If you thought we’d had enough movies about Batman, I’m sorry friend, you would be wrong. Another new movie featuring the caped crusader is coming to cinemas next year and The Batman looks like it will (literally) hit different.
Here’s what you need to know about the vigilante’s next big-screen adventure.
What’s the story?
You may remember once upon a time that Ben Affleck was set to star and direct his own Batman movie. For various reasons that film fell apart and was replaced by The Batman, which is essentially a standalone reboot of the franchise.
We’ve seen the tragic origin story that turns Bruce Wayne into Batman a million times over, so you’ll be glad to know this film won’t be re-treading that path.
Instead, we’ll see Batman in his second year of crime-fighting as he faces the corruption within Gotham City and hunts down a deranged serial killer known as The Riddler.
The Batman will apparently draw from pivotal comics like Batman: Year One and The Long Halloween. Given these inspirations, it looks like this version of Batman will be darker than we’ve ever seen before.
Early reactions from test screenings of the new Batman film have also been popping up on social media and so far they are looking positive. The word on the street is that this will be a full-on horror film and that it even had audiences gasping out loud.
Director Matt Reeves even described it as being “almost a horror movie” as well as a hardcore detective story,
This new behind-the-scenes footage should give you a better idea of where The Batman is going.
The latest news about The Batman is that the film’s runtime will come in at a whopping two hours and 55 minutes. That’s one of the longest superhero movies ever, coming in just behind Avengers: Endgame.
Make sure you plan your bathroom breaks accordingly.
How does this movie tie into the DCEU?
Warner Bros. has been trying to establish a DC cinematic universe to rival the likes of Marvel for years now, but The Batman will not be part of this.
Instead, it will exist as its own standalone film and won’t be influenced by any of the other established characters and storylines from the canon DCEU.
It’s basically a fresh slate for the character and means you can go into this film without having viewed any other DC movies.
That being said, The Batman is intended to be a trilogy of films and has already spawned the development of a new spin-off TV series about the Gotham police. So while it may not be part of the DCEU, it looks like The Batman will have its own little cinematic universe anyway.
The Batman: Cast
Now for the all-important question: who’s playing Batman?
Robert Pattinson is the new chosen one who will be donning the cowl in The Batman. Pattinson initially received a wave of backlash but, like every Batman before him, it’s best not to judge before seeing the performance for yourself.
Joining the cast is Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth and Peter Sarsgaard as District Attorney Gil Colson.
Barry Keoghan also seems to be playing a mysterious role in the film.
We have Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) to thank for this new vision, who took over directing duties from Ben Affleck.
Is there a trailer?
We got our first trailer for The Batman over a year ago at DC FanDome 2020 and it definitely delivered on that dark and gritty promise. Literally, you may have to squint to see a lot of these scenes.
Another (incredibly dark) trailer was dropped at DC FanDome in 2021 and gives us a more detailed look at Pattinson’s Batman.
This latest trailer gives us a better preview at Colin Farrell’s unrecognisable Penguin look and Zoe Kravitz’s debut as Catwoman. The Riddler is also teased as a Jagsaw-esque mastermind planting riddles around the city.
As for Batman himself we’ve now got a much better look at Pattinson in the suit and even have a few lines in his best Batman voice. Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred (Serkis) also shows up in this trailer and, as usual, is pretty worried about our mate Batman.
There are also so many action-packed scenes in this trailer from car chases to hallway fights. If you thought the trailer wasn’t dark enough already there’s also more than one fight scene occurring in the literal dark.
The latest trailer for The Batman focuses on the dynamic duo of Pattinson’s Batman and Kravitz’s Catwoman. It also seems that both Bruce Wayne and Batman are tied up in The Riddler’s nefarious plans for Gotham City.
If you’d like to gaze upon some images, check out these epic new posters.
He’s not Batman. He’s THE BATMAN.
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The Batman: Release date
Like so many other movies, The Batman’s release date has been pushed back multiple times. It was a miracle the film managed to wrap shooting after Robert Pattinson contracted COVID-19 in the UK.
The movie is currently scheduled for release in cinemas on March 3, 2022.
As someone who has seen all the Batman movies this is definitely the most excited I’ve been since The Dark Knight, so you officially have permission to get keen.
Let’s hope The Batman can live up to the hype when it launches this year.
This article has been updated with additional information.