The opening trailer for The Batman is more set up than anything else. It established tone, the film’s premise, its central themes, and the neo-noir setting. It introduced the movie’s primary actors, which archetype plays who, at what stage Bruce Wayne is in his life when we first meet him, and what kind of Batman we’re dealing with. Matt Reeves’s crime drama is a morality play about a vindictive young man using brute force to combat injustice. His deep-seated vendetta against Gotham’s criminal underworld feels puerile and unrestrained, and betrays the mindset of a hot-blooded youth whose only coping mechanism is to destroy. This more impulsive Bruce Wayne attracts the ire of Paul Dano’s The Riddler, who accuses Robert Pattinson’s Batman of blindly enforcing peace and order at the cost of truth and transparency. Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot provide triangulation while Jeffrey Wright’s Commissioner Gordon and Andy Serkis’s Alfred Pennyworth serve as struggling mentors.
Everyone’s initial character traits are laid bare before the audience in the trailer; unfortunately, design ended up taking a back seat. With the exception of Batman himself — which offered viewers a good minute or so of raw footage — the main characters are only flashed on screen once or twice and for no more than a few seconds. The trailer did Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman the dirtiest, however, showing Bruce Wayne’s greatest love in nothing more than a flimsy homemade suit with a loose balaclava that only barely conceals her true identity. Now, We Got This Covered has brought us more information about Catwoman’s suit. The same source that leaked Ben Affleck’s return in The Flash claims Selina Kyle will be outfitted with two suits in The Batman: the one shown in the trailer, and a more advanced stealth suit for the rest of the film.
We Got This Covered’s Scott Campbell suggests Zoe Kravitz’s black leotard will receive that much-needed upgrade courtesy of the Dark Knight himself, but it’s difficult to prove anything with only two and a half minutes’ worth of footage. Though it’s certainly plausible; in this film, Bruce Wayne is seen putting together his own costume. The film may conclude on a bittersweet note with Batman pulling away from Catwoman — on the grounds of being on opposite sides of the justice system — with the new suit as a parting gift. After all, this soft reboot of Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader is an origin story for every character in the film, including Selina Kyle. Just as Robert Pattinson’s Batsuit comes across as handcrafted from random metals, Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman costume is permitted to feel homespun, at least in the first few years of her raiding jewelry stores and playing dress-up.
Warner Bros. recently shared a behind-the-scenes promo clip from The Batman, featuring entirely new footage. Matt Reeves and Zoe Kravitz were briefly interviewed. The clip gave DC fans a sneak preview of the crew’s take on the World Greatest Detective’s most recognizable rogues and what they plan to achieve by depicting these characters in a (sort of) medias res.
Catwoman was the focus of these interviews; we see Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle without the mask on and from the trimmed haircut to the sharp features, it is every bit as comics-accurate as we’ve ever seen the character in film. “The villains are often some of the most, if not THE MOST, exciting part of the movies,” Reeves enthusiastically explains. “The rogues’ gallery is incredible. And what I wanted to do was I wanted to see a Batman that was not an origin tale, but was sort of in his early days, but that meant that a lot of the characters who are the rogues gallery of characters are in their origins in a way. And so we have a Selina Kyle who’s not yet Catwoman.” That’s right. Selina may not even be known as Catwoman in The Batman, perhaps not until the end of the movie.
Not only does The Batman hope to tell Catwoman’s origin story, but it also intends to portray the fickle cat burglar as a hero at first, crossing paths with Bruce Wayne as a hero in her own right, only to develop a cynical attitude to crimefighting toward the film’s conclusion. She remains as morally pliant as always, her methods as questionable as ever, but this time with inherently good intentions. Zoe Kravitz elaborates further: “Selina can take care of herself. She’s incredibly tough. She really wants to fight for those who don’t have someone else to fight for them, and I think that’s where Batman and she really connect.” Producer Dylan Clark adds: “What’s most interesting about Selina Kyle is that she represents the savior for the ill-treated, the forgotten, the people that have not had anybody looking after them. She’s also very complicated. You don’t quite know exactly where her loyalty or her allegiances lie.” The Batman comes out in theaters on March 4, 2022 and is written by Matt Reeves and Peter Craig, with Reeves directing.