The Batman: Cast, release date, and everything else we know about the movie

DC Comics’ Dark Knight has a long history in movies and television, and now he’s poised to return to the big screen in The Batman, the upcoming feature directed and written by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves. The film has a new release date, and we have our first peek at Batman’s new look, his new Batmobile, and other much-anticipated elements of the movie.

The Batman will be the character’s first solo feature since the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy and is scheduled to hit theaters in March 2022. Robert Pattinson takes over the role of the Dark Knight, and a number of other well-known faces will play some of Gotham’s most prominent citizens.

Here’s everything we know about The Batman so far:

  • Title: The Batman
  • Release date: March 4, 2022
  • Cast: Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell, Jeremy Irons, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright
  • Director: Matt Reeves

TV spot

The Riddler recites a nursery rhyme requesting justice “not lie,” to which Batman replies, “How am I worth it?” in a new TV spot for The Batman.

New set pictures and footage

Through set photos released on Twitter, we get a glimpse of the grim Gotham in which this Batman story takes place. We see urban decay, partially demolished buildings, and what may be the exterior of the Batcave.

📸 | Novas fotos do set de de The Batman no Warner Bros. Studios no UK.

Via: @DailyMailCeleb

— The Batman Brasil (@TheBatmanBRA) November 24, 2020

Uma parte do set apresentava um grande portão e portas de aço como parte da Gotham Harbor Iceberg Fishing, que pode ser uma das operações do Pinguim.

— The Batman Brasil (@TheBatmanBRA) November 24, 2020

📸 | Mais imagens novas do set de de The Batman.

Via: @DailyMailCeleb

— The Batman Brasil (@TheBatmanBRA) November 24, 2020

📸 | Mais imagens do set de de The Batman.

Via: @DailyMailCeleb

— The Batman Brasil (@TheBatmanBRA) November 24, 2020

Twitter was abuzz in October with footage of Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz (or their stunt doubles) cruising through Liverpool, England. Batman also made it up Liver Building.

‘The Batman’ set footage keeps rolling in! Here is Batman and Catwoman on their bikes. Super cool!

— DR Movie News 📽 (@DRMovieNews1) October 13, 2020

Batman is up the Liver Building…🦇 #TheBatman

— North West News (@HeartNWNews) October 15, 2020

Batman on top of the Royal Liver Building in #Liverpool. #TheBatman 🦇

📹 Olayka

— ScouseScene (@scousescene) October 14, 2020

Just Jared has a collection of new images from The Batman set, giving us a new look at some of the film’s important characters. Zoë Kravitz’ Selina Kyle looks dressed to impress while Colin Farrell is practically unrecognizable as Oswald Cobblepot.

Colin Farrell looks unrecognizable as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin on the set of “The Batman” with Robert Pattinson & Zoe Kravitz – see the set pics!

— (@JustJared) October 12, 2020

The release date

The expected release date for The Batman has been uncertain or frequently pushed back for most of the project’s development, but Warner Bros. Pictures initially set June 25, 2021, as the official premiere date for The Batman. That date was later pushed back to October 1, 2021, after production was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, and then was delayed again to March 4, 2022.

The most recent shifts in release date were caused by the coronavirus pandemic after production of The Batman was halted in March. The film had been shooting in the U.K. for seven weeks before shutting down. Matt Reeves indicated that filming was one-quarter completed when it went on hiatus.

The first trailer

Matt Reeves surprised fans at DC FanDome in August with an unannounced release of The Batman‘s first trailer (see above). Unsurprisingly, this appears to be an extremely dark and gritty take on the Caped Crusader story.

The trailer begins with Edward Nashton aka The Riddler (Paul Dano) duct-taping a corpse that we soon learn is popular mayor Don Mitchell. He leaves behind a coded greeting card that kicks off a new investigation by James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) and The Batman (Robert Pattinson) that certainly looks like it gets graphic in a hurry. There’s a dingier, more noir-esque look to this trailer, which is right in line with what Reeves teased this movie would look like.

The logo

After Warner Bros. Pictures announced plans for a virtual panel dedicated to The Batman to be held during its DC FanDome event — an online comic convention of sorts occurring August 22-23 — director Matt Reeves offered a preview of the studio’s presentation by revealing the official logo for the film.

Excited to share the very first look at our official #TheBatman logo, and some very cool additional #DCFanDome artwork by the amazing @jimlee — see more of #TheBatman at the #DCFanDome global event in the Hall of Heroes this Saturday, 8/22! #TheBatman #DCFanDome #ForTheFans

— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) August 20, 2020

Reeves’ update on Twitter included two images: The logo for The Batman and a piece of promotional art for the film created by Jim Lee, the legendary artist and current publisher and chief creative officer for DC Comics.

The story

Like the Aquaman and Wonder Woman solo movies, The Batman is expected to focus on DC Comics’ famous Dark Knight while unfolding within — but perhaps less directly connected to — the studio’s DC Comics cinematic universe. Reeves has described the story he’s developing as “noir-driven” with Batman “investigating a particular case that takes us out into the world of Gotham.”

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