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The Batman is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. Produced by DC Films and 6th & Idaho and set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is a reboot of the Batman film franchise. The film is being directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig. It stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman, alongside Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell. Set in his second year of fighting crime, the film sees Batman uncover corruption in Gotham City while facing a serial killer known as the Riddler.
Development began in 2014. Ben Affleck, who portrayed Batman in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), planned to direct, produce, co-write, and star. His story, co-written with Geoff Johns and set in the DCEU, featured Batman facing Deathstroke. However, Affleck chose not to write or direct in 2017 due to his dissatisfaction with the script, and Reeves was hired to take over. He reworked Affleck’s story to focus on a younger Batman, and sought to emphasize the detective side of the character to a greater extent than previous Batman films. Comics that inspired Reeves included “Year One” (1987), Batman: The Long Halloween (1996–1997), and “Ego” (2000).
Affleck left The Batman entirely in January 2019 due to personal issues. The film’s connections to the DCEU were removed and Pattinson was cast in May 2019 following an extensive auditioning process; further casting took place in late 2019. Principal photography lasted from January 2020 to February 2021 and took place in Chicago and throughout England; some scenes were shot using the StageCraft virtual production technology developed by cinematographer Greig Fraser. Production was suspended between March and September 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the film’s release date being delayed twice from an original June 2021 date.
The Batman is scheduled for release in the United States on March 4, 2022. Two sequels are planned and two spin-off television series are in development for HBO Max.