Robert Pattinson is set to hit the big screen as the tenth person to don the Caped Crusader’s recognizable garb when The Batman arrives in theaters on March 4, 2022. A new synopsis (H/T, The Direct), released by Warner Brothers, hints toward the film’s dark, neo-noir tones and provides a glimpse of what viewers can expect from Pattinson’s take on the Dark Knight.
The synopsis hints toward a more nuanced portrayal of Bruce Wayne’s struggles with his double life, noting the character’s issues with “balance[ing] rage with righteousness” as he works to rid Gotham’s streets of the ne’er-do-wells that have taken over the fictional city. Previous iterations of Batman have seen the character portrayed in a variety of ways, from Adam West’s far goofier, campy take during his run as Batman in the 1960s, to Michael Keaton’s character-defining portrayal in the late 1980s.
Recent iterations of Batman have leaned into a far grittier vibe, with Christian Bale’s version of the character portraying a far more edgy version of the anti-hero. The upcoming Batman flick seems to be following along this trend, with the synopsis hinting toward Pattinson’s “raw, intense” performance as Wayne, whom it describes as a “desperate vigilante awakened by the realization that the anger consuming him makes him no better than the ruthless serial killer he’s hunting.”
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The film’s two trailers already indicated that the film would present a far more menacing take on the popular hero. In the first trailer, which was released last year, Batman is seen viciously beating a man who stands against him. While this is in no way uncommon for the character, it is rarely displayed in such a graphic manner. In the film’s second trailer, which was released a few weeks ago, a similarly ominous version of the Caped Crusader is presented. The film also appears to follow the cues of its recent predecessors by leaning into full-blown terrorism among its villains, rather than simple kidnappings and threatening notes.
The synopsis from Warner Brothers seems to back up the hints dropped in trailers, hyping fans up for a far darker and more gritty version of Batman in the 2022 film.