The Batman trailer stuns with I am vengeance sequence which offers a nod to die-hard fans of the character. Let’s trace it back and consider why it’s a good sign.
Few characters are quite so beloved as Batman, the caped crusader armed with gadgets and an intriguing moral code.
There has long been debate regarding which actor portrayed the vigilante best, with Christian Bale often cited as the popular choice.
From Michael Keaton to Ben Affleck, a number of actors have brought their own flavour to the part. It’s always divisive when a new actor is selected to take up the mantle, but arguably none have been so polarising as Robert Pattinson.
The 34-year-old actor has delivered incredible performances in the likes of The Lighthouse and Good Time in recent years, yet some simply refuse to forget his recurring role in the Twilight franchise.
However, his detractors were conflicted when the DC FanDome teaser dropped for The Batman and teased a younger vision of Bruce Wayne and his iconic alter ego…
The Batman: I am Vengeance
When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released, many were quick to declare that they’d rather have had a stand-alone Batman film.
Prayers were answered down the line when it was announced that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) would be helming a new project and introducing us to a new version of the character.
There has been scepticism ever since but the recently unveiled trailer has convinced majority audiences that we’re in for something truly special when the film hits screens in 2021.
The footage teases a grittier approach to the character and foreshadows the arrival of The Riddler, an essentially unrecognisable Colin Farrell as The Penguin and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman.
Nevertheless, it’s Robert Pattinson’s Batman which inevitably stole the spotlight, with one moment, in particular, sending shockwaves across the internet.
“Who the hell are you supposed to be?” asks a thug, masked in make-up. In response, Batman viciously beats him down, gazes up at the others and speaks: “I’m vengeance”.
Lots have already expressed that it’s their favourite moment in the trailer, despite there being so much to take in.
For hardcore fans there’s another reason why the line resonates so much, so let’s dive into it….
Quote is the perfect nod to fans
As noted by Inverse, the line is a nod to one of the character’s most iconic moments which featured in Batman: The Animated Series.
Voiced by Kevin Conroy, the ‘Nothing to Fear’ scene [see below] sees the caped crusader face off against Scarecrow and the master manipulator conjures a vision of Bruce’s parents accusing him of being a failure.
Using all of his strength, he refuses these lies and expresses: “No! You are not my father. I am not a disgrace. I am vengeance! I am the night! I am Batman!”
Since then it has become one of the character’s most important catchphrases and it’s wonderful to see that the new trailer exhibits respect for the beloved animated series.
The inclusion of the quote almost serves as a reassurance to fans that the highly anticipated project is in the hands of those with a wider respect for the work which precedes it.
It also suggests that we can expect other nods to the character’s very rich history, both on screen and in print.
Also, was he facing off against Joker thugs? We can’t wait for more clarity!
Fans react to The Batman teaser on Twitter
Honestly, it’s hard to imagine a warmer and more excited reaction to a new vision for Batman than this.
Many were jaded after 2017’s Justice League but this new footage has clearly twisted the arms of those who earlier felt that they’d checked out.
It has been wholeheartedly embraced on Twitter and The Batman has arguably become the most anticipated film on the radar of cinemagoers.
Check out a selection of tweets:
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