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Keaton's Batman Reimagined With Pattinson's Trailer Song Is Haunting


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Michael Keaton gets the Robert Pattinson treatment in a new fan trailer for 1989's Batman set to Nirvana’s “Something in the Way.” It’s been over three decades, and multiple Caped Crusaders, since Keaton made his debut as Bruce Wayne alongside Jack Nicholson's Joker in Tim Burton’s gothic, noir-style film. Long before Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan gave audiences Spider-Man (2002) and Batman Begins (2005), respectively, 1989’s Batman was arguably the first film to take comic book adaptations seriously. Burton’s follow-up, Batman Returns (1992), doubled down on all this, making Keaton's live-action take on the Dark Knight a definitive one.


Following in the footsteps of Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck, Pattinson recently took up the mantle of Batman in yet another cinematic reboot. Initially, the casting of the former Twilight star drew mixed reactions online. However, the release of The Batman’s first teaser during DC FanDome in 2020, set to “Something in the Way,” seemingly silenced many of the naysayers. Writer/director Matt Reeves’ gritty thriller has since proven itself to be a faithful addition to the franchise and Pattinson a worthy successor to Keaton. Now, an intrepid fan has taken The Batman’s unofficial anthem and applied it to Batman.


Thoughtful-Slander on YouTube recently uploaded a Batman trailer but re-edited it in the style of The Batman’s trailer. Mirroring that first teaser, this new trailer is set to that haunting rendition of Nirvana’s “Something in the Way.” Check it out below:



Pattinson’s reclusive Bruce Wayne is a far cry from Keaton’s playboy, but the former’s “vengeance” and hunt for the Zodiac-killer-esque Riddler (Paul Dano) could not exist without the latter. Reeves’ film avoids the biggest problems of comic book movies of old: tempering of violence and studio interference. In the wake of Burton and Keaton’s exit from the Batman franchise, films like Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997) represent a dramatic shift in tone that turned a lot of people away. While Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy was more than a return to form, Affleck’s tenure has also been plagued by excessive meddling. In many ways, The Batman is a film more in the vein of Batman '89.

Of course, Keaton is set to reprise his role in the upcoming DCEU film The Flash—which will also star Affleck as his iteration. With HBO Max’s upcoming Batgirl solo film, and The Batman 2 already confirmed (as well as multiple spinoffs), it remains to be seen which Bat-person will reign supreme. Regardless, there’s certainly nothing in the way of Batman's long, profitable, and historic past, present, and future.



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