The Batman is a superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, and the ninth live-action Batman film. It is directed by Matt Reeves and co-written by Reeves and Mattson Tomlin, with Michael Giacchino composing the score. Like Joker, the film is not set in the concurrent DC Extended Universe, but in its own Alternate Continuity.
Its story follows Bruce Wayne / The Batman during the second year of his career as the Dark Knight, as he tracks a Serial Killer leaving cryptic riddles addressed "To the Batman" on his victims. Along the way, he crosses paths with street gangs, Dirty Cops, Organized Crime, and a Classy Cat-Burglar named Selina Kyle. The film draws inspiration from multiple previous Batman works, including Zero Year, The Long Halloween, Batman: Ego, and Batman: Earth One.
The Batman's All-Star Cast includes Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / The Batman, Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton / The Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin and Barry Keoghan as Stanley Merkel, as well as Peter Sarsgaard and Jayme Lawson as characters original to the film (the former being the Gotham District Attorney).
The film is due to release on March 4, 2022. Prior to its release, it was announced that a handful of Spin-Off television series were in development at HBO Max, both executive produced by Reeves and Dylan Clark. The first is set to explore the first year of Batman's war on crime from the perspective of the corrupt Gotham City Police Department, while the second is touted as an origin story for this film's iteration of the Penguin.
The Batman contains examples of:
- Adaptational Ugliness: Downplayed. Though not unattractive, Bruce Wayne out of costume is far more gaunt and unkempt-looking when compared to the dashingly charming Christian Bale version or the lantern-jawed Ben Affleck portrayal. Robert Pattinson's Bruce looks noticeably more haggard, pale and sallow, with lank hair and visibly Exhausted Eye Bags.
- Battle in the Rain: In the first trailer Batman confronts a Gang of Hats during a downpour, delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to the first one who comes at him.
- Beta Outfit: In the teasers, Selina Kyle's not-yet-Catwoman burglar outfit still has some slight folds at the top of her ski mask that resemble cat ears.
- Civvie Spandex: In the trailers, Selina is wearing a makeshift Catwoman costume made up of a ski mask and black jumpsuit.
- Cool Car: The trailers show the Batmobile is a jet black, supercharged, mid-engine muscle car with a jet-engine looking exhaust.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In the teaser, a goon attacks Batman with a machete. Batman easily pummels him to the ground with one hand. Then keeps hitting him.
- Explosive Leash: In the teaser, one of the Riddler's victims is revealed to have an explosive device attached to his neck after exiting the vehicle he just crashed into a funeral in a church, with Riddler eventually detonating the device when Batman is standing in front of the man.
- Gang of Hats: In the trailers, Batman confronts a street gang that all have matching versions of white and black face paint done up to look like Monster Clowns.
- Hell Is That Noise: The opening of the teaser is eerily cut to the sounds of the Riddler stretching out a roll of duct tape as he prepares to wrap a guy's face in it.
- Implacable Man: In an Implacable Batmobile in the FanDome trailer. Thinking he blew up the pursuing Batman, Penguin loudly exclaims "HAHA, I GOT YOU! I GOTCHYOU!" as his car speeds away... only for the Batmobile to burst through the fireball, land with a bounce, and then ram Penguin's car so hard he loses control and flips.
- Malevolent Masked Men: The trailers show this version of the Riddler wearing a military cold weather full-face mask.
- Mythology Gag: The trailers depict Riddler as a serial killer which borrows from Batman: Earth One Volume 2.
- In the FanDome teaser, Batman's response to "The hell are you supposed to be?" is "I'm vengeance."
- The first trailer shows an unmasked Bruce wearing black eyeshade, referencing the previously non-diegetic makeup in previous live-action Batman films used to blend his skin into the mask, which would just disappear once he unmasked.
- In the teaser, Bruce is shown out of costume during daylight, but doing Batman stuff on a motorcycle, hiding his face with a helmet and scarf (and wearing eyeshade), akin to Batman: Year One where he made a point of never wearing the Batsuit except at night.
- The trailers show Batman confronting a group of goons who are all wearing Monster Clown makeup, a trademark of goons who work for The Joker.
- The second trailer where Riddler is arrested at the diner takes some inspiration from the opening scene of Batman: Arkham Knight.
- The simplified bat insignia◊ on this version's batsuit, which omits the tail and head, harkens to the original Golden Age suit.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In the FanDome teaser, Batman completely punches an overconfident mook's face in when he gets the bright idea to attack him on his own.
- Nothing Is Scarier: The second trailer goes through great efforts to obscure Riddlers unmasked face.
- Social Media Before Reason: One of the thugs with white face paint that Batman confronts in the teaser films the whole things with his phone, right before Batman's brutal beatdown on the gang member who dared to attack him.
- Terror Hero: In the FanDome teaser, Batman delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to a mook while a crowd of his fellow gang members watches on in stunned silence.
Batman: How am I a part of this?
Riddler: You'll see.