In a new official clip from Matt Reeves’ fast-approaching DC picture The Batman, The Dark Knight summons the fury of the GCPD.
During main actor Robert Pattinson’s visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live, a never-before-seen sequence from The Batman was presented. In it, Lt. James “Jim” Gordon (Pattinson) meets with Batman (Pattinson) (Jeffrey Wright). One of Gordon’s cops is working for the Penguin, according to the World’s Greatest Detective (Colin Farrell). After Batsy knocks Gordon down with a right punch, the entire Gotham City Police Department chases him down, ending in an epic action piece in which Batman grapples up a stairway while being fired at from all sides.
The Batman centers on a reclusive, Kurt Cobain-esque version of Bruce Wayne as he seeks to track down the Riddler (Paul Dano), a serial assassin who targets Gotham City’s wealthiest people. The Riddler isn’t the only member of Batman’s rogue’s gallery to make an appearance in the movie; the Penguin and Selina Kyle, as known as Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz) are also featured.
Reeves’ picture is set during Bruce’s second year of combating crime as Batman, thus this version of the Caped Crusader is still a rookie. Similarly, Jim Gordon in The Batman is still merely a Lieutenant for the GCPD, having not yet been appointed to Commissioner (which the character is most synonymous within the comics and other films).
Wright previously spoke about his Gordon’s bond with Pattinson’s Batman. He told Total Film magazine, “My Gordon is very much partnered with Rob’s Batman. And so there is, as [The Dark Knight Trilogy star] Gary Oldman once described it, very much a Watson to the Batman’s Holmes in our storytelling. He’s still Lieutenant. He’s not Commissioner yet. So it gave the character the opportunity to really dip his hands into the muck, and be up to his elbows, and be very much in the thick of things.”
Given that the Dark Knight and the future Commissioner appear to get along in The Batman, some fans are already theorizing that the punch in the new trailer wasn’t intended to be taken literally and was instead part of a deal between the two characters. In any case, it appears that Batman and the rest of the GCPD have no love lost.
On March 4, The Batman will be released in cinemas.