The Batman features a new, grittier version of the Dark Knight that’s absolutely not afraid to smash criminals to a pulp. In the trailers released so far, we’ve seen Robert Pattinson dish out all sorts of savage punishments, from turning a gang leader’s face to mush to electrocuting henchmen and knocking them out. with their own weapons. It’s unclear how far he’ll go to deliver his mark of justice.
As we learned from Pattinson himself in our The Batman cover of the new issue of Geek’s Lair magazine, this version of the character definitely seems a bit more unbalanced than the previous one, someone who loves getting revenge on the bad guys who stalk Gotham City’s darkest corners. Indeed, the film looks so violent that some fans were genuinely surprised to learn that The Batman had actually received a PG-13 rating. After all, it looked like Warner Bros. was finally set to deliver the legendary R-rated Batman movie that some fans have long been asking for.
But according to director Matt Reeves, the truth is that PG-13 was always the blueprint for his take on the Batman mythos.
“In my mind, the movie was always going to be a gritty, edgy, dark, thrilling spectacle that was PG-13,” Reeves told Den of Geek. “It was always what it was, but I always knew we could push the limits of what it could be, and so we didn’t really need to cut anything. The promotional material that you see captures the tone of the film perfectly.”