If the trailer wasn’t grim enough for you, then The Batman’s unveiled synopsis hints that our brief preview may only be the beginning of the darkness.

Every generation has their Batman, and every generation probably believes that he’s the darkest of Dark Knights. Whether fans of the 1966 incarnation thought Adam West’s Caped Crusader was an unhinged madman is up for debate, but Michael Keaton’s 1989 take on the Dark Knight certainly presented a darker Batman, and a Gotham that we’d ever seen before on screen. With the exception of maybe Clooney, Kilmer’s psychologically-haunted hero, then Nolan and Snyder’s Batmen each tool the character into respectively darker territories. Nolan’s Batman pushed the schizophrenic aspect of the character further than ever before whilst Snyder presented Batman as a jaded murderer.

At some point, a Batman director is going to have to take the character into less dark waters, but it doesn’t seem it will be Matt Reeves, director of The Batman, the latest take on the character. With the trailer already presenting a grim version of the character, seemingly using violence as a means to deal with trauma, the just-released synopsis for the film seems to support this.

Just sprinkling the adjectives ‘disturbing’, ‘desperate’, ‘disillusioned’ and ‘rage’ into the synopsis gives us the impression that this could well be the darkest Dark Knight yet. And frankly, we’re on board with that. Here’s the synopsis below. The film is set to release in March of the next year. Here’s the synopsis:

The Batman is an edgy, action-packed thriller that depicts Batman in his early years, struggling to balance rage with righteousness as he investigates a disturbing mystery that has terrorised Gotham. Robert Pattinson delivers a raw, intense portrayal of Batman as a disillusioned, desperate vigilante awakened by the realisation that the anger consuming him makes him no better than the ruthless serial killer he’s hunting.

The film arrives next March.

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