After a delay of years (and years and years) from both creative changes and a pandemic, The Batman is now just four months away. A teaser landed, a year later a trailer landed. However for all of this, outside of the basics, the plot of The Batman remained largely unknown.

We knew it was set near the beginning of Bruce Wayne’s time as the Caped Crusader but was not an origin story. We know the Riddler is in it and, apparently, as a serial killer. Outside that the plot details were thin.

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Warner Bros. Pictures has now dropped a more detailed synopsis for The Batman:

“Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), 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 (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) – 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 (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano).

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.”

We know from interviews with director Matt Reeves and lead Robert Pattinson that the tone will be that of a noir mystery tale, and it will show us a Batman who is a lot angrier, and potentially still barely sane after the murder of his parents and the decisions he has made.

Peter Sarsgaard and Jayme Lawson also star The Batman is released March 4th 2022.

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