Early concept art for Warner Bros.’ The Batman gives Robert Pattinson a version of the Dark Knight cowl that many fans initially called for.
Concept art for The Batman reveals a different, seemingly improved cowl for the Dark Knight, which ultimately never made it into the Warner Bros. movie.
Art from The Art of The Batman by James Field, hinted at a different design for Robert Pattinson’s superhero. While there aren’t a lot of details available in the image, the silhouette of the Caped Crusader teases a somewhat different cowl, more akin to the shape fans appeared to want early on, following the reveal of Pattinson’s Batsuit.
When the film’s batsuit debuted, some fans criticized certain elements of the costume, including the shape of Batman’s cowl, including its length. The concept art shows that that may not have always been the plan. What does appear to have been the plan from the beginning was the superhero’s use of a modified muscle car, which resembles the artwork from the book.
Director Matt Reeves previously discussed the intention behind the Batsuit and Batmobile’s appearance. In an interview, Reeves said, “He’s on this obsessive mission… He’s a rich guy who’s able to use the money to do this stuff, but he’s doing it himself. So I wanted, at a practical level, for you to see the seams in everything that he’s doing.” He went on to add, “In the suit, you can see the seaming in the cowl. You can see that he’s doing this all himself. You can see that he’s building this car in his garage. You can see the crudeness of it. There had to be a certain unfinished, not polished quality to it. Obviously the car needs to perform, so I thought it should be like a muscle car. And the suit needed to protect him, so that needed to make sure it looked almost tactical , and almost looked like riot gear.”
The Batman follows the titular hero during his second year as a crime-fighting superhero. He is well-established as a figure in Gotham City– feared by criminals and just beginning to earn the trust of Gotham City’s authorities. The film sees the fledgling hero hunt a serial killer named Edward Nashton/Riddler. The puzzles and mystery Riddler throws his way draws Bruce Wayne deeper into a secret involving the criminal underworld, including villains such as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin and Carmine Falcone; and his own family. The mystery also introduces Wayne to with Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman, who becomes a tenuous ally in the struggle to save Gotham from Riddler’s scheme.
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