While most of the heroes in the DC universe are continuing on with their individual franchises — from Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) — a key member of the core superhero franchise is starting over. Ben Affleck’s services as Batman no longer were needed, so Warner Bros. and DC are going in a new direction. Younger. Disconnected from the established DC storyline. And already in fighting shape (so not quite an origin story, as you might assume).
THE BATMAN will arrive in theatres in 2021, and there’s already so much that we know about the anticipated comic book movie, even though a single frame of film has yet to be shot. Let’s catch you up on everything that you need to know about the next BATMAN film, before it opens at an AMC near you.
The Batman Release Date
This is going to feel like it’s an eternity away, but right now, Warner Bros. has circled June 25, 2021, as the release date for THE BATMAN — if that’s even going to be the official title. (Truthfully, everyone’s just kind of running with that name, though nothing has been confirmed by the studio). Of course, several studios are racing to claim valuable real estate in terms of release-date windows, so even though THE BATMAN hasn’t begun filming, it’s viewed as a serious summer blockbuster, and gets a summer opening.
At the moment, it has the weekend all to itself, though there’s an UNTITLED PIXAR MOVIE down for June 18, while the animated sequel SING 2 will open on July 2.
The Batman Director
The Caped Crusader has had some incredible collaborators over the years, from Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan to the visionary Zack Snyder in his most recent run. That streak will continue, as THE BATMAN is being directed by the brilliant Matt Reeves.
Reeves broke onto the scene with the mystery-box monster movie CLOVERFIELD, which very cleverly told its entire story using a handheld camera and the POV angle of the main characters, to comment on our use of social media technology in the face of chaos. He’s most notably known for his boundary-pushing work on THE PLANET OF THE APES trilogy for 20th Century Fox, where he and Andy Serkis made us rally behind an ape named Caesar, thanks to eye-popping motion-capture work.
The Batman Heroes
It’s always one of the biggest questions when a new Batman movie happens. Who will play the Dark Knight? This time around, because he was looking to start over with a younger version of the classic DC hero, Matt Reeves went with Robert Pattinson of the TWILIGHT saga.
But to condemn Pattinson merely as "that kid from TWILIGHT" is to totally miss out on the incredible performances that he has been delivering as of late. Since playing the famous vampire, Edward Cullen, Pattinson has challenged himself by accepting difficult roles with talented directors. THE BATMAN is the closest thing to a Hollywood franchise that he has sniffed in years, and his ability to play a convincing Bruce Wayne probably helped sell Reeves on the casting choice.
Batman has significant allies as he wages war on crime in Gotham City, and for THE BATMAN, Reeves has recruited some amazing character actors. He’s leaning on his APES lead Andy Serkis to step into the role of Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce’s trusted butler. As for Commissioner Gordon, Reeves is going with Jeffrey Wright, most recently seen in WB’s THE GOLDFINCH.
The Batman Villains
But who is Batman going to match wits with in his latest adventure? In the most recent movies, Ben Affleck’s Batman had a grudge against Superman (Henry Cavill), which led to a showdown with Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). For THE BATMAN, Reeves is going deep into Batman’s traditional band of villains, and he’s lining up some tantalizing casting choices.
From what is being reported, there are at least four villains on screen in THE BATMAN, and possibly more to be added later. This has led DC fans to speculate that THE BATMAN might be adapting a graphic novel called "The Long Halloween," where the hero has to work his way through his full rogues gallery as he’s tracking a killer who follows the calendar.
We have no indication if any of these names will be the main villain, but Reeves so far has cast Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano and John Turturro to play Catwoman, the Riddler and crime boss Carmine Falcone, respectively. Those would line up with "The Long Halloween," but they could also be used in any form of a Batman story. There’s also a juicy rumor floating around that Reeves got Colin Farrell to play the Penguin in his movie, but that hasn’t been confirmed so take it with a grain of salt (even though it would be awesome to see Farrell in that role).
The Batman Trailer
Nothing yet, friends, and probably not anything for a while. Like we mentioned, Matt Reeves hasn’t even begun filming THE BATMAN yet, and DC and Warner Bros. have plenty of movies for 2020 that still need trailers. We’re a long way off, but the steady stream of casting news means that production on THE BATMAN likely is ready to begin ramping up, and then we’ll expect even more details to reach us.
Check back on the AMC Scene often for updates!