Set to make its cinematic debut on 25 June 2021, The Batman is the latest DC film featuring the Dark Knight. The film is written by Matt Reeves who has kept mum about the project for months.
Except to answer a random Q&A session on Twitter that doesn’t give much info on the upcoming film and send a cryptic tweet of a picture of Robert Pattinson with three emojis of the bat. Even though there’s no official statement about Pattinson being Bruce Wayne/Batman, it’s highly likely that he does.
Pattinson, who beat actors like Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, has talked about the role with TheWrap, though quite little. He said, “There’s a lot going on in here, lots of things going on in my head.”
Yep, still pretty vague there but no worries. We’ll be here, patiently waiting for an official update.
Meanwhile, here’s everything we know so far about The Batman movie:
1. Production will begin sometime now or early winter.
So we’re looking at the period of this second half of the year where they’ll start shooting the film. If that’s the case, it seems odd that they have yet to confirm Pattinson’s involvement and announce other cast members. Even Warner Bros is keeping tight-lipped.
2. The Batman may be a noir film that’s “thrilling but also emotional”.
Reeves has openly spoken about The Batman focusing on a younger Batman but not based on any of the comics, despite his personal love for them. Instead, it will be a “noir-driven definitive Batman story” where Batman is “the world’s greatest detective” and everything else that he is that made Reese a fan when he was a kid.
He confirms that there will be “more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films”, which is something that’s been lacking in the past Batman films.
He’s even been listening to ‘Thank God For the Rain’ from the Taxi Driver soundtrack on repeat. If that’s not telling of the kind of tone and atmosphere he’s setting for The Batman…
3. Batman does more sleuthing to catch bad guys.
The plot is likely to be showing more of Batman doing detective work as he tracks down criminals and solves crimes.
“It’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation,” Reeves told The Holywood Reporter.
To remind him to keep the story “as internal and emotional” as possible, Reeves interestingly has this New Yorker cartoon of Batman.
4. Pattinson to play a younger Batman than the one in the past films.
Since the plot sounds like there’s room for a “transformation” of sorts, it makes sense that Bruce/Batman will be between the age of late 20s to 30s. Plus, Pattinson is much younger than the previous Batman actors.
5. A few iconic villains may make their appearance.
It is rumoured that there will be more than one iconic villain in the film, though again it’s not yet known who exactly they are. Some say it could be Joker, Riddler or Poison Ivy.
The global pop icon Rihanna has been named to play Poison Ivy and even reported to be in talks with Warner Bros. While neither party has commented on that, Rihanna though did have a little fun with it as she teased fans with an Instagram post of her in a car with the caption “bat-mobile, but make it fashion! get into this matte leather-rubber fushion tho.”
Meanwhile, superhero film fan Eddie Redmayne has publicly declared to IMDB that he’d love to play The Riddler .
6. No connection to Todd Phillips’ Joker
Following the success of the latest Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, fans have been speculating that Batman may meet with the clown villain in the upcoming film. But according to Variety, Joker director Todd Phillips said no.
“Oddly, in the states, comic books are our Shakespeare it seems, and you can do many many versions of Hamlet. There will be many more jokers, I’m sure, in the future.”