The Batman is a brand-new American superhero film based on the same-named DC Comics character. Produced by DC Films, 6th & Idaho, and Dylan Clark Productions, and released by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is a relaunch of the Batman film franchise. The film stars Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell as Bruce Wayne / Batman, and is directed by Matt Reeves, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig. Batman discovers corruption in Gotham City while encountering the Riddler, a serial murderer, in his second year of combating crime.
Ben Affleck, who played Batman in the DCEU, was supposed to direct, produce, co-write, and star in The Batman in 2014, however he declined due to dissatisfaction with his own script in 2017. Reeves took over the project and revised Affleck’s storey to focus on a younger Batman. He intended to explore Batman as a detective more than previous Batman films, inspired by the comic novels “Year One” (1987), The Long Halloween (1996–1997), and Ego (2000). Affleck left The Batman altogether in January 2019, and all links to the DCEU were broken. Pattinson was first cast in May of this year, with more to come later in the year.
It will be published in the United States on March 4, 2022. Two sequels, as well as two spin-off television shows, are in the works for HBO Max.