With DC FanDome just days away, comic book fanatics are eagerly anticipating some major announcements, but Matt Reeves, the man behind the new Robert Pattinson-led film The Batman has just jumped the gun. The director took to Twitter to reveal the official logo for the upcoming film, which has promised to be a “raw, unsanitised” version of the classic caped crusader’s adventures.
To go along with the new logo, the Cloverfield and War for the Planet of the Apes filmmaker shared official artwork of Robert Pattinson as The Dark Knight. The image comes by way of legendary DC Comics artist Jim Lee, who has worked on franchise-favourite graphic novels such as Batman: Gotham Knights and The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. “Excited to share the very first look at our official The Batman logo, and some very cool additional #DCFanDome artwork by the amazing Jim Lee,” Reeves wrote in a Twitter post. Even better, the filmmaker confirmed that more reveals have been scheduled for the DC FanDome event this Saturday.
The global event in the Hall of Heroes is set to be one of the biggest in recent memory. Along with the anticipated Batman reveals, DC is expected to drop some major announcements surround other big-name franchise releases. Among them, is the new Snyder Cut – the original version of the much-maligned DC misfire Justice League. Just this week, DC unveiled a teaser trailer for the new release, further fueling speculation the movie may salvage the iconic characters.
Additionally, fans are also expecting a trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 to drop, alongside new announcements regarding Black Adam, The Flash, Aquaman 2, Shazam 2, the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League game from Rocksteady Studios. But perhaps the biggest announcement for DC has already landed. In a stunning turn of events, Ben Affleck is set to join Michael Keaton to reprise his role as Batman in 2022’s The Flash.
According to Deadline, Affleck will return alongside Keaton in a cameo role for the Warner Bros. movie, marking a rare intance where we see two former batman on-screen simultaneously. Reports suggest that Keaton’s role in the film will be substantial, however, it’s unlikely Affleck will take a major part. What this does confirm for fans is that Warner Bros. is planning to dive deep into multiverse territory, using a Flashpoint-esque story to introduce the idea. One of DC’s most influential graphic novels, Flashpoint saw the The Flash thrust into an alternate universe where Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father took up the mantle of Batman after his son was killed in a mugging.
The Flash director Andy Muscietti has maintained The Flash will not be a carbon copy adaptation of Flashpoint, but the prospect of Batmen confirms the long-suspected multiverse theory. Looks like we’ll have to wait and find out.