The first look at Robert Pattinson suited up as the Dark Knight for The Batman got many fans excited for the new take on the classic superhero. However, some have observed similarities between this look and that of a certain other cowled prowler of nocturnal rooftops.
Daredevil kicked off the series of Netflix’s Marvel shows, and was soon joined by Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. For the most part it remained the strongest of the quartet, and many fans were left disappointed when it was cancelled after its third season. The appearance of Pattinson in the video – a wiry built form revealed under tinted red lighting and a stubbled jaw protruding from an otherwise full head covering – has an undeniable resemblance to Charlie Cox in costume as Matt Murdock, and fans have been vocal in expressing their disappointment at the accidental bait and switch.
why the hell batman suit look like daredevil suit pic.twitter.com/3kQEgjNXFW
— Mary (@marvel_fan_only) February 14, 2020
I’m not crazy right?
New Batman Suit Daredevil pic.twitter.com/0oZ2UDy8dt
— Clark Kent 👓 (@itsJustFayaz) February 14, 2020
— Doc Nebuloso (@drnebuloso) February 14, 2020
Me finding out Daredevil Season 4 isn’t coming out, and it’s just The Batman: pic.twitter.com/Dm4b4eR4cY
— 𝒟𝑒𝓋𝑜𝓃. 🧀🦅 (@Trxnzition) February 14, 2020
Dear people still upset about the new Batman.
The suit and cowl is fine.
Yes that foo looked like Daredevil , it's not just cause he's in red light. It's the shape of the cowl.
Robert Pattinson has other roles aside from Twilight. Watch The Lighthouse
He doesn't need to be buff pic.twitter.com/0nWidTOlpF
— Underrated Tweets (@Hey_XKid) February 14, 2020
I saw Daredevil trending and thought my thicc king Matt Murdock is coming back but then realized it's all cause of Robert Pattinson's Batman… pic.twitter.com/zlMh3yNfHb
— Krojacica Sudbine (@MonaLisa_1797) February 14, 2020
Saw Daredevil trending, got excited a 4th season bout to drop. Then I find out it's just the new Batman suit.pic.twitter.com/MgSOeC9ifT
— BubbaBass (@ImDirtyDan_96) February 14, 2020
Batman one-shot hallway fight in Daredevil's honor
— Ariel (@AKARELK) February 13, 2020
Is this Batman or Daredevil on a diet? pic.twitter.com/3AdVdhTfXT
— dts1186 (@dts1186) February 13, 2020
red lighting aesthetic pic.twitter.com/0LmAN084gF
— sophie saw bop 🦑 (@astraIoki) February 14, 2020
If Daredevil could see The Batman right now he would be pissed pic.twitter.com/KrOHg7UDJC
— GOAT Movie Podcast (@GOATfilmpodcast) February 13, 2020
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It was most likely the video’s mood filter that clinched it, dark crimson being the color most closely associated with Daredevil, not only in the design of his outfit, but also in the show’s visual motifs and cinematography. Had Pattinson been lit in any other color, the link may not have been made. The moment most people realized their mistake was likely when the prominent and intricate Bat emblem on Bruce Wayne’s chest came into focus, which itself lead to speculation that it’s fashioned from the gun that killed his parents in symbolism of everything he’s fighting for.
There’s also the roundabout link between the two characters in that Ben Affleck has played them both, suiting up as the World’s Greatest Detective in the DCEU and also as Matt Murdock in the unfairly maligned 2003 take on the Man Without Fear.
While complicated rights issues will keep Daredevil off our TV and cinema screens for quite some time, The Batman seems to be shaping up as something to look forward to, so hopefully the disappointment caused by the former’s lack of reappearance won’t be too long lasting.