A big question mark hangs over the future of the much-loved franchise The Batman. With the upcoming release of the eagerly anticipated Suicide Squad movie and other big projects on the horizon, will fans still flock to see Bruce Wayne take on the criminals of Gotham City? Perhaps it’s time for Matt Reeves’ The Batman to step aside and let his talented successor take the reins. The first trailer for the much-anticipated Batman solo movie, Robert Pattinson’s Batman Iconic, has finally arrived, and it’s time to take stock of what we’ve been missing. Let’s climb inside that armored tuxedo and see how it all fits. Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about the highly anticipated movie!

First Look At The New Batman

The first thing that hits you about Robert Pattinson’s Batman Iconic is the new Batman—and you’ll have to excuse us, but he doesn’t look like the Bruce Wayne we’ve come to know and love.

At first glance, the resemblance of Robert Pattinson to the Dark Lord of Gotham seems uncanny. It’s no great surprise that Suicide Squad director, Gavin Bons, would compare Pattinson’s incarnation of Batman to the character he’s spent years portraying:

“There is uncanny resemblance,” Bons said in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I’ve known Robert for a while. We’ve worked together. He’s just brilliant. I’ve seen him transform into Batman before my eyes. It was incredible. Watching that character come to life was one of the highlights of the whole process. It was really special. It was a dream come true.”

Although Bruce has donned the cowl more than 60 times over the years, fans are still in awe of his performance as the iconic superhero in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. With the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers who grew up idolizing Batman, it seems only natural that they would try their hand at bringing the Caped Crusader to the big screen. This is where Batman Iconic comes in.

An Exciting Time To Be A Batman Fan

With an entire cinematic universe to choose from, it’s no easy feat finding the perfect story to tell about Batman. Luckily for us, the writers behind the upcoming Batman solo movie managed to weave a gripping narrative that seesaws between humor and tragedy, casting a light on the Dark Knight’s troubled past while also hinting at a promising future. What makes this story so special is that it can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of the superhero. If you’re looking for something light and accessible, you could do worse than to check out the story of Bruce Wayne’s early days as a Batman advocate. It’s in this scene, towards the end of Batman #1, that the seeds of what would become The Dark Knight were planted. As the editor in chief of a Batman magazine, Wayne encounters a group of kids who ask for his help in tracking down the Joker. The story ends with the children thanking Wayne for his assistance, setting up the future of one of the world’s most famous—and complicated—personalities.

Suicide Squad: The Movie

The team behind the upcoming Batman solo movie has worked hard to ensure that each of its members feels unique and interesting. For fans of the horror-action-comedy franchise, the allure of the Suicide Squad is due to the mix of genres that the cast and crew have cooked up. With a heavy hand in comedy from Rick And Morty writer, Justin Roiland, comes a bonkers sense of humor that is showcased throughout the marketing materials for the film. The trailer for Suicide Squad: The Movie even teases a showdown between the caped crusader and the Clown Prince of Crime that would make for one heck of a dance party. Though the inclusion of Killer Croc and other bizarre creatures might throw off casual fans, there are enough recognizable faces in the Squad to ensure that even people who have never heard of the group will enjoy the film.

A New Generation Of Heroes

Besides borrowing heavily from Batman #1, writer/director Matt Reeves also draws inspiration from the work of Brian Morell and Jim Lee. The legendary art directors of DC Comics, Morell and Lee, worked hand-in-hand on the cinematic universe that we all know and love. Their collaborative efforts are on full display in Batman Iconic, with Jim Lee’s unique, dynamic artwork serving as the movie’s backdrop.

A Love Letter To The Fans

With interest in comic books at an all-time high, perhaps the most exciting part of Robert Pattinson’s Batman Iconic is the opportunity it provides for fans to relive some of their favorite moments from the pages of DC Comics. The solo movie marks the twentieth anniversary of Batman, which makes this year the perfect opportunity to revisit some classic stories that helped build the Batman legend. Whether or not you’re a diehard fan of the superhero, Batman Iconic will bring back memories of the good old days, when comics didn’t require to be saved on your phone, but could be read in peace at the local library.

With so much inspiration drawn from the pages of DC Comics, perhaps it’s time for the next generation to take over for the Caped Crusader. Even if you’ve never heard of the Suicide Squad, you’ve probably still got some awareness of Batman. It would be a shame for the world’s greatest detective to fall into obscurity just as he’s about to retire. With a few memorable exceptions, though, Batman’s been pretty much alone for most of his existence. It’s time to give birth to a new Batman, a new generation of heroes who are ready to help restore order to Gotham City and beyond.