An early-days Dark Knight, a Halloween setting, and a rogue’s gallery all have onlookers questioning whether or not The Batman is an adaptation of seminal comedian ebook story Batman: The Long Halloween. In the Matt Reeves-directed reboot following a tormented Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) in yr two of his costumed crime-fighting campaign, the Dark Knight detective investigates a conspiracy taking him out into the corruption-plagued streets of Gotham City. Somehow intertwined on this noir-driven thriller are embryonic variations of Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), the Penguin (Colin Farrell), and the Riddler (Paul Dano), in addition to scarred-face crime lord Carmine Falcone (John Turturro).

In Jeph Loeb and Tim Sales’ The Long Halloween, set shortly after the occasions of origin story Batman: Year One, a youthful Batman unravels a thriller surrounding a serial killer as he grapples with the Gotham mob and a mess of costumed “freaks.” Catwoman and Falcone play pivotal roles in The Long Halloween, with Riddler and Penguin showing in smaller elements.

In The Batman, it is the enigmatic Riddler who menaces a Gotham City already gripped by the mob. Depicted right here as a masked madman and serial killer, this model of the Riddler is akin to the egomaniac anarchist from Batman: Earth One Volume 2.

Photos from early in manufacturing tipped off a Halloween-time setting when set dressings included jack-o-lantern props, and the most recent set images show extras clad in Halloween costumes β€” together with a pair of partygoers dressed as Superman and Wonder Woman. Other current set images displaying a sleekly-dressed Selina Kyle and Falcone attending a funeral reveal three scratch marks marring the face of the crime boss, who has matching scars in The Long Halloween.

Reeves has publicly named The Long Halloween and its sequel, Dark Victory, as two of his favourite Batman tales. But the filmmaker has denied The Batman is an adaptation of anyone comedian ebook, together with Year One, saying the reboot is formed as a substitute by over 70 years of Batman tales.

“We’re not doing any explicit [comic book],” Reeves informed press in 2018. “Year One is likely one of the many comedian books that I really like. We are positively not doing Year One. It’s simply thrilling to be centered very particularly on a story that’s defining for [Bruce Wayne] and really private to him.”

Instead of an origin story, this story is detective-based and “definitively Batman.” Describing the unique story as “noir-driven,” Reeves added, “I went on a deep dive once more revisiting all my favourite comics. Those all inform by osmosis … It’s very a lot looking for a method to do that as one thing that for me goes to be definitively Batman and new and funky.”

Reeves revealed different influences on The Batman throughout DC FanDome in August, together with a crop of gritty Seventies cop motion pictures that inform “street-grounded tales.”

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Starring Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, John Turturro, and Colin Farrell, The Batman opens in theaters on March 4, 2022.




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