The Batman: Movie News, Release Date, Cast, Trailer and Everything Else We Know
|The Batman. Photo: Radio Times|
The Batman movie release date
The Batman release date has been very much at the mercy of the pandemic — punctuated by more delays, hiccups, and holdups than you can shake a stick at. Last year's updated release date of October 1, 2021, was, once again, shifted back.
We now have — dare we say it — a firm U.S. release date of March 4, 2022. That seems far more realistic with things looking a lot rosier ahead of the mass vaccination program unfolding around the world to tackle the coronavirus.
Currently, there's no set U.K. release date, but we're hoping it's not too far off the early spring U.S. release.
The Batman movie cast
A lot of old-school Batman fans didn't take the casting of Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman nicely, as the heartthrob is best known for portraying Edward, the ever-so-sparkly vampire character at the core of the Twilight films. Pattinson will be directed by Matt Reeves (10 Cloverfield Lane, War for the Planet of the Apes).
But to politely push back at this reaction, I'll say I agree with Zack Sharf of IndieWire who explained how Pattinson's career proved he's more than just the iconic role. For example, Pattinson's earning raves for starring in The Lighthouse, a highly-hyped black and white film that co-stars Willem Dafoe, is directed by Robert Eggers (the luminary behind The Witch) and comes from A24, a beloved indie distributor.
To make things even more confusing, DC plans on entering its own multiverse with a trio of stars. Michael Keaton is set to reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming Flash film. So, Warner Bros will have two different film sagas with Batman — played by two different actors — running at the same time. According to The New York Times, the DCEU characters live in Earth 1, and Mr. Pattinson's Batman is on Earth 2. If done right, the DC Extended Universe films could pose a serious rival for Marvel's MCU.
In terms of Batman's potential villains, Zoë Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road) will co-star as Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) one of the first casting choices that got rave reactions from most. Similarly, the public loved the news that Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine) is signed on to portray Edward Nashton, The Riddler.
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld, Angels in America) will play Bruce Wayne's major ally, Commissioner Gordon.
Matt Reeves has now confirmed earlier rumors from Deadline Hollywood and The Wrap. Andy Serkis has been confirmed to play Alfred Pennyworth and Colin Farrell as The Penguin. This might seem quite unbelievable if you've seen the trailer but, yes indeed, that really is Colin Farrell under all that makeup looking totally unrecognizable as the fictional supervillain.
John Turturro will play crime boss, Carmine Falcone, whose character appeared in Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, as portrayed by Tim Wilkinson in the seminal Batman Begins, according to Tomsguide.
Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne | Batman
Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle | Catwoman
Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon
Paul Dano as Edward Nashton | The Riddler
Colin Farrell as The Penguin
Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth
John Turturro as Carmine Falcone
Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham District Attorney, Gil Colson
Jayme Lawson as Gotham mayoral candidate, Bella Real
Alex Ferns as Commissioner Pete Savage
Max Carver in a TBA role
Charlie Carver in a TBA role
The Batman Plot
The Batman is set during the second year of the Caped Crusader's career, according to a story on The Wrap. That should bypass the need to see another Batman origin movie, which Christopher Nolan's films covered definitively in Batman Begins.
Indeed, the presence of Catwoman, Penguin and the Riddler in this film suggests we're fairly deep into DC Comics lore. Expect this to be a Batman movie that features some actual detective work, too. "It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale," Reeves told THR, explaining that he's going for a 'thrilling' but 'emotional' movie, according to Techradar.
"It's more Batman in his detective mode than we've seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He's supposed to be the world's greatest detective, and that's not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I'd love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it's going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation."
That does sound very different to past Batman movies, and you get a real sense of the movie's noir flavor in the Batsuit test footage.
The Batman: will there be a sequel?
It's too early to tell if The Batman will get any follow-up movies. Given the popularity of the character, however, we certainly think it will. There will be other stories for Reeves to tell - should he wish to return, that is - and there's every chance that the director has laid the groundwork for future instalments in this movie.
Jeffrey Wright has given the biggest hint about potential sequels though. After filming wrapped on March 13, the actor tweeted that he was done with Jim Gordon... for now. That could be taken to mean that there may be possible reshoots in the future, depending on how the film is edited, but it could also hint at a sequel or two down the line.
The Batman movie: Is this related to The Joker or the Zack Snyder films?
For the first half of that, the answer is an easy Nope. The Joker director Todd Phillips previously said that character will not appear in The Batman. Pattinson confirmed this detail in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment.
We're less sure about the latter. At the 2018 TCA Awards, director Matt Reeves said, "There are ways in which all of this connects to DC, to the DC universe as well. We’re one piece of many pieces so I don’t want to comment on that except to say that I’m focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world."
Which leaves us scratching our heads and waiting for March 2022.
- Director Matt Reeves has confirmed that the film wrapped production in mid-March 2021, a year out from its release date.
- Rupert Penry-Jones confirms rumours he’s portraying Gotham City mayor Don Mitchell in the film – and shares a funny story about meeting a prosthetics-wearing Colin Farrell.
Is there a trailer for The Batman?
Yes, a trailer was shared during thee DC FanDome virtual event on August 22. The 2-minute and 23-second long trailer was soundtracked by the Nirvana song ‘Something In The Way’.
Besides Pattinson as Batman, the trailer also gives a look at Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Paul Dano as The Riddler and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman. Watch it below:
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