It’s here and it’s… different. Looking more like a dark thriller at times we finally, finally get to see the next evolution of The Batman.

Director Matt Reeves was on hand to confirm this definitely is not an original story, referring to it quite deliberately as:

“Batman Year Two”

He cites Darwyn Cooke’s Batman: Ego as source material, with The French Connection and Chinatown as inspiration.

“It’s early and Batman’s still a vigilante. [Gotham’s people] wonder, ‘That guy sounds a little dangerous.’ He’s not yet the symbol of hope yet… He’s still a growing legend. People wonder whether he exists. It’s one of the things he will confront in the story. [Bruce is] trying to figure out what he can do to improve Gotham. And that’s when the murders start to happen and those start to tell the history of Gotham.”

He said he considers that Batman’s superpower is to endure and focus. Reeves claims we will not have seen the Rogues Gallery or Gotham City presented quite like this before.

“It’s just as important as any of the rogues gallery. I wanted to present it in a way that was really fleshed out. I wanted it to feel like an American city you’ve never been to.”

It has a murder mystery at its heart and will work alongside the upcoming Gotham PD series to really bring Gotham to life. So, finally, here it is:

Meanwhile this wasn’t the only Bat appearance at DC Fandome. Earlier in the day there was a first real look at Zack Snyder’s Justice League starring Ben Affleck in the cowl and cape.

Before that a reveal on The Flash showed some concept art confirming the returns of Michael Keaton in his 1989 guise as the caped crusader, alongside a new costume for The Flash.

Multiverse confirmed and a whole load of teasers and trailers. Good times if you are a DC fan. What do you think?