Monday, August 24, 2020

Something in the Bat

I felt a little hypocritical the other day after I was seriously annoyed that DC used Leonard Cohen to score the trailer for the fabled "Snyder Cut" (ugh I hesitate even using that phrase here on the site, I find the entire thing so annoying) and then... wasn't... when no less than Nirvana's song "Something in the Way" was used in the trailer for Matt Reeves' The Batman movie. The latter was much more fundamental to my own teenage angst bullshit than Cohen's "Hallelujah" -- having realized I was a gay person in the 1990s I was much more into Jeff Buckley's cover of "Hallelujah" (cuz let's face it, Jeff was way prettier than Leonard) anyway. But I am at the point where we need to put a moratorium on "Hallelujah" period -- that song is way seriously played out. 

Anyway, I'm not particularly here to ramble about the song choices made -- I am curious about everybody's thoughts on the trailer for The Batman that DC unloaded during their online hype event the other day. If you haven't watched it yet it's at the bottom of this post; if you have watched it then you've probably already repeatedly goggled at that fact that the above gif is one of a few shots of Colin Farrell under prosthetics and make-up as this movie's version of The Penguin. 

What? Why? Doesn't that just 
make you feel bad for Tom Wilkinson? 

They could have just hired Tom Wilkinson! Saved a bunch of money! Don't get me wrong, I think Colin Farrell has plenty to offer as an actor besides his beautiful, beautiful face -- I just don't get the logic behind robbing us of that. During a pandemic? How dare they. Anyway...

I'm sure everyone has an opinion on Robert Pattinson's emo-Bats guy-lined and flat-ironed look -- it's a little goofy but YOUR COMICS ARE GOOFY. Deal with it. I'm fine with it. I just hope the movie is fun, and it's hard to tell from this. The song choice is dark, the visuals are dark, but "dark" doesn't have to mean "humorless." The fact that all of this footage is from just 25% of shooting, which is all they got done before the pandemic, is nuts -- it already looks like a full movie to me? Watch, comment, whatever!


verbocity said...

I hate dimly lit movies. Unless the projection equipment is up to date, or calibrated properly or powerful enough or something the whole movie looks like the Night Battle.

On the other hand it isn't a very dark movie at all--the lack of diversity in the cast. really bad.

Jason Adams said...

re: lack of diversity, I was actually thinking the opposite? Zoe Kravitz is playing Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright is playing Commissioner Gordon, those are no doubt two of the biggest roles in the film. That's better than Nolan's films, at least.

Anonymous said...

One of my life's big regrets was deciding not to see Jeff Buckley when he played town. "I can't spare the money, I'll see him next time." It was a very intimate gig, a friend went, stood at the front and got his sweat on her face. I'm still jealous. Spend the grocery money, go to the gig. You can always eat gruel or fast for a few days.

I'm sure the new film will be a grimdark, humourless exercise in sub-Nolan tedium that will totally misuse it's cast and the fanboys will blame RP.

Aquinas1220 said...

I'm one of those people who are like "Do we really need ANOTHER Batman?" But since The Lighthouse I've really warmed up to Pattinson and this looks actually quite good.