It’s been eight years since the last solo big screen Batman outing, but you can’t keep the Caped Crusader down for long. A new Batman film, tentatively titled The Batman, is set to hit movie theaters in the summer 2021. Here’s everything we know so far about the long-awaited return of Gotham’s Guardian to the big screen.
Now we finally know just what Bruce Wayne will be speeding across the streets of Gotham City in for the upcoming The Batman, as Matt Reeves has unveiled a first look at the new Batmobile via his Twitter account. This is a return to the classic car version of the Dark Knight’s iconic ride, as opposed to the tanks of recent Bat-films. And you can see a decent shot of Robert Pattinsion in these new images as well. To paraphrase Batman Forever, “we dig the car.”
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) March 4, 2020
Matt Reeves’ The Batman is currently filming, and that means set photos galore, not to mention official updates from the film’s director. First off, Reeves posted a page from Frank Miller’s classic Batman: Year One to Twitter, which likely means we are getting some reference in the film to at least some parts of that story.
Happy Birthday, Bruce pic.twitter.com/zJ4q9kXcIn
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) February 20, 2020
The scene in question has a pre-Batman Bruce Wayne patrolling the streets of Gotham City, using a tough guy disguise. This is from before he came up with the Batman identity. Although the movie is said to take place when Bruce Wayne has already been the Dark Knight for awhile, that doesn’t mean we couldn’t get flashbacks to his pre-superhero days.
And speaking of seminal comic book runs that could inspire the character, a much more recent run from the comics might also be serving as inspiration for this film. With new set photos revealed, we set a capeless Batman riding a motorcycle through a graveyard. His outfit looks very inspired by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Zero Year run on the comic.
— Josh Wilding (@Josh_Wilding) February 21, 2020
Snyder and Capullo’s run is one of the character’s best, so if they are taking inspiration from that, then fans are in for a serious treat.
Our first official look at the Bat-suit finally here….albeit a bit blurry and out of focus, but still enough to get us jazzed! Matt Reeves released the first camera test of Robert Pattinson in the Batman costume and released it via Twitter. The whole thing is shot through a red filter, so it’s hard to tell if the suit is black, gray, or even navy blue. But the design is pretty cool, and the bat-emblem looks like it can be taken off and made into a batarang!? Yup, sign us up for this right now please!
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) February 13, 2020
It has begun: Director Matt Reeves has tweeted out an image from the first day of shooting for the latest big screen incarnation of the Dark Knight. And as we all assumed, the title of this movie is indeed The Batman. You can take a look at his tweet down below.
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) January 27, 2020
Now, The Batman could just be a working title, but we have a feeling that for simplicity’s sake, this one might stick.
Director Matt Reeves has confirmed reports from November that Colin Farrell will be joining the film as the Penguin. Reeves tweeted out a GIF of the actor captioned, “Wait — is that you, Oz?” That’s a clear reference to the Penguin’s real name, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot.
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) January 6, 2020
One more classic member of the Batman rogue’s gallery has been added to Matt Reeves’ The Batman. The news was announced on Reeves’ Twitter that Peter Sarsgaard has joined the already huge cast. While it is unknown just who he is playing at this point, sources at The Hollywood Reporter are speculating that Peter Sarsgaard is possibly playing none other than Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face. The villain has long been rumored to be in the film in some form.
Oh… Hi, Peter… 🦇 pic.twitter.com/GsS2ktuWxE
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) December 6, 2019
Interestingly enough, this would be the second DC Comics villain for the actor if this is indeed who Sarsgaard is being cast as. You might not have remembered, but he played Hector Hammond in the big screen Green Lantern film. It would also be a fascinating bit of serendipity if he does indeed play the Gotham City D.A. turned mad criminal. Sarsgaard is married to actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight. In that movie, she was engaged to Harvey Dent.
Yet another classic character from DC Comics lore has been added to Matt Reeves’ The Batman. The writer/director revealed via Twitter that veteran actor John Turturro has been cast as Gotham City crime boss Carmine Falcone.
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) November 22, 2019
The character first appeared in Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One comics, shown as the last vestige of the old mafia families which still held power in Gotham before the costumed criminals arrived. He was played in Batman Begins by Tom Wilkinson, a film which also drew inspiration from Batman: Year One.
Having said that, with the loads of villains this movie is going to have, we think that Matt Reeves movie is almost certainly adapting The Long Halloween, a story that featured the Falcone crime family in a very prominent role. If not a direct adaptation, it will be heavily inspired by it. And we can’t wait.
Although it was heavily reported by the trades, it is now confirmed: Matt Reeves will reunite with his Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis for The Batman. And yes, the actor will indeed be playing Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler and father figure. The casting was confirmed by Reeves in a tweet.
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) November 13, 2019
2020 will be a very comic book oriented year for Serkis. Not only will he be playing DC Comics’ most famous MI6 agent turned well mannered butler, but he’s directing Marvel Comics’ alien symbiotes in the Venom sequel for Sony.
Matt Reeve’s The Batman has been casting well known names in all of its leading roles, but now a virtual unknown has been added to the ensemble. According to a report from Collider, actress Jayme Lawson, a recent Juilliard graduate, has landed a significant role in the film. Sources at io9 have learned that Lawson will be playing a character named Bella, who is “a grassroots political candidate running for office in Gotham.”
Given this news, it seems that much like Batman Returns, it looks like Gotham City politics will be playing a part in this latest Caped Crusader adventure. There aren’t any significant DC Comics Batman universe characters named Bella, but this could be an all-new character. Similar perhaps to Rachel Dawes in Christopher Nolan’s films. Or Bella could be a code name. Only time will tell.
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We have two more members of the classic Batman cast of characters who have been cast for Matt Reeve’s upcoming film, according to a report coming from The Wrap. And both roles are being filled by a pair of A-list actors at the top of their game, neither who are strangers to popular big screen franchises.
After appearing in Lord of the Rings, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Planet of the Apes and Star Wars, Andy Serkis is making his transition to the world of DC films as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Meanwhile, the role of the Penguin is apparently going to Colin Farrell. Although usually portrayed as short and portly, with Farrell in the part we might be getting our first sexy and dapper version of Oswald Cobblepot.
Matt Reeves put up the Commissioner James Gordon signal and one of Hollywood’s best has answered. Tony and Emmy-winner Jeffrey Wright, known for his work in James Bond, The Hunger Games franchise, HBO’s Angels in America, Syriana, and Westworld, was formally announced by the director on Twitter as Bruce Wayne’s chief ally in the Gotham police force. The role was played by J.K. Simmons in the Justice League.
No word yet on if Wright will keep his great bear or go with the classic Gordon mustache-only look.
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) October 30, 2019
No sooner does Jonah Hill exit talks to play the Riddler, that less than 24 hours later we get a new actor in the part of the legendary Batman villain. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Dano will be playing the role instead. It seems that Matt Reeves is going with the more recent incarnation of the character, with the Riddler’s real name being Edward Nashton. In the comics, he then changed it to Edward Nygma.
Although only 35, Paul Dano has already had an illustrious career in film over the past two decades, in acclaimed roles in movies like Little Miss Sunshine and 12 Years a Slave. But if you’re wondering if he can play a good smarmy villain, look no further than his work in There Will Be Blood.
The Batman is going to contain a large number of villains from the Dark Knight’s infamous rogue’s gallery, and that will include his enemy-turned-ally Catwoman. And she will be played by none other than Big Little Lies‘ Zoe Kravitz, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. She tested with Robert Pattinson, and won the role against the likes of actresses such as Ana de Armas, Ella Balinska, and Eiza Gonzalez.
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This will not be Kravitz’s first comic book movie, as she played Angel in X-Men: First Class nearly a decade ago. Not only that, but Kravitz actually played the role once before, as she voiced Catwoman in The LEGO Batman movie.
Kravitz will actually be the seventh live-action Catwoman. The first three came from the Batman ’66 series and were played by Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, and Lee Merriweather. Michelle Pfeiffer played her in Batman Returns, with Halle Berry playing a version of Catwoman who was not Selina Kyle in her own feature film. Our most recent Catwoman was Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises.
Who Is Behind the Camera?
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A few months after Affleck departed the project as director, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War For The Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves was then announced as his successor. Originally, production was set to begin in 2018, but Warner Brothers delayed the film until Reeves—who is writing and directing the film—could hammer out a script everyone was satisfied with.
Who Is Starring?
Not long after Matt Reeves was signed on, Affleck stepped down as Batman. Thus far, the only confirmed face in the upcoming film is our new Batman/Bruce Wayne, who will be played by Robert Pattinson. The former Twilight star will be playing a younger version of Batman, closer to the start of his career. It was recently announced that Warner Brothers is circling Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright to play Commissioner James Gordon, and that Jonah Hill is being eyed as a villain—possibly the Riddler or the Penguin.
Who Will The Villains Be?
Although still unconfirmed, several different sources have reported that this movie will feature a metric ton of classic Batman rogues. The names popping up include Riddler, the Penguin, Catwoman, Two-Face, Mad Hatter, and Firefly. And there are rumors that those villains will still not be all we see in this film.
Given that this film is said to be a noir style mystery, many fans think it will be an adaptation of the comic book series The Long Halloween. That seminal miniseries featured nearly all of Batman’s villains, and had the Dark Knight following the trail of a killer in a year long detective story. Whether The Batman is a direct adaptation of this story or merely inspired by is itself still a mystery.
Is It Connected to the DCEU?
That remains unanswered. When Reeves took over the project, he assured fans that his film would indeed be within the confines of the continuity established by the previous DCEU movies like Man of Steel and Justice League. But with the casting of Pattinson, it seems all that might be tossed out a window. Pattinson could technically be playing a younger version of Affleck’s Batman, but it would be a stretch to imagine that Jeffrey Wright ages into J.K. Simmons. Although the DCEU continuity seemingly continues with sequels to Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Suicide Squad, odds are The Batman will take place in its own continuity.
When Is It Coming Out?
The Bat-Signal will light the sky once more on June 21, 2021.
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