The Batman has opened to critical acclaim and box office takings of $248.5 million worldwide, with Robert Pattinson leading as the latest Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves' superhero movie.
Supporting cast members include Paul Dano in the iconic role of the Riddler, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, and Jeffrey Wright as Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon.
Discussing his take on the role, Pattinson recently told GQ: “The first shot is so jarring from any other Batman movie that it’s just kind of a totally different pace. It was what Matt was saying from the first meeting I had with him: ‘I want to do a ’70s noir detective story, like The Conversation.’ And I kind of assumed that meant the mood board or something, the look of it.
"But from the first shot, it’s, 'Oh, this actually is a detective story'. And I feel like an idiot, because I didn’t even know that Batman was ‘the world’s greatest detective’; I hadn’t heard that in my life before – but it really plays. Just ’cause there’s a lot of stuff where he’s in amongst the cops.
"Normally, when you see Batman he arrives and beats people up. But he’s having conversations, and there are emotional scenes between them, which I don’t think have been in any of the other movies.”
Warner Bros has already released a trailer for the film which really shows off the Bruce/Selina relationship.
“We’ve seen a lot of great stories about Bruce Wayne witnessing his parents’ murder and then trying to find a way to cope with that by perfecting himself into Batman,” Reeves told Empire Magazine.
“But I wanted to do a story where he’s already been through the origins and does not yet really know exactly how to be Batman. It is a Year Two story. And I wanted you to connect to him. Not only as Bruce but as Batman.”
If that wasn't enough, we have a whole host of villains to face Batman in the new adventure in the form of The Riddler, The Penguin and more.
Warner Bros clearly has very high hopes for The Batman, which is expected to be one of the biggest films of 2022, as it has recently started work on its second HBO Max series set to spin out of the blockbuster.
Two spin-offs are on the way, one based on the Gotham City Police Department and one on Colin Farrell's iteration of The Penguin.
As we wait for more details on the film, read on for everything we know about 2022's The Batman so far.
The Batman release date
The Batman was released in UK cinemas on Friday 4th March 2022.
Previously, it had been pencilled in for a release in June 2021, before moving to a Halloween-themed October date, and then jumping another five months to its current spot in the calendar.
The project first got underway on 27th January 2020, but The Batman filming was halted as the pandemic spiralled into a global crisis that March, with three-quarters of the movie still left to film (via Deadline).
Fortunately, work was able to resume in September 2020, after then-Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden MP announced that major productions would be able to film in England as long as they operate in a tightly controlled "bubble".
Just days later, the movie went on hiatus once again after star Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19, but fortunately he recovered from the illness and returned to work after his isolation period.
In March 2021, more than a year after cameras started rolling, director Matt Reeves announced a wrap on The Batman's principal photography, meaning there's every hope it will be able to make its current release date next year.
Four months later, Pattinson, Farrell and Reeves reunited for reshoots that took place over multiple weeks in the cities of Glasgow and York, according to The Daily Record.
Reshoots are very common for major blockbuster movies and not necessarily a cause for concern, so fans have no reason to worry about the quality of the reboot at this stage.
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The Batman trailers
Fans of the Caped Crusader were treated to multiple looks at the upcoming film.
The teaser trailer was first released as part of the virtual DC FanDome event on 22nd August.
Following this, the end of DC FanDome on 16th October saw a full trailer released for the film which showed off the ensemble cast.
Meanwhile, an international trailer for the film has also made its way online, offering a further look at the upcoming film from Matt Reeves.
The trailer also showed a further look at Paul Dano in the role of The Riddler.
Another trailer, delving into the relationship between Batman and Catwoman, was released on 27th December 2021.
The Batman runtime
The Batman runs for two hours and 55 minutes.
This makes the film the longest of any solo Batman movie, and just behind Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (three hours and one minute), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The previous longest Batman film was Christopher Nolan's film The Dark Knight Rises (2012) which ran for two hours and 45 minutes.
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The Batman Rotten Tomatoes score
The Batman has a rating of 85% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, which means that a majority of the proportion of reviews regarded the film to be 'Fresh'.
The critics' consensus reads: "A grim, gritty, and gripping super-noir, The Batman ranks among the Dark Knight's bleakest -- and most thrillingly ambitious -- live-action outings."
Robert Pattinson has been described as a "revelation" by Slant Magazine, and delivering "the best live-action Batman since Michael Keaton", according to Insider. The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney called the film a "soulful nocturne of corruption and chaos, and as much as I longed for a few more glimmers of humour, at no point during the hefty three-hour run time did my attention wander."
Paul Dano, Zoe Kravitz and Colin Farrell have also received praise for their performances as the Riddler, Catwoman and the Penguin respectively.
Be sure to read our own RadioTimes.com review below.
When is The Batman set?
The film is set during the second year of the Caped Crusader's existence, with Bruce Wayne in the midst of his crime-fighting days and finding his feet as a vigilante – so don't worry, it's not another origin story.
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Director Matt Reeves confirmed the timeframe at 2020's DC FanDome, during a discussion of the distinctive Batsuit, which we got a close-up look at in the officially released camera test.
"It's very practical, the idea is that [Batman] made it himself," Reeves said at DC FanDome in August 2020. "It needs to look like he can move, but it's still evolving. He's in Year Two of being Batman."
"It's early and Batman's still a vigilante," the directed continued. "[Gotham's people] wonder, 'That guy sounds a little dangerous.' He's not yet the symbol of hope. He's still a growing legend. People wonder whether he exists. It's one of the things he will confront in the story."
The Batman cast
The cast of The Batman is listed below.
- Robert Pattinson as Batman/Bruce Wayne
- Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman/Selina Kyle
- Paul Dano as The Riddler/Edward Nashton
- Jeffery Wright as Lieutenant James Gordon
- John Turturro as Carmine Falcone
- Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson
- Barry Keoghan as Unseen Arkham Prisoner
- with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth
- and Colin Farrell as The Penguin/Oswald "Oz" Cobblepot
- Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál
- Alex Ferns as Commissioner Pete Savage
- Rupert Penry-Jones as Mayor Don Mitchell
- Gil Perez-Abraham as Martinez
- Charlie Carver and Max Carver as The Twins
- Con O’Neill as Mackenzie Bock
Robert Pattinson leads the cast of the hotly anticipated movie as billionaire socialite Bruce Wayne, who has a secret side-hustle when night falls, becoming the brutal crime-fighting vigilante known as Batman.
Variety broke the news back in May 2019, revealing that Pattinson had faced stiff competition from the likes of X-Men star Nicholas Hoult, but ultimately secured the gig off the back of indie film buzz from Good Time and The Lighthouse.
This latest incarnation of the Batman will have his work cut out for him from the beginning, with Matt Reeves' movie set to feature several key figures from his iconic rogues gallery.
Meanwhile, Big Little Lies star Zoe Kravitz plays Catwoman aka Selina Kyle, a cat burglar who has been a friend, foe and even lover to Batman at various points in the comic books.
This isn't her first run-in with the character as she had previously been considered for 2012's The Dark Knight Rises (losing out to Anne Hathaway), while she also lends her voice to Catwoman in The Lego Movie and its spin-off The Lego Batman Movie.
We got our first look at Kravitz in action in the debut teaser trailer for The Batman, where she sports an early lo-fi version of the character's trademark look.
Paul Dano stars as classic antagonist The Riddler/Edward Nashton, who acts as the main villain of the story as a serial killer leaving riddles for detectives - including Batman - to solve.
It sounds like it really took a toll, as Dano told Entertainment Weekly: "There's a sequence with Peter Sarsgaard's character. That was intense. There were some nights around that I probably didn't sleep as well as I would've wanted to just because it was a little hard to come down from this character."
Fresh off his physical transformation for BBC Two's The North Water, Colin Farrell is near-unrecognisable once again as he portrays crime boss Oswald Cobblepot – better known as The Penguin.
In a recent interview on the Happy, Sad, Confused Podcast, Farrell revealed that he has a relatively minor role in the film, although we wouldn't be surprised if he ends up returning for the inevitable sequel.
"I'm only in it for five or six scenes, so I can't wait to see the film because it won't be ruined by my presence," he said. "Really, it's a freebie for me. I'll get a little bit uncomfortable for the f**king nine minutes I have, and then the rest of it, I cannot wait to see how [Matt Reeves, director] brought this world to life."
Fans were shocked to learn that Farrell was the star hidden underneath prosthetics in the moody teaser, but the considerable make-up does bring his appearance closer in-line with how the character is depicted in the comic books.
Farrell is set to reprise the role in a spin-off series centring on the character.
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Another recurring villain in the DC universe has also been confirmed for The Batman, with The Plot Against America's John Turturro set to play mob boss Carmine Falcone. But don't worry, Bruce Wayne will have some friends too.
Fresh off his recent voice role in Marvel's What If...?, where he played cosmic witness to the multiverse The Watcher, Jeffrey Wright has returned to Earth to play Gotham City's Commissioner Gordon.
The character, who has recently been portrayed by Gary Oldman, JK Simmons and Ben McKenzie, is a close ally to Batman, as well as the eventual father of Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl (who is not expected to appear in this chapter).
Discussing the project, Wright told The Hollywood Reporter: "It was gothic. It was sleuthful, if that’s a word. It was mysterious, and it was tricky. It was tricky because of the conditions that we were working in.
"It was isolating for those of us who were away from home, out of the country, over in London. I experienced more quarantines than I would wish on anyone, going back and forth over the last six months. So it was a pretty dogged one to try to pull off."
Another essential figure in the Bat-family is Bruce Wayne's faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth, with this latest incarnation of the character skewing younger than what we've seen previously, with Venom 2 director Andy Serkis taking the role.
The Batman marks a reunion for Serkis and Reeves, who previously collaborated on the critically-acclaimed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and its 2017 sequel, where he played motion-capture character Caesar.
Rounding out the supporting cast are Peter Sarsgaard (Dopesick) as Gotham's District Attorney Gil Colson, Alex Ferns (Chernobyl, EastEnders) as Commissioner Pete Savage, and newcomer Jayme Lawson as mayoral candidate Bella Reál.
In March 2020, The A.V. Club broke the news that twins Max and Charlie Carver, known for appearing together in MTV's Teen Wolf series, had also joined the cast in undisclosed roles. They play henchmen of The Penguin.
Later that year, Eternals star Barry Keoghan was announced as Jim Gordon's GCPD colleague Stanley Merkel in the official video description for the first trailer.
However, fans theorised that Keoghan would actually be portraying The Joker. Viewers will have see the film and find out for sure.
The Batman premiere
The Batman premiered in New York City on 1st March 2022.
The Batman also enjoyed a screening event in Paris, France on Tuesday 22nd February 2022.
Among those who attended the event were director Matt Reeves and stars Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz.
Pattinson and Kravitz looked suitably chic against the dark Paris skies for the event - how apt!
Meanwhile, Pattinson has also been out and about for press junkets in London and was spotted in all-black - keeping on brand for the Caped Crusader.
The stars later turned out for a special screening at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, London on Wednesday 23rd February 2022.
Robert Pattinson was in attendance, along with Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis and Jeffery Wright.
Once again the cast looked suitably glamorous for the event.
What is The Batman about?
The movie is directed by Matt Reeves, best known for his work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and its sequel, and will see Batman go up against a serial killer known only as The Riddler.
Speaking about the film's plot at DC FanDome 2020, Reeves said: "The whole idea is that this is all an experiment in the movie. The idea that we’re in Year two, it’s the Gotham experiment; it’s a criminal, logical experiment, trying to figure out what he can do to finally change this place. And in our story, as he’s in that mode, that’s where you meet him and you see that he’s charting what he’s doing and he doesn’t seem to have any effect on what he wants to happen.”
Reeves also seemed to hint that the film would delve far more into the history of Gotham's corruption - and how that might connect back to Batman's origins after all, but in a new and unexpected way.
He continued: “And that is when the murders start to happen, and then the murders begin to describe sort of the history of Gotham in a way that only reinforces what he knows about Gotham, but it opens up a whole new world of corruption that goes much farther. But as that story starts to come out, without being an origin tale for him, it ends up being something that touches on his origins.
"So you start to describe this epic history of corruption in Gotham that you start to understand, ‘Well, where did my family sit in that?’ And in that sense... is a way to take a story, a point-of-view story, a mystery," added Reeves. "It’s got, of course, action, and all that kind of stuff, but at the end of it, it’s incredibly personal for him even though it’s in the story where he’s trying to understand and unravel this mystery.”
Robert Pattinson has also teased details about the movie, promising fans that it will be "radically different" to the numerous Batman movies that have come before it.
"For some reason, Batman has always stood out as one of the major characters of the 20th century, and so many people connect with it on such a deep level for so many different reasons," said at CinemaCon 2021. "From the first conversation I had with Matt about it, I just knew that there was something radically different [here]."
The Batman HBO Max spin-offs
Warner Bros is investing heavily in their new Batman film franchise, with two spin-off streaming shows reportedly on the way to HBO Max.
The first to be announced was a prequel series focusing on the Gotham City Police Department (GCPD), which would presumably be a more grounded and gritty interpretation than what we saw in FOX's Gotham.
"The Gotham PD series will go into the corruption of the Gotham Police Department," Matt Reeves said at the DC FanDome in August 2020. "It goes back to Batman Year One... we'll see these characters from a perspective we've never seen before."
Initially, Boardwalk Empire's Terence Winter was to act as showrunner on the series, but he quit the job in late 2020 over creative differences (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Two months later, Giri/Haji creator Joe Barton was announced as his replacement, assuring a fan on Twitter that his show is going to be "very different" to Bruno Heller's Gotham, which ended its five-season run in 2019.
Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com, Jeffrey Wright teased the possibility of his Jim Gordon putting in an appearance.
“Well, yeah, there's been a little talk about that,” Wright teased when asked if he was set to appear in the show.
“I do think that the film is going to leave fans longing for more. So if there's an opportunity to explore more of this specific Gotham in a granular way through a show like that, it'd be very exciting.”
In September 2021, a separate The Batman spin-off series was revealed to be in development for HBO Max, which hopes to focus on Colin Farrell's Oswald Cobblepot (who will go on to be known as The Penguin).
Variety said that the project is in "very early stages" of development, with Farrell yet to sign a deal to reprise his role, but Agents of SHIELD writer and producer Lauren LeFranc were attached to pen the script.
It is understood that The Batman director Matt Reeves will executive produce both shows, which should help keep his growing corner of the DC Universe tonally consistent.
It was then confirmed in December by Variety that Colin Farrell had signed on for the upcoming series.
It also reports that Matt Reeves and the film’s producer Dylan Clark will executive produce the show.
Will there be a sequel to The Batman?
While not officially confirmed, that is the plan. The Batman is intended as the first part of a new trilogy of Batman films from director Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson as Batman/Bruce Wayne.
The Batman is a standalone story but there are plans to continue with this iteration of the character.
This new trilogy will be at the centre of a fresh shared universe in which the spin-off series on HBO Max will also feature.
Pattinson and Reeves have already discussed their intentions for the trilogy.
Speaking to Empire, Pattinson noted: "I’ve made a kind of map for where Bruce’s psychology would grow over two more movies. I would love to do it."
Meanwhile, Pattinson also shared which Batman villains he would like to see tackled next in the series.
"I’d love to do something like Court of Owls," the actor told Den of Geek, a story about a hidden secret society ruling Gotham.
He added: "There are elements of The Batman which are kind of horror and I think it really feels quite new for Batman."
Pattinson also highlighted the data-obsessed killer Calendar Man as a potential villain.
Finally, director Matt Reeves made clear when speaking to press including Collider that he wanted to do explore a more "grounded" take on Mr Freeze.
He explained: "In my view, I just feel drawn to finding the grounded version of everything. So to me it would be a challenge in an interesting way to try and figure out how that could happen, even the idea of something like Mr Freeze, that is such a great story, right?
"I think there's actually a grounded version of that story, which could be really powerful and could be really great."
We'll have to wait and see!
What other Batman films have there been?
The Dark Knight is one of the most-depicted superheroes in cinema, with various iterations of the character played by different actors cropping up over the last few decades.
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Excluding 1940s serials, the first time Batman turned up on the screen was in a spin-off from the popular 1960s TV series starring Adam West, with Batman: The Movie released in 1966 and remaining a cult classic to this day.
Following this the character was adapted by Tim Burton for 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns, where he was played by Michael Keaton opposite foes like Jack Nicholson's Joker, Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman and Danny DeVito's Penguin.
After Burton and Keaton departed (though Burton remained as producer) Joel Schumacher took over for the Val Kilmer-starring Batman Forever (1995) and its sequel Batman and Robin (1997), which starred George Clooney after Kilmer had scheduling conflicts.
Following the poor critical and commercial response to the film (which is still remembered as one of the worst-ever superhero movies) Batman didn't return to screens again until Christopher Nolan's reboot origin story Batman Begins, which starred Christian Bale and sparked two critically-acclaimed sequels – 2008's The Dark Knight and 2012's The Dark Knight Rises.
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Following that trilogy the character was rebooted again for Warner Bros' connected DC universe, with Ben Affleck cast for 2016 crossover movie Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Affleck's Batman also appeared in villain-based spin-off Suicide Squad (also in 2016) and 2017 team-up movie Justice League, the poor performance of which ended up inspiring Affleck to pass the baton to Pattinson.
For a lighter version of the caped crusader, check out 2017's The Lego Batman movie, which saw Will Arnett reprise his role as Lego Batman from The Lego Movie for a critically-acclaimed, fourth wall-breaking riff on the DC Comics franchise.
Is there a post-credits scene for The Batman?
Well, it's not quite a full scene but there is a slight tease connected to The Riddler.
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