The Batman is, undisputedly, one of the year’s biggest success stories, so far. Warner Bros has seen their new incarnation of the superhero do huge business at the box office, receive critical acclaim (including this rave review from our own Joey Magidson), and maybe even position itself for an awards campaign down the road. So, how do they celebrate the movie going to their streaming service? Well, they’ve given audiences a new taste, one that should hook anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.
With the film now on HBO Max, WB has released the opening scene onto YouTube, as a way to draw in the streaming crowd. Running about eleven minutes, it’s a great sequence introducing us to Paul Dano‘s Riddler, which you all who have seen it know about already. Give it a look and be sure to revisit it from the comfort of your home!
As a reminder, this is the official plot for The Batman:
Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman, 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, Lt. James Gordon —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, Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin, Carmine Falcone, and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler. 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.