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 was developed as the tenth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and a reboot of the Batman film franchise. The film is directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Mattson Tomlin, and will star Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman, with Jeffrey Wright, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell, and John Turturro in supporting roles.
- Starring : Robert Pattinson / Zoë Kravitz
- Genre : Action / Crime / Drama / Sci-Fi
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Matt Reeves
- Production : 6th & Idaho Productions / DC Entertainment / Warner Bros.
- Distributor : Roadshow Films / Warner Bros. Pictures / Warner Bros.
The Batman movie
The Batman release date
- September 30, 2021 : Netherlands
- October 1, 2021 : Canada
- October 1, 2021 : USA
The Batman cast
- Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman
- Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth
- Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin
- Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman
- John Turturro as Carmine Falcone
- Paul Dano as Edward Nashton / The Riddler
- Peter Sarsgaard as District Attorney Gil Colson
- Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon
- Con O’Neill
- Alex Ferns as Commissioner Pete Savage
- Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál
After he was cast as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck began developing a 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 starring in January 2019, and Pattinson was cast the following May. Principal photography began in London, England in January 2020.
The Batman was originally scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021. But the schedule was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Warner Bros. Pictures will release The Batman in the United States on October 1, 2021.
In August 2013, Ben Affleck was cast as Bruce Wayne / Batman in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), with plans to play the role in at least three films. He made his debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and later appeared in Suicide Squad (2016) and Justice League (2017). In October 2014, Warner Bros. revealed plans for a standalone Batman film starring Affleck, and by July 2015, he was in negotiations to direct and co-write the screenplay with Geoff Johns. According to Deadline Hollywood, Affleck and Johns were expected to turn in a draft by October 2015, and that production would begin after Affleck finished work on Live by Night. The plot was to be set after the events of Batman v Superman and Justice League; Affleck stated that the film would feature a “mostly original” story that used elements of comic books for inspiration, like what director Zack Snyder did with Batman v Superman. According to Robert Richardson, who was attached as cinematographer early in development, Affleck’s script was set in Arkham Asylum and dealt with insanity.
Affleck and Johns finished the first draft in March 2016, with Johns implying that the film would explore the death of Robin which was hinted at in Batman v Superman. At CinemaCon in April, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed the film was moving forward, with Affleck directing. In the following months, Jeremy Irons and Joe Manganiello were confirmed to appear-with Manganiello playing Deathstroke-and Jared Leto expressed interest in reprising his role as the Joker from Suicide Squad. Affleck revealed the title of the film was The Batman in October, and in December he said filming was on track to begin in mid-2017 for a release date in 2018. That month, a planned Justice League sequel was delayed to accommodate The Batman. However, in January 2017, Affleck said the film had no script and that he may end up not directing it. While Affleck reaffirmed his commitment to direct in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, by the end of the month he decided to step down; nonetheless, he stated he would still star and produce. By this point, Chris Terrio had turned in a rewrite of the script.
Affleck initially cited his intentions to step down as director were to focus more on starring as Batman, later acknowledging that after various attempts to get the script where he wanted it, it simply became “time to let someone else have a shot at it”. Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter added that Affleck’s film was “sidelined” after Warner Bros. began re-evaluating its approach to superhero films. Matt Ross, Ridley Scott, and Fede Álvarez were considered to replace Affleck, before Matt Reeves joined to direct and produce in February 2017, and production was delayed until 2018 so he could complete War for the Planet of the Apes. By March, Reeves had begun working on a completely new script, and would not meet potential actors until at least July. Reeves stated in an interview that the film would feature “an almost-noir driven, detective version of Batman” emphasizing the heart and mind of the character and taking inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock. Reeves also reworked the story to focus on Batman earlier in his career as a vigilante, and said it would explore the detective aspect of the character to a greater extent than previous films. In August, Reeves said the film would still take place within the DCEU, but that “it wouldn’t be filled with cameos servicing other stories”. After Reeves began rewriting the script, Manganiello said he was unsure if Deathstroke would still appear.
In August 2018, Reeves appeared on a Television Critics Association panel and revealed many details about the film. He confirmed that The Batman would be an original, noir-driven story and not an origin story. He also revealed that the script was nearing completion and that the film’s connections to the DCEU would be minimal but present. Reeves said that he was “working on getting our draft in the next couple of weeks and things are progressing,” hoping to begin production in early-to-mid 2019. Reeves submitted his first draft to Warner Bros. the following month. Affleck’s involvement was in doubt; Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter reported in July 2017 that Warner Bros. was looking to replace him. This was strengthened by further reports indicating that Reeves wanted a younger actor to play Batman. In August 2018, Affleck went to rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, casting further doubt that he would be reprising his role. In January 2019, Warner Bros. set a June 25, 2021 release date for The Batman, and Affleck confirmed that he was departing.
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