Robert Pattinson fans will revel in the news that the actor will be starring in a new Batman film. Over the years, there have been many big actors, who have taken on the role, including Christian Bale, and the upcoming superhero drama provides a unique twist on the DC film franchise.
Initially, the film was supposed to come out in June 2021, and then October 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic saw such plans shelved. However, with production back on track, the new Batman movie is poised for release in 2022. The trailer was released recently, and it gives fans a sneak peak as to what we can expect.
So, let’s untangle the film by exploring it in more detail.
What is the new Batman film?
Entitled ‘The Batman’, the new Batman movie is set to hit cinemas first in the US in March 2022. Pattinson – who has been cast as the protagonist Batman – has already suggested that the film will be a far cry from the comics that soared in popularity over the past 20 years.
Although Ben Affleck had been tipped to reprise the role, this new Batman film seems to be more “scaled down”, and considerably less sinister. Also, intriguingly, Batman will put his detective skills to good use to solve the crimes in Gotham. So, to a certain extent, there will be more fun elements added to the plotline.
Building on the success of the franchise
In many ways, the Batman movie franchise has been an undoubted hit. Its longevity is a testament to the way the film has connected with fans all over the world. The Dark Knight, for example, was a runaway success, receiving critical acclaim, and grossing over $1billion at the box office.
You can buy Batman clothes that cover all age groups, and even Primark jumped on the bandwagon by selling Batman baby suits for as little as £7, but the success of Batman isn’t just confined to merchandise. Batman has managed to permeate its influence in online casinos as well, where fans can play the Batman Begins jackpot or the Dark Knight Online Slot, and win big prizes at the top slots sites.
“Radically different” to previous Batman films
‘The Batman’ director Matt Reeves has tried to make the latest Batman film more of a grounded crime thriller. This film, therefore, won’t be an origin story, and the latest Batman release will be barely recognisable from the previous movies. But Pattinson was keen to impress the point that Batman is a film, describing what it was like to put on the Batsuit for the first time.
He said: “I remember saying to Matt [Reeves], ‘It does feel quite transformative’. He was like, ‘I would hope it does’! You’re literally in the Batsuit. You do feel very powerful immediately.
“And it’s pretty astonishing, something that is incredibly difficult to get into, so the ritual of going into it is pretty humiliating.”
The new Batman movie will have pressure to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors, not least from the fans. But if previous Batman films are to go by, we could be in for a real treat.