Lonely, brooding and emotionally tormented, the latest incarnation of Batman shocked the celebrity audience at last week’s London premiere of the film.
The noble saviour of Gotham, familiar to generations of comic-book readers and TV viewers, had been replaced by an altogether darker superhero, prone to violence and consumed by hatred for his enemies.
After the show, as the audience came out of the cinema into the heat of a July evening, the first-night fans could hardly have known that the drama was to continue off screen in a similarly troubled fashion – so much so that it has overshadowed the film’s blockbuster release.
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