The Batman starring Robert Pattinson and directed by Matt Reeves, was originally expected to debut June 25, 2021. And will now launch in theaters on Oct. 1, 2021. Warner Bros, has shaken up the release calendar for many of its upcoming films. Including The Batman and The Sopranos prequel, titled The Many Saints of Newark. Over the years, more than a few of Hollywood’s biggest names have donned the cowl. From Adam West’s lycra-clad crusader in the ’60s, to Christian Bale and his gritty, gravel-voiced modern take on Gotham’s protector – every new actor has something different to add to the role. Now, there’s a new dark knight on the prowl.
Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and starring some of Hollywood’s hottest talent, Warner Bros’ upcoming superhero drama is a whole new take on the world’s greatest detective. Similar – but not connected – to this year’s Joker origin story, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson in the lead and will be a standalone effort.
Eager to know more? Here’s everything we know so far about The Batman movie
Numerous films, including The Batman, have been forced to put production on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. Movie theaters in the U.S., and in much of the world, have also mandated to close because of the global heath crisis, causing studios to reshuffle movies scheduled for summer and fall of 2020 and beyond. The release date for The Batman has changed from June 2021 to the October of next year due to the coronavirus halting production on the film. Director Matt Reeves has spoken about how the coronavirus shutdown could affect the movie. Having a break from filming is allowing him to reconsider “the tone of things”.
As part of Warner Bros.’ announcement Monday, “The Many Saints of Newark” has been pushed from Sept. 25, 2020, to March 12, 2021. The studio has also rescheduled two of its DC superhero movies: “The Flash” moved forward a month, and will open on June 2, 2022, instead of July 1. Meanwhile, “Shazam 2” is hitting the big screen seven months later than anticipated, and is set to launch on Nov. 4, 2022, instead of April 1.
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When is The Batman out in cinemas?
Other titles that were impacted by the broad changes to Warner Bros.’ theatrical release calendar include Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, led by Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. It was scheduled to launch Oct. 1, 2021, and will now grace theaters on Nov. 5, 2021. “King Richard,” a sports drama starring Will Smith as the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, was pushed back a year, from Nov. 25, 2020, to Nov. 19, 2021. Elsewhere, the studio’s untitled Fred Hampton film has been pulled from the release calendar.
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For now, Warner Bros. is maintaining release dates for Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” (July 17) and its “Wonder Woman” sequel (Aug. 14).
As previously reported by the studio, “In the Heights,” an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical that was due out this summer, as well as animated adventure “Scoob” and James Wan’s thriller “Malignant” were shelved and remain without release dates.
President Donald Trump announced last week that cinemas might be able to slowly resume business in the coming months — steps that were part of a larger set of guidelines for how the country can reopen during the pandemic. While most tentpoles have already vacated their summer release dates, “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Tenet,” Universal’s comedy “The King of Staten Island” (June 19) and Disney’s live-action “Mulan” (July 24) optimistically remain.
Still, there’s no clear sign that multiplexes will be able to turn lights back on by then, meaning exhibitors could entirely miss out on one of the busiest times of year for moviegoing.
When is The Batman out in cinemas?
The Batman is due in US cinemas on October 1 2020. Its original release date of 25 June has been shifted due to delays related to the coronavirus. A UK release date has yet to be confirmed.
What’s The Batman‘s working title?
According to a recent listing on the website Production Weekly, The Batman‘s working title as it heads into production is currently Vengeance.
Robert Pattinson begins training for The Batman movie.
Robert Pattinson has officially begun preparing for Batman’s action sequences, as the first photos of him in training have been released.
The actor has been working with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu red and black belt athlete Rigan Machado, who has worked with the likes of Vin Diesel, Ashton Kutcher and Charlie Hunnam in the past. Machado posted a series of Instagram images with the caption “Jiujitsu brother”, showing the actor in fighting mode on a training mat.Pat-man is actually happening, folks. The former Twilight icon turned indie star was announced earlier this year, but he’s not completely sure how it happened at all. “It’s kind of insane,” Pattinson told Esquire this month. “I was so far away from ever thinking it was a realistic prospect. I literally do not understand how I’ve got it, at all.”
Pattinson previously teased an “interesting direction” for the new movie, saying it would be “something from the comics which hasn’t really been explored yet”. In an interview with Access in October 2019, Pattinson revealed that his The Lighthouse co-star Willem Dafoe could inspire his take on Batman’s recognisable voice. “Willem’s voice in this is quite inspiring for it to be honest. It is pretty similar to the voice I’m gonna do,” he explained. “I think Batman has a sort of pirate-y kind of voice, I think that would really suit him.”
Originally, Ben Affleck was supposed to reprise the role he’d filled for 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League. However, circumstances arose which meant the 47-year-old had to vacate the role as well as drop out of writing and directing the new project. Pattinson has revealed why he decided to return to big-budget films after a recent habit of choosing independent flicks, saying: “Big movies, generally the parts aren’t as interesting — at least the stuff that was coming my way. I guess there was some fear.” “I think I probably would have been a little bit nervous to have gone straight into [Batman] immediately after [Twilight],” he added.
Talking about putting on the iconic Batsuit for the first time, Pattinson added: “It’s maybe the craziest thing I’ve ever done in terms of movie stuff. I put it on. I remember saying to Matt [Reeves, writer/director], ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit. You do feel very powerful immediately. And it’s pretty astonishing, something that is incredibly difficult to get into, so the ritual of getting into it is pretty humiliating.
“You’ve got five people trying to shove you into something. Once you’ve got it on, it’s like, ‘Yeah, I feel strong, I feel tough, even though I had to have someone squeezing my butt cheeks into the legs.’” Pattinson has admitted that he was annoyed about the rumours of his casting before it was officially announced, mainly because he hadn’t even auditioned for the role yet and felt he might lose the role as a result.
“I hadn’t even done the audition,” he told Time Out. “It’s just nerve-wracking because I was really excited about it and you think: really, is this how I’m going to lose this role? It’s the most annoying circumstances to lose something.” Recalling being grilled about the reports at a film premiere, the actor added: “Everyone was like: ‘Is that true, is that true?’ And it wasn’t true at the time, I hadn’t got the job. It was pretty terrifying.”
When asked by GQ why Pattinson chose to do The Batman in the first place, the actor replied, “What are the reasons not to do it?” He added: “I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive playings of the character. “It’s fun when more and more ground has been covered. Like, where is the gap? You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version. And the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: Where’s my opening?”
Pattinson also added that he was attracted by the idea of a “legacy part”, explaining the attachment to such a character.”There’s so few things in life where people passionately care about it before it’s even happened,” he began. “You can almost feel that pushback of anticipation, and so it kind of energizes you a little bit. It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right? In some ways it’s, I don’t know… It makes you a little kind of spicy.”
Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman
UPDATE: Speaking about landing the part of Catwoman, Zoe Kravitz told Variety: “I was excited when I got the role, and usually when you get a job the people who are excited about it are you, your parents, your agent, your friends and that’s kind of it. “But when the press release came, I got more text messages and calls than I’ve gotten on my birthday, on my wedding day. All of a sudden, the reality began to sink in about what this means not only to me, but to everybody else culturally — and the fans of this universe are so dedicated and opinionated.”
She added: “Of course, I want to honor the fans and hope they like what I do with the role, but in order to do what I think I need to do with Catwoman I have to go internal and forget about the rest of the world.” As for working with Pattinson, Kravitz revealed ahead of filming: “I’ve never worked with him before, but we’ve been together for the last few weeks, I had to camera test with him and now we’ve been training together and rehearsing together and he’s just a delightful person and such a wonderful, thoughtful actor.
“I think he’s perfect for the role and it’s going to be such an adventure. I’m excited to have him as my partner in crime and to be there to support each other, because it’s intense. It’s going to be a long shoot and there’s a lot of pressure, and I know he has my back and I have his.” For the part of Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, Reeves has turned to someone a little more experienced in the art of the comic book movie.
Following her stint voicing the same character in The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Zoe Kravitz will star as Kyle, athletic burglar and – per the comics – long-running love interest of Batman. As detailed by The Hollywood Reporter last week (October 15), Kravitz clinched the role after reading with Pattinson and three other candidates. Director Matt Reeves seemed to confirm the casting on social media when he tweeted a short video of Kravitz answering her phone. Many fans can still remember Jim Carrey’s take on the crazed supervillain (1995’s Batman Forever), but now another of Hollywood’s zaniest stars will put their spin on Edward Nigma.
Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood) hit the headlines last week when it was revealed he was in talks to take on a role in Reeves’ The Batman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dano was confirmed last week, after previous rumours suggested Jonah Hill would be coming on board as the project’s lead villain. Light the Bat-signal, there’s a new police chief in town. Rumoured for most of the summer, Westworld favourite Jeffrey Wright has signed up to play Commissioner James W. Gordon in Reeves new movie.
Reluctant ally of Batman and detective for Gotham City Police Department, Gordon was previously played by Oscar-winner Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s critically-acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy. He is a suspicious-yet-loyal servant of justice who always has the public’s interest at heart. John Turturro as Carmine Falcone- Director Matt Reeves confirmed the casting of Turturro via Twitter on November 22. The actor will portray the underground crime boss who was first seen in 1987’s Batman: Year One.
Carmine Falcone has previously been played by Tom Wilkinson in 2005’s Batman Begins, with John Doman also taking on the role for the Gotham TV show.Matt Reeves confirmed that Peter Sarsgaard had joined the cast on Twitter on December 6, 2019. Insiders and fans were speculating that he will take on the role of Harvey Dent, AKA the villain Two-Face. But on January 28, 2020 in its official announcement of The Batman beginning principal photography, Warner Bros revealed Peter Sarsgaard’s character will be Gotham District Attorney Gil Colson, according to Cinema Blend. So despite him not playing Dent, like him, Sarsgaard’s character will work as Gotham City’s chief prosecutor.
The actor already has a personal connection to the Batman franchise as his wife, Maggie Gyllenhaal, played Rachel Dawes in 2008’s The Dark Knight. He also has a connection to DC Comics adaptations. He portrayed the villainous Hector Hammond in 2011’s Green Lantern.