From The Batman cast to secrets from the film set, here’s all the reasons you’ll want to be in the front row on March 4

ROBERT PATTINSON in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

©2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

With Robert Pattinson’s Batman rebooting the saga – and a rogues’ gallery of villains in his path – the Caped Crusader has never been deeper, darker or more dangerous.

From cast and crew to trailer and gadgets, here’s everything you need to know about The Batman 2022.

The Batman release date: 4th March

Why is there such a buzz about The Batman in 2022?

Even under normal circumstances, a new Batman movie is reason enough to clear your diary, kiss your family goodbye, cape up and camp outside the cinema for early tickets (top tip: download the myODEON app instead).

But right now, with The Batman release date set for 4th March, the excitement is at a pitch so feverish it’s only audible to flying rodents. Why?

Well, this new Batman film marks Twilight icon Robert Pattinson’s first run-out in the cape, cowl, eyeshadow and utility belt. His first spin in the Batmobile. His first tangle with a wishlist of Batman villains, including the Riddler, Catwoman and Penguin.

Forget Doctor Who regenerating or Bond going blond – the arrival of a new Dark Knight is a seismic cinema event. But Robert Pattinson as Batman isn’t the only reason to block out March 2022.

From the comic-inspired origin story to the go-faster new Batmobile – not to mention the curveballs of The Batman cast – this is the Caped Crusader’s world as you’ve never seen it before.

What do I need to know about The Batman in 2022?

Let’s start off by telling you what The Batman is not. It’s not a sequel to the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy. It’s not a continuation of the Ben Affleck Batman era (he left the franchise in January 2019). And it’s not a Justice League-style DC Extended Universe free-for-all: don’t expect to see Aquaman popping up from a Gotham City manhole cover.

ROBERT PATTINSON in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

©2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Instead, The Batman is an origin story done right, with director Matt Reeves rewinding the timeline to the character’s roots and picking up the thread of Batman’s second year as a crime-fighter. Reeves has stated that his favourite childhood comic storylines are loosely woven into the narrative, but that reports of a carbon copy of Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One (1987) arc are off the mark.

“I went on a deep dive again, revisiting all my favourite comics. Those all inform by osmosis. But we definitely aren’t doing Year One,” Reeves told the Television Critics Association.

It’s telling that Reeves has cited classics like The French Connection (1971), Chinatown (1974) and Taxi Driver (1976) as influences. The director sees his own film as a blend of the detective, action and psychological thriller genres - one look at The Batman trailer reveals this film is smarter than the average superhero flick, with Bats more sleuth than basic ass-kicker.

“I've talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story,” says the director, “in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham.”

What’s The Batman plot?

At the best of times, Gotham City is a nightmare vision of an urban hellscape, inky-black and belching steam. But when The Batman movie begins, Gotham is nothing less than a swirling cesspool of crime and corruption.

The most urgent problem facing Robert Pattinson’s Batman is the Riddler: a psychotic killer who takes as much delight in wordplay as his torturous methods of murdering his victims (death by duct tape, anyone?).

ROBERT PATTINSON in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

©2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

With the quizzical killer leaving a papertrail of greeting cards addressed ‘To The Batman’, and marking the bodies of his victims with accusations (‘No More Lies’), Batman realises this is more of a vendetta than a random crime spree – and the trail leads right back to his own murdered family.

“It opens up a whole new world of corruption,” Reeves told the DC Fandome. “But as that story starts to come out, it ends up being something that touches on his origins. As it starts to describe this epic history of corruption in Gotham, you start to understand, well, where did Bruce Wayne's family sit in that?”

PAUL DANO as The Riddler in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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Who’s in The Batman cast?

We’ll get to Robert Pattinson’s Batman. But the Caped Crusader has always had to compete for the spotlight with the saga’s villains – and The Batman cast has more than a few star players.

Firstly, forget all about Jim Carrey’s depiction of Riddler as a harmless loon in a lime-green jumpsuit. Recruiting There Will Be Blood’s Paul Dano for The Batman, Reeves has reimagined the villain as an eerie sadist in a leather mask and welding goggles.

“What Paul is doing is going to blow people’s minds,” says the director, describing the performance as “a version of the Riddler that no one has ever seen before.”

When it comes to Catwoman, Michelle Pfeiffer’s leather-wrapped moggy from Batman Returns is a tough act to top. But in The Batman, the genius of Zoë Kravitz’s interpretation is that she knows when to bite, scratch and hiss – but puts even more focus on Catwoman’s depths by examining her backstory as Selina Kyle.

“Where she comes from and where she is emotionally was a very important part of this story,” explains Kravitz. “So I actually chose to not really think of her as Catwoman.”

Likewise, Danny DeVito set a high bar for Penguin back in 1992 – but Colin Farrell’s disfigured crime lord is a different kettle of rancid fish, portraying the character while he’s still clinging to some shreds of humanity and prefers to be known by his original name, Oswald Cobblepot.

“The creation of it and the aesthetic of the character has been fun,” said the Irish actor. “There are some tasty scenes.”

ZOË KRAVITZ as Selina Kyle in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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As for the good guys, look out for Bond’s Jeffrey Wright as the first actor of colour to portray Commissioner Gordon, while we’ll meet a younger version of Bruce Wayne’s manservant Alfred Pennyworth in the form of Andy ‘Gollum’ Serkis.

There’s even a shiny new Batmobile, displayed at the Warner Brothers Hotel in Abu Dhabi and described by Screen Rant as “taking on a Mad-Max-meets-Knight-Rider look”.

ROBERT PATTINSON in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

©2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

What do we know about Robert Pattinson as Batman?

We’ve seen that Pattinson can lead a tentpole franchise (Twilight). And we know he has serious acting chops in his locker (The Lighthouse).

Now, Robert Pattinson’s Batman brings both worlds together, in a reading of the character that fuses the intensity of Christian Bale with a youthfulness we’ve not yet seen on the big screen.

“He looks like Batman,” considers Reeves, “but more than anything, he has the soul of someone, I think, that can play a Batman.”

Meanwhile, if there’s anyone out there who still thinks Pattinson is too much of a willowy indie kid to pull off the saga’s fight scenes, check out the crunching moment in The Batman Fandome teaser trailer when he punches a clown-faced perp twelve – twelve! – times.

“Rob had a very important part in designing the suit,” explains Reeves. “In that he had to be able to wear it, he had to be able to fight in it.”

Official poster for THE BATMAN, a Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release

©2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

What is The Batman release date?

The Batman release date is March 4th, and we can’t remember being more excited for a superhero reboot.

Naturally, bones will break and blood will spill. But after 83 years as DC’s most enigmatic character, Reeves says the USP of The Batman film is discovering the man behind the mask.

“Of course, it’s got action, all that kind of stuff,” says the director. “But at the end of it, it also is incredibly personal for Batman. It’s the story in which he’s trying to understand and unravel this mystery of his past…”

 


 

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