You know what I like best about The Batman? It succeeded despite being an atypical superhero movie in that it’s incredibly dark, grounded, more of a serial killer movie in the vein of Seven, and wasn’t afraid to push the limits of its PG-13 rating. Matt Reeves’ film is still killin’ it at the box office, adding to an impressive $750M haul so far.
And now today it’s officially available to watch on HBO Max, for those who can’t get enough of the cat-and-mouse game between Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader and Paul Dano’s Riddler. To celebrate the release, Warner Bros. has released the first 11-minutes, which shows just how dangerous Riddler can be. This guy is no joke.
This, of course, won’t be the end. A sequel is being talked about already, plus spinoff shows led by Colin Farrell as the Penguin, and another focused on Arkham Asylum. Who knows what a potential shake-up at DC Entertainment could mean for these projects, however.
Here’s the synopsis: Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman, striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies—Alfred Pennyworth, Lt. James Gordon —amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.
When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman, Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin, Carmine Falcone, and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.