Batman Beyond film. Even while I am writing this review, I wonder how things might have played out if things with Ben Affleck would have played out differently and Matt Reeves while still wanting to do a Batman film, was nudge towards that concept instead.
Unfortunately, I’m not willing to travel to a different earth or cause a paradox in this one to find out. So I will just be extremely happy with what we have.
And I think we have something really special here.
I want to begin with DC has some nerve making this trailer black and red. (Batman Beyond colors >_<!) but the stretching of tape in time with the logos and opening to our new Riddler certainly got my attention.
Can we take a second to admire this more menacing take on the Riddler? Still in his trademark green but several shades darker with what looks to be a gas mask and worker coat, preparing to tape up his victim to leave as a clue with a riddle for Batman. I’ve gotten so used to the comedic more playful versions of the Riddler (with Jim Carrey still plaguing my memory) that this stark contrast is refreshing. Especially considering that Batman’s rogue gallery is arguably the best cast of villains in comics… period. To me, this aligns a lot better with villains like Joker and Two Face.
The first thing that hits me when the trailer starts is the music which hooks you in immediately and sets the tone and mood for what is unfolding before your eyes. DC has really been hitting it out of the part with their music selection in trailers and this rendition of Something In The Way by Nirvana is haunting! It gives me the chills just listening to it and the emotions that follows envelops you like a unwanted blanket. Something that you didn’t know you wanted but once around your shoulders, you nestle in it and appreciate it. More into that a little later.
Jeffrey Wright falls right into stride as Detective James Gordon and having him read the riddle out loud off the card that is a nod to Batman’s The Long Halloween which we know the movie is based on only adds to the building tension and suspense. I love how they set up this trailer in the beginning. It says so much. The police and Batman obvious has some sort of relationship which appears to be on good standing and it makes me question how did they get there? What are some of the problems they faced to get to where they are now? SO MANY QUESTIONS!
We can tell by the monologue that Batman is starting to gain some notoriety within Gotham and it appears as if the Riddler wants point Batman’s attention to the corruption that plagues Gotham and not just the criminals and obvious bad guys and I love this concept because it doesn’t necessarily paints the Riddler as a one dimensional villain here. This gives us depth and layers to work with and I always feel like people who turn to heinous acts in order to do something good always make better villains because in some ways, we can relate to them.
“If you are justice, please do not lie…
“What is the price for your blind eye?”God I love this these lines!
This provides a compelling question Bruce in which we will get to explore in the movie. I love how they cut trailer to seemingly answer that question with “I am vengeance.” And I REALLY want him to finish it! “I am vengeance, I am the night, I am Batman!” I know, it is wishful thinking but a guy can dream. Don’t take that away from me.
And can we take another moment and applaud Robert and the crew for allowing him to just speak!? It is natural and sounds right! Yes!
I am so anxious to see the relationship between Bruce and Selina / Batman and Catwoman. I won’t lie and say that I don’t want their chemistry to bleed from the screen because everyone knows that the two of them has one of most dynamic and intriguing relationships in comics. I wish we could see her entire costume but from what we can see, Zoe looks amazing and appears she is ready to throw hands with Bruce.
I think the trailer was awesome and it should quell any naysayers about Robert Pattinson and the movie as a whole. In some ways, this movie seems more grounded and realistic than Christopher Nolan’s take on the caped crusader and I am curious to see how we compare the two next year. But my excitement has peaked and I seriously upset that we have to wait an ENTIRE year for the movie to come out. It will be interesting to see how they keep the hype train going. Warner Bros has a horrible habit of revealing too much in their trailers and I am crossing my fingers that they don’t do that here.
So if anyone from the Warner Bros came just so happen to stumble upon this humble reaction to the trailer… DON’T SPOIL THE MOVIE and GIVE AWAY TOO MUCH! We like suspense! We like to speculate! Find the balance!
It would have appeared that Warner Bros and DC has finally stopped trying to chase and catch up with Disney and Marvel, branching off to do their own thing and I think there are on to something.
As always, I cannot express to you enough how much I appreciate you guys taking the time to swing by here and read my blog. It means the world to me and I thank you from the very core my heart. What did you think of the trailer? Are you excited? Do you feel like DC has too much going on with the potential of Three different Batmans being realized on the big screen in this movie, the Flash movie, and the possibility of Ben Affleck’s return to the shared cinematic universe? I would love to talk about it in the comments.
Until the next post?