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The Batman is a 2022 superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is directed by Matt Reeves and stars Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, with Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell. The film was released in theaters on March 4, 2022.

Plot

During Halloween of Batman's second year, Mayor Don Mitchell Jr. is murdered by a masked killer. The body is left with a message directed towards Batman, leading Gordon to call him in to help investigate. Before being ordered to leave by Commissioner Savage, Batman finds a cryptograph on the scene and, with help from Alfred, learns that the graph is directing him to a thumb drive. On it, he discovers evidence of Mitchell's association with the Falcone Crime Family and a woman outside the Iceberg Lounge, a front run by the Penguin.

Infiltrating the Iceberg Lounge, Batman meets with Penguin to identify the woman, during which he meets waitress Selina Kyle. After realizing she knows the person he's looking for, Batman follows her and learns she is Annika Kosolov, Kyle's roommate and best friend. As she breaks into Michell's home to steal back her passports, Batman confronts Selina and learns that the Iceberg Lounge is a front for the 44 Below club, a specialist club for many of Carmine Falcone's associates. After Annika disappears, they agree to an alliance to investigate. During these inquiries, Savage is murdered by the killer in a livestream, who identifies himself as "the Riddler".

After wiring Selina with surveillance equipment, Batman sends her into the 44 Below to uncover evidence. Meeting District Attorney Gil Colson, they learn that both Mitchell and Savage were connected to the bust of drug baron Sal Maroni. After she encounters Carmine Falcone, Selina cuts off communication with Batman after he challenges her relationship with the mobster. Meanwhile, Colson is captured by Riddler, who rigs him with an explosive collar.

The following day, Bruce attends Mitchell's funeral to see if Riddler is in attendance, during which he encounters both Falcone and Mitchell's rival Bella Reál. However, the event is interrupted by Colson, who is forced to crash it with his car by Riddler. With Batman and the GCPD both responding, Riddler livestreams the event and the DA to solve three riddles, revealing his corruption and identifying the informant. Despite Batman's help, Colson refuses to identify the informant, leading to his death. From the evidence, Batman and Gordon realize that Riddler is targeting officials linked with the informant and suspect their identity to be Penguin.

Suspecting Penguin to be the informant, Batman and Gordon trace him to the Eastside Deport and learn that Falcone has taken over the development of drops, a drug previously produced by Maroni's organization. During it, he encounters Catwoman stealing from the group, during which they discover Annika's body. After the gang learn of their presence, Batman chases Penguin from the scene and interrogates him with Gordon. However, they learn that he was never the informant and misinterpreted one of Riddler's clues. Under further investigation, they discover links to the abandoned Gotham Orphanage, eventually deducing Riddler was a former resident with a grudge against the Wayne family.

Bruce is sent an explosive letter intercepted by Alfred, who is nearly killed examining it. Whilst he recovers, Batman meets with Catwoman, who reveals herself to be Falcone's illegitimate daughter and asks for his help in capturing Annika's killer. Meanwhile, Riddler leaks information that Thomas Wayne had once hired Falcone to cover up information about Martha Wayne's history with mental health, leading to the murder of a journalist. When Bruce confronts Falcone on the news, he confirms the information and claims that Maroni had killed them for fear of having his family in his pocket. Alfred also confirms this, though reveals that his father had actually objected to the murder and threatened to blow the whistle on Falcone's operations.

Summoned to the lit Batsignal, Batman and Gordon find Catwoman interrogating a captured Kenzie, a cop under Falcone's payrole. The corrupt officer reveals that Falcone had been using the Gotham Renewal Corporation set up by Thomas Wayne to fund his activities, using its charitable status to operate undetected. From a recording sent to Selina's phone, they also learn that Falcone was the informant on the Maroni case and had murdered Annika due to Mitchell passing the information to her. Whilst Selina decides to kill Falcone in revenge, Batman has Gordon leak the recording to the press and infiltrates the Iceberg Lounge to stop her. As Falcone is taken into police custody, he is assassinated by the Riddler, who turns himself in shortly afterwards.

Whilst investigating Riddler's apartment, Batman and the GCPD learn he is Edward Nashton, a forensic accountant who'd suffered from neglect due to Falcone's usage of the fund. Uncovering further evidence and another message to him, Batman realizes Riddler has further plans and suspects he may have deduced his identity. Visiting him in Arkham, he learns that Nashton reveals he actually admires the vigilante and had committed the crimes under the belief that they were working together. Though he reveals he is unaware of Batman's identity, the Dark Knight learns that Riddler has further plans for Gotham, prompting him to reinvestigate.

From an encrypted message, Batman learns that Riddler and his followers were planning to destroy Gotham and tear down its political system, using car-bombs to destroy its seawalls and attack citizens at the election celebrations. However, he discovers these as the former plan take place, flooding the city and forcing many to seek shelter as Real is announced as the city's new mayor. As Nashton's followers attack the event, Batman works with the GCPD and Catwoman to thwart the group. After defeating them, he helps services rescue and evacuate civilians caught in the destruction.

In the aftermath of Falcone's death, Cobblepot takes control of the remainder of his empire. At Arkham, Nashton befriends another inmate in an adjoining cell who promises he will do better next time. During a final meeting with Batman, Selina reveals her plans to leave the city and tries to convince him to come with her. However, he refuses and they share a final ride together. With Gotham thrown into chaos due to floods, Bruce vows to continue protecting the city and use the identity to inspire hope in its citizens.

Cast

Crew

Appearances

Individuals (Alphabetical Order)

Organizations

Vehicles

  • Batcycle
  • Batmobile
  • Catwoman's Motorcycle
  • Drifter Motorcycle

Technology

Weapons

  • Catwoman's Whip
  • Rat Death Trap
  • Riddler's Bomb Collar
  • Riddler's Explosive Message
  • Riddler's Tucker
  • Riddler's Vehicle Bombs
  • Sniper Rifles
  • Tactical Knife

Locations

  • Gotham City
    • Arkham State Hospital
    • Bank of Gotham
    • Bat Signal Building
    • East End
      • Edward Nashton's apartment
      • Unnamed Diner
      • Iceberg Lounge
      • Selina Kyle's apartment
    • Eastside Depot
    • Eastside Freeway
    • Gotham City Police Headquarters
    • Gotham General Hospital
    • Gotham Orphanage
    • Gotham Sea Walls
    • Gotham Square Garden
    • Wayne Tower
      • Wayne Terminus/The Batcave
  • Blüdhaven (Mentioned only)

Events

Miscellaneous

Production

Transition from the Snyder/Affleck era

The Batman originally started out as part of the same continuity as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League. Ben Affleck, who portrayed Batman in the films, was originally set to write and direct the film, in addition to starring as the character. Writer Geoff Johns helped co-write the initial drafts for the script, which featured Deathstroke as the main villain. An Arkham Asylum breakout played a major role in the story. Despite initially being slated for 2018, Affleck dropped out of directing in January 2017, due to concerns about his wellbeing. Matt Reeves was brought in replace him the next month and allowed a year to finish production on the film War of the Planet of the Apes. Shortly after coming onboard, the script was significantly rewritten to allow Reeves more creative freedom. By August 2018, it was revealed the film would be a noir-detective story and focus on the early years of Batman but would not be a retelling of his origin.

Pre-Production

In January 2019, it was reported that the film would release in July 2021. Later that month, Affleck announced he had left the role of Batman for the film and larger DC Films appearances. He later revealed the troubled production of Justice League and his relapse to alcoholism had been the main reasons behind his departure. In the following May, it was reported that Robert Pattinson was the front runner to replace Affleck and was later cast that month. Leaks that June suggested that the film would no longer be set within the Snyderverse and it would be influenced by Zero Year and The Long Halloween, with a stronger emphasis on detective work. The new Batmobile was designed by Ash Thorp of ALT Creative, Inc.

In September, Jeffrey Wright was in talks to play Gordon. In October, Zoë Kravitz and Paul Dano joined the cast as Catwoman and the Riddler, respectively. Actor Jonah Hill was also reported to be in talks to play the Penguin but dropped out due to a financial dispute. Composer Michael Giacchino, who had worked with Reeves on various projects prior, also joined the crew as composer that month. In November, Collin Farrell was in talks to play Penguin and Andy Serkis was being sought to play Alfred. The same month, Jayme Lawson and John Turturro joined the cast as Bela Reál and Carmine Falcone. In December, Peter Sarsgaard joined the cast as Gil Colson, though his role remained secret until the following March.

Filming

Sometime in December 2019, a tweet reportedly said that a special location in Cardington, Bedfordshire has been reserved for a funeral scene that will be filmed in February. It was also said that people from ages 18-70 are being sought for special roles in the film, presumably funeral guests. Though not confirmed, some speculate that this could be Thomas & Martha Wayne's funeral—however, it should be noted that the film won't be an origin story, and some say it will be for a completely different character. Later on in December, a picture was tweeted showing the cathedral location surrounded by mini airship probs. Another point in December 2019, it was rumored that Robert Pattinson's Batsuit could be based on the design that was previously posted as somewhat fan art by Lee Bermejo. The post was then deleted, possibly unintentionally confirming that that would indeed be the final design.

On January 4, 2020, Jeffrey Wright, the actor who will portray Commissioner James Gordon in The Batman, tweeted with the caption saying as follows "Woke up jet-lagged at 10 pm thinking I was late. 4:45am now. Off to Gotham 🦇". This meaning that filming is starting soon. Another tweet had been posted by a person named: Jordan Lee, saying that he was in Thames, and saw cop cars labeled 'Gotham Police', as well as a van called 'Gotham Action News 4 HD', and finally a truck with the logo of 'Gotham Water & Power', so filming is slated to start around this time. Pictures were also leaked of a tall man with white bleached hair and an umbrella, most said that it could be The Penguin, and that Colin Farrell would be playing him. After the leak, Matt Reeves officially confirmed of Colin Farrell's casting, tweeting a pic of him with the caption "Wait --- is that you, #Oz ?". More pictures also stormed the internet, showing a possible picture of Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, in a full motorcycle suit on a motorbike, along with a picture of Wayne Tower.

On January 27, 2020, Matt Reeves released a tweet with a picture of the movie clipper with "The Batman" logo, and revealing it's FPS and such, the caption was "#DayOne #TheBatman cc: @GreigfraserD". The next day, the 28th, Warner Bros released the press release revealing the cast for The Batman along with their roles, revealing that Jayme Lawson would be playing mayoral candidate: Bella Reál, and that Peter Sarsgaard would be playing Gotham District Attorney: Gil Colson. Along with two new members joining the cast, Alex Ferns as Commissioner Pete Savage and Con O'Neill as Chief Mackenzie Bock.

On February 13, 2020, Matt Reeves posted a video on Vimeo releasing the Camera Test for the Batsuit. The Batsuit was revealed with Robert Pattinson wearing it. Along with Michael Giacchino's score as the background music, and Jeffrey Wright posted a picture of a white-light coming out of a circular object, indicating the Bat-Signal.

From February 18 to February 21, numerous set leaks were posted, including bill-board about a "Gotham Renewal Corporation" and decorative pumpkins, indicating the Halloween setting. A full-on set video, revealing the full Batsuit, with a stunt double in it, and revealing the brand-new Bat-Bike. Additionally, a casting list was revealed that said it was in need of "performers that could perform with fire-breathers, and also puppeteers were needed for a scene in an upcoming action movie". Sometime in early March, Matt Reeves released 3 teaser images revealing the Batmobile, and the full Batsuit with Robert Pattinson in it.

Production Delays

On March 14, 2020, it was announced that The Batman would shut down filming for 2 weeks due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. On March 25, Reeves confirmed that it would indefinitely shut down until it is safe for them to film again. The release date was also pushed back to October 1, 2021 to accommodate the extra months of production.

On September 1, 2020, actor Alex Ferns revealed that filming had resumed via Twitter, though his tweet and account were deleted shortly afterwards. Two days later, it was reported that Pattinson had tested positive with COVID-19, forcing production to be halted once again. After two weeks of onset quarantine, filming was reported to have been restarted again. On October 5, 2020, it was announced that release date of The Batman would be pushed back again, this time to March 4, 2022.

Return to Filming

After the production delays, The Batman was reported to have resumed filming on October 12, 2020 in Liverpool, UK. Scenes were shot at St George's Hall through October 16, 2020. On October 17, 2020, it was reported that filming was now to take place in Chicago, where Batman Begins and The Dark Knight had also been shot. Despite the UK going into lockdown for four weeks, it was reported that filming was allowed to continue in Liverpool.

On March 13, 2021, Reeves tweeted out that filming had finished. Many reports had predicted that it would wrap up in the month. Additionally, Jeffrey Wright also hinted at his return in the role of Commissioner Gordon, potentially alluding to the Untitled Gotham PD series. On June 21, it was reported that reshoots would take place during July, both in Glasgow and York, with both Pattinson and Farrell expected to return for them.

Post-Production

On September 18, 2021, Reeves tweeted an image of him in an editing room. This also showed a screen with showing Pattinson's Batman and his grapple gun. Michael Giacchino also shared a video of him conducting an orchestra to record the film's soundtrack.

On January 12, 2022, the MPA bulletin revealed that the film would officially be rated PG-13 by the MPA (Motion Picture Association).

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Future

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During the film's production, The Batman was intended to kickstart a new Batman cinematic universe focusing on the film's version of Gotham. These also included direct two sequels to The Batman. According to interviews, Reeves and Pattinson were interested in featuring Robin in the films. They also expressed interest in multiple villains, including Mr. Freeze, the Court of Owls and Hush.

During production suspension, it was announced that Reeves would be teaming up with Terence Winter to develop a HBO Max series to serve as a spin-off. Set during Batman's first year, it is reported to be focused on the corruption in Gotham and center around GCPD. During DC Fandome, Winter revealed it would focus on a corrupt officer and the battle for his soul. During November 17, 2020, it was reported that Winter had left production of the spin-off due to creative differences. In January 2021, it was reported that Joe Barton had been brought on to replace him as showrunner. However, the series was eventually dropped, apparently to concern about the series' protagonist being a corrupt cop.[2]

During late 2021, a spin-off focusing on the film's version of Penguin is under development for HBO Max. It is reported to follow his rise to power in Gotham's underworld and see Farrell reprise his role.[3][4] The Penguin was later commissioned in March 2022 after the film's release.[5]

A third series, currently tilted "Arkham", is also in production. The series is described to be a horror anthology series focusing on characters within Arkham State Hospital and their origins.[2]

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