The drift that DC’s film project has taken after the FanDome held last August has opened countless paths and possibilities with its embrace of the multiverse. From now on the big screen will be able to witness the most diverse stories of Detective Comics superheroes without the bonds imposed by a shared universe; being one of the first joys that this diversification is going to give us ‘The Batman’.
The new bat man film under the wing of Warner Bros. is one of the most anticipated projects – if not the most – by fans of comic book adaptations, and in this article I propose a review of everything we know about production; exploring from its cast to its technical and creative team, through its premiere date and what secrets its history might hold. Let’s do it!
When it premieres
Let’s start by solving the big question: When can we enjoy the new Batman adventure? As expected if we take into account the convulsive pandemic scenario that we are experiencing, the answer is not so simple, since the feature film’s release date has undergone a number of changes caused, among other things, by the positive in coronavirus of its protagonist during the filming.
Originally, ‘The Batman’ should premiere on June 25, 2021, but Warner’s original plan did not take long to change, with the debut moving until October 1 of that same year. Unfortunately, the company restructured the calendar for all its releases, delaying even more if possible the Gothamite vigilante film, ** whose arrival in theaters is definitely expected on March 4, 2022 **.
Cast and protagonists of ‘The Batman’
There is no doubt that one of the biggest claims of the many that ‘The Batman’ has lies in its spectacular cast, led by a Robert Pattinson who will play the masked Crusader and his high-society alter ego Bruce Wayne; a most controversial casting decision, but one that promises a fantastic result if we take into account the last works of the interpreter and we are forgetting for once his twilight past.
Along with Pattinson, there are several top-level actors who will play various characters from the Batman universe. Among them are Colin Farrell, who will play the infamous Oswald Cobblepot —Better known as Penguin—; Zoë Kravitz, who will give life to Selina Kyle —Alias Catwoman—; Paul Dano, who will test Batman’s intelligence as Enigma; or a John Turturro who will try his luck as the boss of the Gotham mafia Carmine Falcone.
If the selection of villains already invites you to dream, Bruce Wayne’s allies do not fall short, highlighting Jeffrey Wright, who will embody none other than the Commissioner Gordon —Mustache included—; and Andy Serkis, who will abandon his usual digital environments to play the eternal butler Alfred Pennyworth.
El director de ‘The Batman’
We have already seen who will be in front of the cameras in ‘The Batman’; but who will step behind them to take the helm of production? The answer is none other than Matt Reeves, ** the 54-year-old New York filmmaker, who rose to fame with JJ Abrams ** in the viral ‘Monstrous’ —’Cloverfield’— after passing through series of television as ‘Felicity’, and after signing a first film titled ‘My Unknown Friend’ in 1996.
In addition to the 2008 kaiju-eiga found footage, Reeves has directed titles of the stature of the remarkable remake of ‘Let me in’ —In which he deviated from the original by embracing with greater force the keys to terror— and, above all, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ and its sequel ‘The War for the Planet of the Apes’, with which he demonstrated his enormous worth to the blockbuster. Full confidence in him.
The ‘The Batman’ team
If having Matt Reeves at the helm of the project is quality insurance, we must not lose sight of some of the department heads who will support him in the arduous task of re-versioning the DC superhero myth; starting with the cinematographer Greig Fraser, Oscar nominee for his work on ‘Lion’, Emmy winner for groundbreaking ‘The Mandalorian’, and responsible for titles such as ‘The darkest night’, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars story’ or the new adaptation of ‘Dune’.
In the editing room we find four hands working Tyler Nelson and William Hoy. The first of them stands out for his work in the series ‘Mindhunter’ and for his career as assistant editor in David Fincher productions like ‘Lost’, ‘Millennium’ or ‘The social network’. As for Hoy, in addition to having worked alongside Reeves on his two installments of ‘Planet of the Apes’, he has been Zack Snyder’s header editor in ‘300’, ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Sucker Punch’.
The production design of ‘The Batman’ will be the responsibility of James Chinlund, known for his work on ‘Requiem for a Dream’, the last two ‘Planet of the Apes’, or the live action remake of ‘The Lion King’; having had his run with superheroes in Joss Whedon’s ‘Avengers’.
The story of ‘The Batman’
At the moment, little is known about the plot of a ‘The Batman’ written by Peter Craig, Mattson Tomlin and Matt Reeves himself; beyond that it will place us in Bruce Wayne’s second year in business as Gotham’s vigilante, that his investigative vision will have a greater weight, that he will not explore the origins of the character again, and that at the level of tone he will embrace without restrictions the canons of the most traditional film noir.
What little we know about his argument, of course, exudes essence noir, with a plot that, according to the first teaser, will focus on a series of murders connected in some way to the history of Wayne’s hometown. Focusing on these tracks, we might well think that Reeves and his team were inspired by the exceptional ‘The Long Halloween’ by Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb; but, for the moment, no references have been officially disclosed.
Trailers, images and poster
To finish, I leave you with the trailer that we have been able to enjoy so far – and that, let it be said, looks spectacular – and with the promotional images published.