Batman has been one of the most consistent DC Comics franchise in history, especially in the modern era. He’s had numerous TV shows and cartoons made about him, plenty to straight-to-DVD move hits, and one of the most successful trilogies in movie history via Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. And now, the next entry in the Dark Knight’s movie history is going to arrive soon in the form of The Batman.
This version of Bruce Wayne/Batman will not be tied with the DCEU (which is getting its next two movies soon via Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984), but will be its own separate thing (not unlike Joker was last year). Director Matt Reeves posted this image on Twitter signifying that production had truly begun on the film.
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) January 27, 2020
The movie is set to include an ensemble cast from Robert Pattinson (Bruce Wayne/Batman) to Zoe Kravitz (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Jeffrey Wright (Jim Gordon), and Paul Dano (The Riddler), but is also set to include Andy Serkis, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jayme Lawson.
As far as the theme of the movie, Matt Reeves has said his fascination with Batman has to deal with the detective side of the character. The one that is able to solve a mystery, meaning that his take will be by his own admission very Noir-style in terms of how its portrayed. In a previous interview he noted that the whole movie is “on his shoulders” and that this movie will be able to show a side of The Batman that hasn’t been viewed outside of TV and cartoons before.
Many fans have noted that with the wealth of villains already confirmed for the film (Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, possibly more), that this will play like a long mystery where Batman is trying to find out which criminal did a certain crime.
Though production is starting now, the movie itself won’t release until June 25th, 2021.