If you’re in a relationship or single as fuck, it can’t be denied Matt Reeves has given us the greatest Valentine’s present by giving us the first-ever look at Robert Pattinson as The Batman.
Posting the video (randomly on Vimeo) late last night (Thursday 13th February), the filmmaker posted a link to test footage revealing the brand new and simply fucking incredible batsuit.
It’s amazing to think whatever you say or whatever Kevin Feige does to make Marvel characters incredibly popular they will never get to the heights of Batman. A little bit of camera testing will blow the internet up.
Now let’s talk about this beautiful suit. The first thing is to say thank you to Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (and her team of David Crossman and Glyn Dillon) and Reeves for creating another iconic suit.
You can see the amount of research the director did in the suit alone, paying respects to different aspects of the character.
The obvious thing from the suit is the respect to the Arkham Knight armoured suit, and the fact we’re seeing it brought to life is awesome, you can also argue it has hints of the Tactical suit from Justice League.
The other talking point will be the bat symbol on the suit itself. As the rumour going around is, it connects to the gun used to kill his parents.
Meanwhile, the cowl is inspired by Adam West’s Batman, and this is Reeves respecting the past and his childhood. It’s also a smart design move as it means Pattinson (and his stunt doubles) can move his head when acting and importantly in fight scenes.
Even though it wasn’t shown, it should point to the cowl having little ears.
Now to my favourite part of the suit, the collar. I know it sounds stupid, but I really dig it as it’s something new and different in a live-action suit and a character that’s had everything in live action from bat nipples to a broad, fat bat symbol.
The collar is a clear nod to the Batman elsewhere comic book, Gotham By Gaslight.
Speaking of that graphic novel, I think it’s going to see more elements from there then even we could ever have imagined, and we’re not just talking about the collar.
As the small snippet of Michael Giacchino’s score is hinting to a gothic feel to what will probably be Batman’s theme.
I’m not the biggest fan of Giacchino’s music, but this snippet has got me excited about what he’s creating.
Finally, the way this test footage was shoot by Greig Fraser was stunning, even my annoyance towards the red light didn’t ruin it for me.
All these elements make it feel like the dark, gothic, noir Batman that Reeves has spent three years creating.
Now we’ll have to wait and see if Reeves continues this theme and we get first look test footage of Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman costume, Paul Dano as The Riddler and Colin Farrell becoming The Penguin.