The Batman is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by DC Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is a reboot of the Batman film franchise. The film is directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig. It stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman, with Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Barry Keoghan, Jayme Lawson, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell rounding out the ensemble cast. The Batman is set during Batman’s second year of fighting crime and follows him as he explores Gotham City’s corruption and faces the Riddler, a riddle-obsessed serial killer.

After he was cast as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck began developing a DC Extended Universe (DCEU) Batman film with Geoff Johns, and was attached to direct, write, produce, and star. In January 2017, Affleck stepped down from directing and writing after struggling with the story and so he could focus on playing Batman. Reeves took over directorial and scripting duties the following month and reworked the story to focus on a younger Batman, hoping to emphasize the detective aspect of the character to a greater extent than previous films.

Affleck stepped down from all involvement in January 2019, and Pattinson was cast the following May. The film’s connections to the DCEU were subsequently eliminated. Principal photography began in London, England in January 2020 but was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in early September, but was halted again a few days later after Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19.

The Batman is scheduled to be released on October 1, 2021. Two sequels are planned, while a spin-off prequel television series is in development for HBO Max.

The Batman Cast

  • Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman:
    A billionaire socialite and heir of Wayne Enterprises who dedicates himself to protecting Gotham City from its criminal underworld as a masked vigilante. Batman is around 30 years old in the film and neither an experienced superhero nor a beginning crime fighter. Director Matt Reeves stated: “I just felt like well, what I’d love to do is to get a version of this Batman character where he’s not yet fully formed. Where there’s something to do in this context with who that guy would be in this world today, and to ground him in all of these broken ways. Because at the end of the day, this guy is doing all of this to deal with trauma in his past.” Pattinson had avoided major franchises since his Twilight films, wanting to avoid paparazzi and finding those roles dull, but signed on to play Batman because he found the character’s lack of superpowers interesting. He described his Batman as flawed, unlike traditional comic book characters, and said his voice was inspired by his Lighthouse costar Willem Dafoe’s voice in that film. In preparation, Pattinson trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with instructor and John Wick alumnus Rigan Machado and watched films featuring who Pattinson called the “true warriors of the superhero genre”, such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Dwayne Johnson. Christian Bale, who played Batman in The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), supported Pattinson, encouraging him to “make [the role] his own” and ignore critics. Pattinson also received advice from The Dark Knight Trilogy‘s director, Christopher Nolan, whom he worked with on Tenet. Ben Affleck, who portrays Batman in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) films, was set to reprise his role before stepping down in January 2019.
  • Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman:
    A cat burglar.[20] Kravitz, who previously voiced the character in The Lego Batman Movie (2017), was chosen over a number of actresses, including Zazie Beetz, Eiza González, Ella Balinska, Ana de Armas, and Alicia Vikander. Kravitz said that in contrast to Batman, who represents masculinity, Catwoman represents femininity, and “femininity represents power, and I think it’s a different kind of power than masculine power… slightly more complicated, and softer, too.” Kravitz drew inspiration from Michelle Pfeiffer, who portrayed the character in Batman Returns (1992), and read the “Year One” (1987) Batman story arc in preparation.
  • Paul Dano as Edward Nashton / Riddler:
    A newly emerged criminal who is obsessed with riddles. In The Batman, the character is portrayed as a serial killer, drawing comparisons to the Zodiac Killer. According to Reeves, the Riddler will serve as the film’s primary antagonist.
  • Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon: An ally of Batman in the Gotham City Police Department. Wright is the first actor of color to portray the character.
  • John Turturro as Carmine Falcone: A Gotham City crime lord.
  • Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson:[32] Gotham’s district attorney.
  • Barry Keoghan as Stanley Merkel: An officer in the Gotham City Police Department.
  • Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál:[32] A mayoral candidate in Gotham.
  • Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth:[35] Batman’s butler and mentor.
  • Colin Farrell as Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot / Penguin:
    A rising crime lord. According to Reeves, the film is set at a time when Cobblepot dislikes being referred to as the Penguin. For the role, Farrell gained weight and wore prosthetic-based makeup.

Additionally, Gil Perez-Abraham and twins Charlie and Max Carver have been cast in undisclosed roles.

The Batman Music

In October 2019, Reeves announced that his frequent collaborator Michael Giacchino would be composing the film’s score. Later that month, Giacchino confirmed that he had already finished writing the main theme because he was so excited to do so. In film production, the music is not written until later, but since Giacchino wrote the music early on, he and Reeves were able to use it in promotional materials. Giacchino said he “felt total freedom to do whatever I want.

Matt always agreed, this is our Batman, this is our vision. In the same way that I always loved, what I still do about Batman comics and graphic novels is that each of these artists, each of these authors, they take their own crack at what they want this to be. It’s their version of Batman.”

The Batman Marketing

On February 13, 2020, Reeves released “moody, red-saturated” test footage revealing Pattinson in his Batman costume and Giacchino’s theme. The one-minute video generated a great deal of speculation and discussion of what approach the film would take in depicting Batman’s world. Chris Evangelista of /Film thought Pattinson “looks much different than any onscreen Batman we’ve seen before”, while Richard Newby of The Hollywood Reporter identified the Batsuit’s various references to previous incarnations. Newby also noted that the bat emblem on the costume’s chest bore a resemblance to a pistol, and wondered if it was the pistol used to kill Batman’s parents in his origin story.

The footage’s use of the color red also led to discussion of how The Batman would differ tonally from previous Batman adaptations. On March 4, 2020, Reeves released an image of the film’s Batmobile. Dino-Ray Ramos of Deadline Hollywood opined that it “seems sexier and more streamlined than Batmobiles from the past” and “gives off some serious James Bond-meets-Fast and Furious energy and seems right on point for Pattinson.”

Reeves released a teaser trailer on August 22, 2020, during the virtual DC FanDome convention. The trailer, according to CNET, “set the internet on fire” and was noted for its somber, grim tone. Adam Chitwood of Collider praised the trailer for showing off “the genuinely refreshing approach” the film seemed to be taking in depicting the world of Batman.

The Batman Release

The Batman is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States on October 1, 2021. It was originally scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021, but was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Batman Future

Possible sequels

The Batman is intended to be the first of a Batman film trilogy. In November 2019, Kroll and Brent Lang of Variety reported that key cast members are signed on to reprise their roles in future DC films.

Spin-off series

In July 2020, HBO Max began developing a spin-off police procedural drama television series that would be written by Reeves and Terence Winter and centered on the Gotham City Police Department, sharing continuity with the film. The series was intended “to build on the film’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City”. Reeves and Winter will executive produce the series, along with Daniel Pipski, Adam Kassan, and Dylan Clark.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that it was unclear if actors such as Wright and Pattinson would reprise their roles for the series. In August 2020, during the DC FanDome event, it was revealed that the series will be a prequel to the film, as it is set during Batman’s first year from the perspective of a crooked cop in the GCPD and the battle for his soul.

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