You don’t have to be a comic book or movie fan to know the names Riddler, Penguin, or Catwoman. Villains in the Batman universe are as famous, if not more so, than the Caped Crusader himself. And so someone who hasn’t been following every morsel of information about Matt Reeves’ new film, The Batman, might assume they know exactly what those characters are going to be. We’ve all seen them before. But not like this.
While multiple trailers and teases have previously revealed Riddler (Paul Dano), Penguin (Colin Farrell), and Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), a new dump of publicity still has them coming out of the shadows and into the light. Now you can really get a good glimpse of just how raw, gritty, and different these three iterations of the characters are from what fans know from previous movies, TV, and comic book adaptations.
Here’s the Riddler
Paul Dano plays the Riddler in The Batman and he looks way creepier than versions we’re used to seeing.
Colin Farrell is the Penguin, looking much more sleazy mob boss than water-based creature.
The Cat and the Bat
Here’s Batman himself, played by Robert Pattinson, and Catwoman, played by Zoe Kravitz. That she’s getting most of her marketing besides Batman strongly suggests she’s less of a villain than the others. Or maybe that’s just what the filmmakers want us to think.
Riddle me this
Another image of Riddler, getting ready to tape someone up. The glasses over the mask are just really upsetting.
Penguin sitting in an apartment that says “I’m getting my own TV show after this.”
Design-wise, Catwoman’s look is certainly the most grounded.
The hero of the story
And here we have writer director Matt Reeves, the man most responsible for bringing a solo Batman movie back to the big screen.
Reeves directing Pattinson.
March 4, get here soon
Batman and Catwoman (and Penguin and Riddler) will show down on March 4.
Editor’s Note: Release dates within this article are based in the U.S., but will be updated with local Australian dates as soon as we know more.