The first trailer has arrived for DC’s latest Batman re-boot starring Robert Pattinson, and boy is it dark and gritty as all hell.

The film is expected to be released in 2021 with the simple title The Batman, and its first trailer debuted at DC FanDome.

Its director is Matt Reeves, and we get to see Pattinson playing a young and tormented version of the caped crusader, which looks even gritter then Ben Affleck’s take on the comic book character.

As Gamespot notes, Reeves has made a point to say that this film won’t be simply another Batman origin story. Rather we join him in his second year of being Batman as the Riddler is carrying out murders across Gotham City.

From the looks of things, Paul Dano as The Riddler will be the main villain, with plenty of screentime given to the character last seen as played by Jim Carrey in Batman Forever (1995).

Dano’s Riddler will be a completely different proposition, and looks incredibly dark and demented in the few bits we get to see in the trailer.

The movie will also feature a few of Batman’s other foes, including Zoe Kravits as Selena Kyle (who hasn’t yet become Catwoman) and Collin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepop who is yet to become the criminal kingpin known as Penguin.

Funnily enough, the rise of Pattinson as the Dark Knight doesn’t mean the end of Ben Affleck, otherwise known as Baffleck.

He’s set to reprise his role for the forthcoming movie The Flash, however it could be his last stand with sources suggesting Pattinson is seen as the future of the franchise for DC.

The Flash is also set to star Michael Keaton, who last played the role in 1992’s Batman Returns directed by Tim Burton.

Affleck was reportedly involved in early development for Reeves’ batfilm but ended up stepping away from the role.

The DC FanDome event also saw the debut of the first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 which sees Gal Gadot reprise her role from the first film.

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