The Batman trailer depicts a darker, grittier version of the caped crusader, with his fury on display as he faces off against a vicious serial killer version of The Riddler. This is noteworthy for two reasons. His trademark “I’m Batman” or “I’m justice” phrases have been changed with “I’m vengeance,” implying that his quest is motivated by rage and hatred rather than improving Gotham. This articles discusses the need for inducing Scarecrow as a character for Batman”s evolution.
Why the Need for Including Scarecrow Arises
While this furious, vindictive Batman who trades on terror provides a dark genesis narrative for the character by creating Bruce Wayne as an anti-hero, he cannot remain this way throughout Pattinson’s Batman film trilogy without becoming an entirely new character. To become the hero that Gotham requires and deserves, he must mature and undergo significant transformations. The most plausible way for this to happen is for him to go up against Jonathan Crane’s Scarecrow persona. Scarecrow’s wicked and willful use of terror and pain to achieve his goals, much to Robert Pattinson’s Batman, can help this Bruce Wayne recognize the mistake of his ways and move to a more noble method and ultimate objective.
Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins trilogy was a dark and gritty reworking of previous adaptations, such as Adam West’s Batman TV series or Tim Burton’s Batman films, and portrayed Batman as an angrier, more aggressive person. Matt Reeves’ Batman, on the other hand, takes a step farther and destroys all lingering whimsy. This is especially clear in Andy Serkis’ casting as a tense and tormented Alfred Pennyworth, who lacks the levity that even Michael Caine’s Alfred brought to the screen.
Where the Problem Arises
The requirement to include Scarecrow in the trilogy starring Robert Pattinson and Matt Reeves presents a dilemma for the films. While many comic characters have been rebooted and reborn several times, Scarecrow has made numerous notable appearances over the previous three decades. From his multiple appearances in Batman: The Animated Series to Cillian Murphy’s Jonathan Crane role being the only villain to appear in all three of Nolan’s Batman films, to Vincent Kartheiser’s oddball approach to Scarecrow in Titans season 3, to his recurring appearances in the Arkham video games. This implies that Batman will have a difficult time coming up with a new and exciting perspective on a figure that has been so synonymous with Batman and has already seen darker iterations made.