It’s been a while since we last saw the Bat cowl helming Caped Crusader on a big screen with his fully-fledged solo outing, with the last being the 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, where Batman was the central character. Since then, all we were looking forward to is the DC’s attempt to create their own universe of DC characters trying to match what Marvel Studios is doing with a whole lot of success being followed. DC Extended Universe introduced their own iteration of Batman, played by Ben Affleck, with Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, where we saw the billionaire Bruce Wayne directly entering the mainframe without a solo film, and that didn’t go well with some of the character’s fans.
DC Extended Universe for the past decade has been struggling to stand firm on its feet as they had a tone shift, cast members leaving, and continuity issues, but the studios already had plans for a solo Batman outing, which was first set to follow the same DC Universe with Ben Affleck’s iteration. Still, since the actor stepped down, a new plan was put into focus, seeing the movie in a completely different universe than the DCEUs. Well, that’s a lot to digest; anyway, check out the trailer below, and we will update you with everything you need to know about the upcoming DC’s The Batman that arrives next year.
The First Look & Trailer For The Batman
Warner Bros. dropped the first trailer for the new Batman movie through the DC Fandom that featured a tone of movies, shows, and games coming from the studios that will feature the DC characters. Matt Reeves, who is directing the film, had priorly shared the first look of Robert Pattinson, who will be playing the caped crusader in the movie in his new costume that set the internet ablaze, wondering what we are looking for here. The trailer gave us a glimpse and the idea Matt Reeves is set to introduce to us.
The new suite of Batman is very well self-aesthetic and made of fabric and quite different from Ben Affleck and Christian Bale’s suits, and it’s been speculated that the Bat logo in the center of the suit has been made up of guns used by Joe Chill to kill Bruce’s parents.
The Batman trailer showcased the new dark and gritty universe for the character once again and this time, extensively focusing not only on the central character of Bruce Wayne, a.ka. The Batman but also all the characters residing in the chaotic city of Gotham. The trailer perfectly showcased Batman as more of a detective avatar aiming for rather than a superhero. The trailer has done great justice to Gotham’s society we are about to witness, so take a look.
The Plot & Premise Of The Batman
In several interviews, Matt Reeves has revealed Batman to be more of an original story grasping many characters involved in the project. It’s been heavily speculated that the movie will be taking a lot of cues from the comic “Batman: The Long Halloween” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, which sees Bruce Wayne completing one year and entering the second year as the Batman for the city of Gotham as he hunts down a new serial killer known as Holiday but according to the trailer here we may see The Riddler as the main villain for the film.
As we mentioned above, Matt Reeves has focused The Batman to be more of the “World’s Greatest Detective” character. It features a noir setting rather than the hero’s previous iteration in live-action as a superhero. The premise for The Batman states that the movie will follow Batman’s second year in fighting crime as he discovers more corruption in the city of Gotham that has ties with his family as he also fights a new villain wreaking havoc named The Riddler.
The Cast Of The Batman
The Batman cast starts with Robert Pattinson, helming the main character in the role of Bruce Wayne, a billionaire and sole owner of Wayne Enterprises residing in the city of Gotham who fights off crime at night as the caped crusader Batman, a vigilante bent on saving his city. This time Bruce Wayne will be around 30 and would be a beginner crime-fighter far away from being a full-fledged superhero. Matt Reeves has revealed that the movie will feature Batman, who is not a fully-formed superhero yet dealing with his past traumas and still struggling to fit into his vigilante job.
Zoe Kravtiz will join the movie as Selina Kyle, also known as the Catwoman, a cat burglar obsessed with stealing from the rich. The actress previously voiced the same character in the Lego movie. Here she will be taking inspiration from Michelle Pfeffirer’s iteration of the character from the 1992’s Batman Returns and comic books like Batman: Year One.
Paul Dano is the Batman as Edward Nashton, also known as The Riddler, obsessed with Riddles. It has been speculated as to the main villain for the movie attempting serial killings and wreaking havoc in Gotham’s city in the movie.
The rest of the cast includes Jeffrey Wright in James Gordon’s role, a detective from the Gotham Police Department who is also an ally to The Batman, and Wright will be the first of the color to portray the character. The cast further includes John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, a crime lord from Gotham, Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham’s district attorney Gil Colson, Barry Keoghan as the GCPD Officer Stanley Merke.
The cast will also see Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, a candidate for the Mayor of Gotham along with Andy Serkis as Alfred Penny, Batman’s butler and mentor, and Colin Farrell as Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot, also known as The Penguin. Alex Ferns has been added as the Commissioner Pete Savage and Rupert Penry-Jones, Gil Perez-Abraham, and twins Charlie and Max Carver in undisclosed roles.
The Batman In DC Extended Universe? And Sequels
Initially, the solo Batman film was set to be directed by Ben Affleck, starring his iteration of the caped crusader until the actor stepped down and Matt Reeves joined in to fill Affleck’s shoes as the director for the movie. It’s been revealed that the movie won’t have many tie-ups with the DC’s universe as it will be far away from it and set in another universe with DC exploring the multiverse in the upcoming Flash movie.
DC President Walter Hamda, in an interview with New York Times, has stated that Warner Bros. and DC have planned to continue Batman’s story in two different sagas, which includes one as Robert Pattinson’s iteration and the other being speculated as Ben Affleck’s even though the actor has shown lack of interest in playing the character recently.
Release Date, Sequels, And More On The Batman
As of now, the Batman is set to release on the 4th of March, 2022, after numerous delays that shifted its release date from June 21, 2021. The project faced difficulties due to the Covid-19 crisis and even Robert Pattinson being diagnosed with it. The production of The Batman is set to begin in March of 2021 again after being suspended in September of 2021.
The Batman is set to conclude two planned sequels that will feature the whole universe a trilogy along with a prequel featuring the Gotham Police Department in series from HBO Max.
The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, while Reeves himself has handled the script and Peter Craig. Matt Reeves has also produced the project along with Dylan Clark under DC Films and 6th and Idaho, while Warner Bros will handle the film’s distribution.