Ten years after The Dark Knight Rises wrapped Christian Bale's trilogy, Robert Pattinson gets a crack at redefining Bruce Wayne. The Batman hits theaters in just over a month, and the marketing campaign is reaching a fever pitch. The latest take on The Caped Crusader is set to dive into the expansive world of Gotham City, birthing new renditions of some of the character's most iconic villains.
Paul Dano leads the antagonist charge as the Riddler, a serial killer targeting Gotham's elites bent on exposing city-wide corruption. That corruption includes Colin Farrell's Penguin, a crime kingpin rising within the mob ranks. Zoë Kravitz's Catwoman also fancies illegal activity, although she operates in more of a shade of gray compared to her fellow bad guys.
As The Batman inches closer to its theatrical debut, Warner Bros. continues to spotlight the film's impressive supporting cast.
Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler Highlighted in New Posters
The Caped Crusader returns next month, and he's bringing his rogues' gallery with him.
Twitter Movies unveiled four new character posters for The Batman, showcasing Robert Pattinson's Dark Knight as well as three members of his supporting cast.
Pattinson's Batman leads the charge, sporting his cape and cowl along with Riddler's Zodiac-style question mark bullseye over his face:
Zoë Kravitz's Catwoman shows face next, rocking her leather suit and claw-like fingernails. Catwoman's character poster also includes the question mark bullseye:
Colin Farrell's Penguin leans back on an unseen chair as his hand grips the far end of the armrest. Just like the two preceding posters, Oswald Cobblepot has a question mark bullseye directly on his face:
Paul Dano's Riddler concludes this batch of character posters, hiding his face behind his leather mask and glasses. While Edward Nashton's poster retains the "Unmask The Truth" tagline, it does noticeably omit the question mark bullseye prominent on each of the previous advertisements.
Riddler Spares No One
The biggest takeaway from these character posters lies within Riddler's anonymity emblem. While Batman is understandably marked with a question mark bullseye, both Penguin and Catwoman being caught in the crosshairs is noteworthy.
He has yet to reveal his face, but Edward Nashton has played a prominent vocal role in all promotional material. The Riddler's muffled voice can be heard speaking in rhymes in every trailer, while also courting dialogue with The Dark Knight himself. As the tagline says, Riddler is focused on "[unmasking] the truth" about Gotham City.
His methods are outside the law, but Riddler's targets hint that his plan is much more layered than a typical mustache-twirling villain's. Going after Batman makes sense from an antagonist mindset, but marking both Penguin and Catwoman, both known adversaries to Gotham's vigilante, indicates that the Riddler's mission to expose "the cesspool [they] call a city" discriminates against no one.
The Batman hits theaters on March 4, 2022.