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The Batman Movie Watch – news and insider info on The Batman movie (March 4, 2022).

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Introduction to The Batman movie

“Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.”

Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin. The movie will find Batman in his second year of fighting crime and explore his burgeoning feud with the Riddler.

Principal photography began in January 2020 in London, under the working title Vengeance. After a COVID-19 delay, filming resumed in Liverpool , with a location doubling for Gotham City Hall. Later, filming also took place within Liverpool at Anfield Cemetery and the Royal Liver Building. Industrial Light & Magic is providing the same virtual production technology that was used on the The Mandalorian, rendering backgrounds in real time using a wall of LED panels surrounding the sets. Exterior shots and stunt scenes for Gotham City were filmed in Chicago.

The Batman is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 4, 2022. Its release was delayed twice from an initial June 2021 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two sequels are planned, while a spin-off prequel television series is in development for HBO Max.

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The Batman movie watch – news, leaks, insider info, and more.

Secret promotional website for The Batman has been seized by… the Gotham Police Department? March 30, 2022

We’re not sure what this means but the fan-favorite promotional website for The Batman (https://www.rataalada.com/), has been taken down and replaced with this seizure notice.

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This could just mean the end of the promotional website or it could be leading into something more – like a promo for DC’s next big project.

The “rataalada” website was uncovered by fans after figuring out the hidden messages on the film’s official posters. Periodically, the website was updated with new riddles for fans to solve, rewarding the audience with clips and pictures from the movie. Once The Batman was finally available, fans found out the website also existed in the movie’s universe, being used by the Dark Knight (Robert Pattinson) to talk to the Riddler.

Rumor mill says The Batman to premiere on HBO Max around April 19. March 16, 2022

Sources confirm that they have been told to expect “The Batman” will arrive on HBO Max around April 19. Deadline also reported the platform accidentally ran an advance ad for the date; it has since been removed.

The Batman passes $400 Million worldwide in second weekend at the box office. March 13, 2022

While “The Batman” opened in most countries on Friday, March 4, 2022, there were a couple of big stragglers in Asia. The movie just hit theaters in Japan on Friday, March 11, and it will open in China on Friday, March 18. China is the world’s biggest movie market, so that should give “The Batman” an even bigger bump at the box office.

In the meantime, Forbes reports that “The Batman” “should pass $200 million domestic and $400 million worldwide” on its second Saturday “as it races toward $235 million domestic and over/under $470 million worldwide” by Sunday, March 13.

The Batman soars to a $134M opening. March 7, 2022

The Batman — starring Robert Pattinson in his first turn as the brooding crime fighter — flew to a huge $134 million in its domestic box office debut to secure the second-best opening of the pandemic era behind 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home. It’s also director Matt Reeves’ biggest opening to date and only the second picture since December 2019 to cross $100 million at the box office in its first frame.

More early reviews for The Batman sing its praises. March 3, 2022.

Reviews are pouring in and overall, The Batman is fairing very well. Here’s a collection of what critics are saying:

“An ambitious and very dark thriller that takes its hero back to his noirish roots.”

Newsday

The first Batman movie to feel not just dark but diseased, like something unclean teetering on the edge of an apocalypse. This is what makes it interesting and, in a number of places, very good.

Ty Burr’s Watch List

The Batman movie you’ve been waiting for.. Pattinson is great

Moviehole

After gobs of Marvel Cinematic Universe cotton candy, its refreshing to get a superhero movie with this much attitude, vision and thematic command.

Nashville Scene

Pattinson is a perfect fit for the cowl and cape in this gritty, pacy and achingly stylish adventure.

Daily Star

It takes nearly three hours for The Batman to tell its story and that story, while familiar, is the Batman story I’ve been waiting for my whole life.

The Independent

A magnificently dark vision that resets expectations about the character and his place in the world.

Dallas Film Now

What it does do, quite effectively, is tell a solid Batman story, with the most soulful and vulnerable Batman to ever grace the big screen.

NPR

In Matt Reeves confident hands, everything is breathtakingly alive and new.

Roger Ebert

The Batman’s Russia release has been pulled by Warner Bros. in reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. February 28, 022

Warner Bros. has announced they will be halting the Russian premiere of Matt Reeves’ highly-anticipated “The Batman.” The film was due out on March 3, 2022, as part of the film’s global release schedule. Warner Bros said in a statement:

“In light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia is pausing the release of its feature film The Batman in Russia. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to this tragedy.”

Early reviews for The Batman say it just might be the bat Batman movie yet. February 28, 2022

The first reviews are coming in and all indications say The Batman will be a big hit. Here’s what Slash Film said:

“I don’t know if it would be fair to call “The Batman” original. Not only is it drawing on decades of comic books, it’s also heavily riffing on several different movies. Reeves isn’t shy about wearing his influences on his sleeve, and there are moments here that recall “Klute,” “L.A. Confidential,” “Zodiac,” and, most prominently of all, “Se7en.” But none of that makes the film derivative. Despite its noticeable callbacks, “The Batman” somehow seems innovative. Invigorating, even. It’s a reminder that even in our current franchised movie landscape, a damn good director can still do something fresh with the familiar. “

New Batman trailer surprises at NBA All Stars game. February 20, 2022

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the introduction of the long-awaited The Batman and Warner Bros. drops a surprise trailer on us! The trailer was shown during the NBA All Star Game 2022 and is crammed with new footage.

Broadcaster Brian Anderson was beginning the transition to a commercial break when the video board outside Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland began flickering. Green text appeared: “unmask the truth”. Then a silhouette of The Batman appears on the roof of the arena below the bat-signal illuminating in the clouds above him. Anderson gave play-by-play of the scene.

“You guys getting this in the truck? Something’s happening outside. Hold up, is that the Bat-Signal? I think the Batman’s on the roof. And I can’t believe what I’m seeing.”

New Dolby The Batman poster shows the Dark Knight in a new light. February 10, 2022

A new Dolby Cinema poster for The Batman was released today showing Batman alit by the Batsignal.

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The Batman special IMAX event sells out after fans flock for tickets to the one-night-only offering. February 9, 2022

Lucky fans who have been eagerly awaiting the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Batman” on March 4 quickly snatched up tickets to see it three days earlier, on March 1, with DC Presents THE BATMAN Fan First Premieres Exclusively in IMAX. Yesterday, tickets for the fan event went on sale in more than 350 US IMAX theaters. Sellouts were reported in many locations within the first 15 minutes.

The Batman gets an IMAX poster. February 7, 2022

The Batman released an extra-wide IMAX film poster today – in two pieces. We’ve stitched them together below. Nice!

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Robert Pattinson all-but-confirms sequel to The Batman. February 2, 2022

Sequels to The Batman have of course, been expected. But this week, lead Robert Pattinson all-but-confirmed The Batman was the first in a series of films. Speaking to Total Film, he said:

“When I saw it the first time, even from the first shot, it does feel incredibly different, tonally, to the other movie. And it’s so strange, and kind of… It’s sad, and quite touching. It’s a really, really unusual Batman story, and it almost seems harder for me to imagine it being a series afterwards. I mean, they always have that little bit at the end, that’s like: ‘…and coming up!’ But other than that, it feels strangely personal. I think people will be quite shocked at how different it is.”

New Total Film covers gives us a new look at Batman. January 28, 2022

The Batman made the cover of Total Film in an exclusive subscriber special edition cover. Check it out.

New posters shows The Batman and the gang against a fiery background. January 26, 2022

Warner Bros. released a new The Batman poster today from the studio’s India division. The new poster showcases multiple characters from the film against a fiery backdrop.

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Official theme for The Batman released today – and man, is it dark. January 21, 2022

Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Spider-Man: No Way Home, Jojo Rabbit) today unveiled a main theme for Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Check it out in the video below.

Two new posters released for The Batman. January 19, 2022

DC and Warner Bros. released two new posters to tout the March release of The Batman. Set in his second year of fighting crime, Batman targets corruption in New Jersey’s Gotham City while chasing the Riddler.

The first shows a grim-faced side profile of Batman with the byline “vengeance lies behind the mask. Check out the new art for The Batman, only in theaters on March 4.” The second features a brooding Batman alongside Catwoman, tagged with “The Bat and the Cat – it’s got a nice ring to it. Check out the new art for The Batman, only in theaters March 4.”

Get comfortable. The Batman runtime is reported to be nearly 3 hours long. January 19, 2022

An Australian IMAX theater listing is reporting the runtime for The Batman to be 176 minutes, just 4 minutes shy of the three-hour mark. Officially, the runtime has not been released by Warner Bros.

The Batman avoids R-rating and receives MPA PG-13. January 12, 2021

“The Batman” has received its official rating from the MPA, which is PG-13 for “strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material”​​, avoiding a R-rating that many surmised the film would receive.

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar says he does not expect The Batman release date to change again. January 11, 2021

The Batman movie has already been pushed twice, first from July 2021 to October, then to March 4 of this year (it will stream on HBO Max 45 days later). WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar recently spoke to Variety about the film’s release plan amid the pandemic. While the studio is keeping a close eye on the Coronavirus/COVID pandemic, he said he feels optimistic about keeping the release date.

“We’re certainly paying attention to everything going on with omicron. We feel good about the date right now. We’re gonna watch it day by day.”

Warner Bros. releases several set images from The Batman. January 10, 2021

Warner Brothers today dropped several new images from the set of The Batman. Included in the images are an upside-down shot (presumably taken from The Penguin’s perspective), Colin Farrell’s The Penguin, Batman talking to Zoe Cravitz’s Catwoman, Batman and Jeffrey Wright’s Commissioner Gordon examining evidence in the morgue, and director Matt Reeves directing Robert Pattinson’s Batman. And we threw in a couple of new images of The Penguin and The Riddler. Check out the new images in the pictorial gallery below.

Warner Bros. releases new The Batman movie posters and the first official trailer. December 27, 2021

Lots of Holiday surprises from Warner Bros. with regards to the highly-anticipated The Batman film. Today we receive new official posters and the first official teaser for The Batman, titled The Bat and The Cat. Vengeance equals justice for both the Bat and the Cat. Watch the new trailer for The Batman below.

And check out the newest posters in the pictorial gallery below.

In The Batman, Bruce Wayne and Alfred are not on speaking terms. December 21, 2021

In a recent interview with Empire, actor Andy Serkis, who plays Alfred the butler, explained how The Batman begins with Alfred and Bruce Wayne not on speaking terms.

“Bruce is on this nihilistic journey, and they’ve pulled apart … It’s got to the point where they almost no longer talk. If they bump into each other in the corridor, it’s a very icy and painful greeting. They almost live in separate worlds now.”

Warner Bros. is testing two cuts of The Batman – and one doesn’t include Barry Keoghan’s mysterious character. December 10, 2021

There has been a wild rumor going around ever since The Batman started its test screenings that Eternals star Barry Keoghan will appear in the film as The Joker. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is testing two cuts of Matt Reeves’ The Batman, and the studio expected to make a decision on which cut to go with after the final test screening occurred last week. It’s also being reported that Barry Keoghan’s character only appears in one of those cuts.

New Batman synopsis reveals new details on what to expect from the upcoming The Batman film. November 24, 2021

Warner Bros. released a new synopsis for The Batman and it looks like it’s going to be a dark, dark mystery.

“Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.”

Batman budget reveals a surprisingly cheap film. October 26, 2021

According to sources, The Batman only cost the studio around $100 million to make. This is significantly less than prior Batman productions such as The Dark Knight Rises ($250 million) and Batman Begins ($150 million).

New The Batman trailer released. Here’s a breakdown and all the Easter eggs you might have missed. October 16, 2021

At DC Fandome on October 16, DC released an extended The Batman trailer. It is much longer than the one released at last year’s Fandome and the stylized cinematography – wow. We gotta say, if we dare gauge the movie solely by its trailer, Matt Reeves’ vision could be the best Batman movie ever. Check out The Batman trailer below.

Easter eggs and interesting scenes from The Batman trailer

The lonely diner in the lonely diner

Notice the lonely diner (a direct takeoff of the famous Nighthawks painting) and the elevated subway stairs next to it. Recall in many storylines, the Batcave is in an abandoned subway station.

And the lonely diner in the lonely diner – yep, the calling card tells us that is The Ridder (Paul Dano). Did you notice his face is never shown? In fact, his face is hidden in the arrest scene and when Batman visits him in jail.

The riddle

In the overhead scene of The Riddler’s chalked messages, we see the following clues:

  • “No more lies – Colson” Colson is the district attorney and chief prosecutor of Gotham City.
  • “The sins of my father??” (emphasized by being drawn in a box)
  • “Savage”
  • “Mitchell” Likely refers to Gotham City Mayor Don Mitchell.
  • “Renewal is a lie”

The Riddler is a serial killer?

Notice the quick shot of the crowd watching the outdoor bigscreen news report. It’s a picture of the Riddler and the GC1 caption” Serial Killer livestreams”. That’s a pretty blunt assessment the film’s villain.

A new Batsignal

The Batsignal is a new design and yeah, it’s pretty ominous. And by Batman’s explanation of the Batsignal, we can tell this version of Batman is pretty angry. “When that light hits the sky, it’s not just a call. It’s a warning.”

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A grim warning

That quick shot of a hand holding what appears to be a binder or folded cardboard. It reads: “See you in hell.” Yikes!

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And of course, the Batmobile!

We got a good look at the new Batmobile. It’s a much more practical version of the famous ride that seen in previous movies. It is interestingly raised in the back (and front?) like a 4WD hot rod. And simplistic customizations to the front and rear likely hide what is a technological beast under the covers.

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Here are a few screen grabs from the video:

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And finally, we have a new Behind the Scenes (BTS) clip. Our best takeaway: “The first conversation I had with Matt about it, I just knew that there was something radically different from anything we had seen in the Batman movies before.”

More The Batman teases ahead of DC Fandome. October 16, 2021

Lots of new stuff being teased for The Batman film ahead of today’s DC Fandome event. First, we have new posters from Warner Bros.

This was followed by a Tweet giving us a new glimpse of Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle.

More teasers for The Batman as DC Fandome approaches. October 14, 2021

Matt Reeves teases us via Twitter today.

Colin Farrell says his appearance in The Batman is very small.

Colin Farrell says he is playing Oswald Cobblepot, the Penguin, but only in a few scenes in The Batman.

“I’m only in it for five or six scenes [as Penguin], so I can’t wait to see the film ’cause it won’t be ruined by my presence. It’s a freebie for me. I’ll get a little uncomfortable for the f—ing nine minutes I have and then the rest I cannot wait to see how [Reeves] brought this world to life.”

The Batman wraps up shooting

The Batman filming is complete! Director Mat Reeves shared photos of the production clapboard in celebration.

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New photos of the Batmobile from The Batman (March 4, 2020)

Director Matt Reeves released photos of the new Batmobile. Looks a bit old-school, eh?

Set photos of Robert Pattinson as Batman

New set photos hit Twitter.

First look at Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight

The first footage for ‘The Batman’ movie is here and it gives us our first good look at Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight. Director Matt Reeves debuted the first look at “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson on Saturday during DC FanDome’s virtual event.

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Oh, no! Terence Winter leaves HBO Max’s upcoming The Batman spinoff TV series over “creative differences”.

HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television are going to have to find someone else to fulfill their vision of the show. Terence Winter, of Sopranos and The Wolf of Wall Street fame, was set to write and act as showrunner on Matt Reeves’ The Batman spinoff TV series at HBO Max. Turns out Winter’s vision did not align with that of Reeves and other producers of the show. He has left the project.

The Batman television series will follow Reeves’ upcoming film, The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson. HBO signed up Winter as writer for a new series that was to be set inside the Gotham City Police Department where Batman examines the anatomy of corruption inside the city. The show was handed a straight to series order at HBO Max five months ago and is supposed to launch a new Batman universe across Warner Bros. platforms.

Variety reported on the conseuqneces of Winter’s departure:

“Winter leaving the project represents a significant loss for the show given his prodigious track record of working on expansive, gritty crime dramas like “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire.” When the series order was announced, Reeves described working with Winter as “an absolute dream.”

Neither HBO nor Warner Bros. have commented on the “creative differences” that caused Winter’s departure. It’s hard to imagine Winter’s gritty style being too gritty for an HBO series though.

The Batman film is set to hit theaters in March 2022.