It’s getting gritty in Gotham City!
We just got our first teaser at The Batman in a trailer released a few days ago (below) and the evidence keeps mounting that producers have been influenced by Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker than any other DC cinematic creation that’s come before it.
The new image released of Colin Farrell as The Penguin has me on the edge of my seat to see what they do with these characters. Farrell’s best roles, in my opinion, have all been very dark (In Bruge) or awkward (The Lobster) or insane (The Killing of the Sacred Deer) and he clearly has the range to make things very weird very quickly. I love how Danny Devito fit into Tim Burton’s Batman world (“I played this city like a harp from Hell!) but I can’t wait to see how Farrell jumps into this one (oh please can we see Phoenix and Farrell on the screen at the same time at some point!!).
What’s really interesting about this ultra-dark, film noir style universe from Joker and – presumably – The Batman, is that it runs totally opposite to Marvel’s almost slapstick takes with recent Deadpool and Thor movies. It feels like the early 90s all over again and the incumbent hair metal faction of Van Halen’s “Jump” is giving way to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Will this new DC take set the world on fire and bury Marvel the same way the grunge era buried the 80s hair metal “let’s all have fun and party” motif?
Do you think this is the motivation for using Nirvana’s “Something in the Way” in the trailer?
I’m by no means an expert on DC and Marvel history, but I do know that DC hired Joss Whedon to come in and “punch up” Justice League after being embattled with criticism about how depressing and boring Zack Snyder’s DC universe had become (if I got that wrong, I apologize, don’t roast me).
It would appear the answer – especially after the success of Phoenix’s Joker – is to go much, much farther into depressing (and a bit boring). Life sucks. We’re all miserable. Our demons are not internal, they’re external. Then we die.
We do, however, get to watch The Batman unnecessarily punch an unconscious man a few times in the trailer before pronouncing, “I am vengeance.” Um…pardon me Mr. Batman…if you punch someone who is on the ground three times and he dies you’re actually…a murderer.
Oh, and The Riddler? Not quite the green suit pun-machine we’re used to. He likes to wrap your head in duct tape and leave his message there instead of the wall (which is so cliche by now, amiright?).
Tell me what you think!
Here’s the look at the first teaser for The Batman in case you missed it: