Everything you need to know about ‘The Batman’

Robert Pattinson is all geared up to don the cowl in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Gotham’s protector has been portrayed by several big names. From Ben Affleck to  Christian Bale to even Michael Keaton, each of these actors have brought in something new to the DC superhero. With high expectations to reach, It will be interesting to see the Twilight heartthrob’s take on the dark knight.

The Warner Bros movie is a reboot of the Batman film franchise. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy was well-received among fans and brought in a darker twist to a superhero that was way ahead of its time. Fans were initially very sceptical of Pattinson’s casting, but the trailer has cleared all our doubts about it. 

The film was originally announced in October 2014 with Ben Affleck pitched to play Batman. Affleck, however, quit the project in January 2019 which brought in Pattinson to fill his shoes. The movie will be a standalone film and won’t be connected to the DC Extended Universe. 

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What’s the current status?

Filming during the pandemic hasn’t been an easy task. Production had to be first halted in March with 25% of the film done. Which was luckily enough for a trailer to be released during the DC FanDome. When filming was resumed in early September, star Robert Pattinson was tested positive at the Warner Bros studio at Leavesden in Hertfordshire. Constant delays have hampered the production schedule constantly. The Batman is reported to be in production till February 2021. 

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The Plot

The movie will follow Batman in his second year of fighting crime in Gotham. Viewers will get to see a more vulnerable batman who is still building a relationship with the Gotham City Police Department. The masked vigilante will face off against Riddler, who is murdering the wealthy residents of Gotham city. 

The story will also dwell into the corruption of the city which created a breeding ground for criminals. From the trailer, it seems that Riddler will play the role of an anti-hero, though that is mere speculation.

Director Matt Reeves stated that  “It’s about the early days of him being Batman and he’s very far from being perfect.” The film won’t be an origin story for Batman (which is a relief) but will feature a young Bruce Wayne who is still finding his place in Gotham. Matt added, “What was exciting for me was not doing the origin [story] but to meet him in the middle and to see him make mistakes and grow and fail and be heroic in a way that felt very human and very flawed.”

The Batman Trailer

A trailer for The Batman was released during the virtual DC FanDome event on August 22. The trailer was soundtracked by Nirvana ‘Something in the Way’. Which provided a perfect blend of mystery and sinister sense to the trailer.

Who is the cast?

Twilight star Robert Pattinson will be taking on the mantle of Batman (Bruce Wayne). The movie will also star Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman. The Batman will see the portrayal of classic villains of Gotham’s vigilante. Paul Dano will be Riddler while Colin Farrell will play the Penguin. We will also see John Turturro play crime boss Carmine Falcone. 

Matt Reeves (War of the Planet of the Apes) will be directing The Batman. Reeves will also be writing the screenplay along with Peter Craig.

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When is The Batman releasing?

Matt Reeves’ The Batman was originally slated for a release on June 25, 2021. But on account of the pandemic delaying productions, the film was pushed back to October 1. The Robert Pattinson movie has now finally settled on a March 4, 2022 release date.