First Look: Matt Reeves’ “The Batman”

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes “The Batman,” with director Matt Reeves (the “Planet of the Apes” films) at the helm and with Robert Pattinson (“Tenet,” “The Lighthouse,” “Good Time”) starring as Gotham City’s vigilante detective, Batman, and billionaire Bruce Wayne.

Also in the star-studded ensemble as Gotham’s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (the “Hunger Games” films) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Black Mass”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Barry Keoghan (“Dunkirk”) as Officer Stanley Merkel; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Dumbo”) as Oswald Cobblepot.

The Batman is set on an Earth set apart from the other DC Film but still apart of the larger DC Multiverse. It’s a Batman in his second year. This is not an origin story but elements within the mystery that Batman must unravel will lead him back to what made him become the Dark Knight. At this point the people of Gotham still do not see the Batman as a symbol for hope. The populace is afraid of him and still not sure about his true intentions. The film is a bit of an origin story for the villains Oswald Cobblepot, Edward Nigma, Selina Kyle and introduce a version of Alfred we have never seen before on the big screen. Reeves also touched on the Gotham PD spin-off series coming to HBO Max that will delve into the corruption of Gotham PD. It takes place during the first year emergence of the Batman and the affect it has on the police department.

Based on characters from DC. Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. “The Batman” is set to open in cinemas October 1, 2021 in select 3D and 2D and IMAX theaters and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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