Produced by DC Films as well as dispersed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it was created as the eleventh movie in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) as well as a reboot of the Batman movie franchise business. The movie is routed by Matt Reeves, that composed the movie script with Mattson Tomlin. It celebrities Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman, with Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Jayme Lawson, Andy Serkis, as well as Colin Farrell completing the set actors.
After being cast as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck started creating a DCEU Batman movie with Geoff Johns as well as was connected to guide, create, create, as well as celebrity. In January 2017, Affleck tipped down from training as well as composing after fighting with the tale as well as can concentrate on having fun Batman. Reeves took control of directorial as well as scripting responsibilities the list below month. He reworded the tale to concentrate on a more youthful Batman, intending to highlight the investigative element of the personality to a higher level than earlier movies. Affleck tipped down from starring in January 2019, as well as Pattinson was cast the adhering to May. Principal digital photography started in London, England, in January 2020, although manufacturing has actually been forever put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Batman is arranged to be released on October 1, 2021.
- Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman: A billionaire socialite as well as successor of Wayne Enterprises commits himself to shielding Gotham City from its criminal abyss as a concealed vigilante. Batman is around 30 years of ages in the movie as well as neither a seasoned superhero neither a starting criminal activity boxer. Director Matt Reeves mentioned: “I just felt like well, what I'd love to do is to get a version of this Batman character where he's not yet fully formed. Where there's something to do in this context with who that guy would be in this world today and to ground him in all of these broken ways. Because at the end of the day, this guy is doing all of this to deal with trauma in his past.” Since his Twilight movies, Pattinson had actually prevented significant franchise business, intending to prevent paparazzi as well as locating those functions boring, however joined to play Batman since he saw the personality's absence of superpowers uncommon. He explained his Batman as flawed, unlike standard comics personalities, as well as claimed his voice was motivated by his Lighthouse costar Willem Dafoe's voice because movie. In prep work, Pattinson learnt Brazilian jiu-jitsu with teacher as well as John Wick graduate Rigan Machado. Christian Bale, that played Batman in The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), sustained Pattinson, urging him to “make [the role] his very own” as well as neglect doubters. Pattinson likewise got guidance from The Dark Knight Trilogy's supervisor, Christopher Nolan, whom he collaborated with on Tenet. Ben Affleck depicted the personality in previous DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movies as well as was readied to repeat his duty prior to tipping down in January 2019.
- Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman:
- Kravitz, that formerly articulated the personality in The Lego Batman Movie (2017), was selected over a number of starlets, consisting of Zazie Beetz, Eiza González, Ella Balinska, Ana de Armas, as well as Alicia Vikander. Kravitz claimed that in comparison to Batman, that stands for maleness, Catwoman stands for feminineness, as well as “femininity represents power, and I think it's a different kind of power than masculine power… slightly more complicated, and softer, too.” Kravitz attracted ideas from Michelle Pfeiffer, that depicted the personality in Batman Returns (1992).
- Paul Dano as Edward Nashton / Riddler
- Jeffrey Wright, as James Gordon: The Gotham City Police Department commissioner as well as an ally of Batman. Wright is the very first star of colour to represent the personality, that was formerly stood for by J. K. Simmons in the DCEU movie Justice League (2017). Simmons shared passion in repeating his duty however was changed by Wright in October 2019.
- John Turturro as Carmine Falcone
- Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson: Gotham's area lawyer.
- Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál: A mayoral prospect in Gotham.
- Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth: Batman's butler as well as coach. Jeremy Irons depicted the personality in previous DCEU movies as well as was readied to repeat his duty, however was changed by Serkis in November 2019.
- Colin Farrell as Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot / Penguin
- Additionally, Gil Perez-Abraham, Charlie Carver, as well as Max Carver have actually continued to be actors in concealed functions.
In May 2019, Robert Pattinson, Nicholas Hoult, Armie Hammer, as well as Aaron Taylor-Johnson got on the shortlist to change Affleck as Batman, Pattinson being the frontrunner. Reeves started to take into consideration Pattinson early in advancement however doubted if he would certainly intend to participate as well as did not call him. Pattinson's avoidance of “big studio franchise films” meant he had not appeared in any of rival Marvel Studios' projects, something that made him desirable to Warner Bros. Hoult was the other major contender for the role. While Hoult had arrived in the Marvel Comics-based X-Men films, those did not take place in Marvel Studios' Marvel Cinematic Universe. As Kit noted, “Hoult spent large chunks of those movies unrecognizable” due to his makeup.
Reeves “spent hours poring over the two actors' work,” and in April, met with them both. By May 20, they were the only contenders, and both flew to Burbank, California, for a screen test. Reeves, who “wanted particular things” for the role, chose Pattinson, and on May 31, Pattinson was cast. Pattinson's casting leaked shortly before he screen-tested, with Pattinson recalling: “I was fucking furious. Everyone was so upset. Everyone was panicking from my team. I sort of thought that had blown up the whole thing.” The casting was also met with backlash from Batman fans—with some setting up a Change.org petition to have it reversed—but Pattinson said he found responses “less vitriolic than I was expecting […] it's much more fun when you're an underdog. There's no expectation of you.”
Jeffrey Wright entered negotiations to play James Gordon in September, and Jonah Hill began negotiations to play either the Riddler or the Penguin. In October, Wright was cast, but Hill exited talks. According to Variety's Justin Kroll, Hill wanted to be paid $10 million—more than double the amount that Pattinson would certainly make—while Kit wrote that Warner Bros. as well as Hill could not decide which role he would take. Additionally, Zoë Kravitz was cast as Selina Kyle / Catwoman (reprising her role from 2017's The Lego Batman Movie) following a screen test with Pattinson; Ana de Armas, Ella Balinska, and Eiza González also auditioned for the role. Paul Dano was cast as the Riddler soon afterward. In November, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell, and John Turturro were cast as Alfred Pennyworth, the Penguin, and Carmine Falcone, respectively. Jayme Lawson also joined the cast as a politician, while Peter Sarsgaard was cast in December.
In October 2019, Reeves announced that his frequent collaborator Michael Giacchino would be composing the film's score. Later that month, Giacchino confirmed that he had already finished writing the central theme because he was so excited to do so. In film production, the music is not written until later, however since Giacchino composed the music early on, he and Reeves were able to use it in promotional materials. Giacchino said he “felt total freedom to do whatever I want. Matt always agreed; this is our Batman; this is our vision. In the same way that I always loved, what I still do about Batman comics and graphic novels is that each of these artists takes their crack at what they want this to be. It's their version of Batman.”
On February 13, 2020, Reeves released “moody, red-saturated” test footage, revealing Pattinson's in his Batman costume and Giacchino's theme. The one-minute video generated a great deal of speculation and discussion of what approach the film would take in depicting Batman's world. Chris Evangelista of /Film thought Pattinson “looks much different than any onscreen Batman we've seen before.” At the same time, Richard Newby of The Hollywood Reporter identified the Batsuit's various references to previous incarnations. Newby also noted that the bat emblem on the costume's chest bore a resemblance to a pistol, and wondered if it was the pistol used to kill Batman's parents in his origin story. The footage's use of the colour red also led to a discussion of how The Batman would differ tonally from previous Batman changes. On March 4, 2020, Reeves released an image of the film's Batmobile. Dino-Ray Ramos of Deadline Hollywood opined that it “seems sexier and more smooth than Batmobiles from the past” and “gives off some serious James Bond-meets-Fast and Furious energy and seems right on point for Pattinson.”
The Batman is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States on October 1, 2021. It was originally scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021, but was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Batman is intended to be the first of a Batman film trilogy. In November 2019, Kroll and Brent Lang of Variety reported that key cast members are signed on to reprise their roles in future DC movies.