After all the recent shake-ups at DC Comics and other WarnerMedia-owned businesses, the future of DC FanDome, their blowout, 24-hour virtual convention, seemed in doubt. Now we know they’re splitting the event up into two; the comics and TV panels will now be in September while the movie and video game panels will remain Saturday, Aug 22. The big end-of-night showcase will be details (and perhaps a first look?) about Matt Reeves’ The Batman movie. On Thursday, the director shared a couple of teases; the movie’s official logo, and a gorgeous piece of artwork from none other than Jim Lee.
Excited to share the very first look at our official #TheBatman logo, and some very cool additional #DCFanDome artwork by the amazing @jimlee — see more of #TheBatman at the #DCFanDome global event in the Hall of Heroes this Saturday, 8/22! #TheBatman #DCFanDome #ForTheFans pic.twitter.com/ApfngNbyor— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) August 20, 2020
Reeves tweeted out the two red-drenched images, teasing more to come at the FanDome panel. The logo gives us, I think, a really nice indication of the kind of Batman we’ll see in the movie. This won’t be a slick and perfectly polished Dark Knight, akin to previous big screen versions. The logo has a scratched-up, world-weary flavor to it. The Bat emblem within the words is actually, if we look closely, a sketch of a batarang; you can tell by the hinges on the wings. We can also see that the silhouette of the bat in this go-round looks a little more like an actual bat. We often see a hyper-rounded or supremely angular version in live-action adaptations.
To coincide with the logo, we also get Jim Lee’s rendition of the Robert Pattinson Batman. His look is a little more like knight-like, for lack of a better term. The suit looks like armor (though not at all in the way Affleck’s looked in BVS) and we can see he has arrows on his gauntlets. Though Bruce Wayne is a billionaire, what we’ve seen of this version of the Batsuit has a decidedly homegrown feel to it, much less like the precision gear a Lucius Fox would have manufactured.
Jim Lee/DC/Warner Bros
As with everything we’ve heard about Reeves’ take on Batman, these images have us very excited. Early on, the director promised a big screen representation of the World’s Greatest Detective aspect of Batman, something zero movies have focused on. And given other cast members we know about, with at least three major super villains in the movie, this has the makings of the most robust Gotham City ever in a feature film.
We’ll know more after The Batman panel at DC FanDome, Saturday, Aug 22, at 5:30pm PT.
Featured Image: Jim Lee/DC Comics