Ben Affleck is out as Batman in the DC movies, but The Batman movie is still coming in 2021. From Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, the Planet of the Apes reboots), the upcoming DC standalone film is still a big mystery, but in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves shared some exciting new details about the plot, cast, and release date, and a follow-up report from Deadline confirmed several key pieces of information.
Here’s everything we know so far about the The Batman.
When is The Batman release date?
This Batman movie will sneak into theaters on June 25, 2021. That’s going to be a busy summer for DC, with James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad releasing on August 6 and DC Super Pets (likely an animated movie) on May 21.
Is there a The Batman trailer?
Not yet, and you probably shouldn’t hold your breath. Reeves is still working on the script, so it could be a while. After that comes casting, production, and then an early look at the movie if we’re lucky. So give it a year or so, ok? (That’s a trailer for the awesome but unrelated Batman Ninja animated movie at the top of this page.)
What’s the cast of The Batman?
Ben Affleck is out as Batman, but we still have no idea who could replace him. However, the actor confirmed the news on Twitter where he expressed excitement for the 2021 movie.
As for the rest of the cast, that’s as much of a mystery. The Batman hasn’t even been cast yet, though it’s possible Reeves might already have some ideas for which actors he wants to see in which roles. We might even see some crossover with other DC movies, whether that’s Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn or Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker.
Then again, we might get a totally fresh cast. This is supposed to be a standalone movie, and as Reeves points out, DC and Warner Bros. may be done trying to chase Marvel and its cinematic universe of interconnecting movies.
“Warner believes they don’t have to try to develop a giant slate that has to have all the plans for how it’s going to connect,” he says. “What they need to try and do is make good movies with these characters.”
Rumor has it this 2021 movie will also focus on a younger version of Batman, which means the current DCEU cast wouldn’t exactly make sense in their various roles.
What’s the plot of The Batman?
We don’t know, but according to Reeves we can expect a movie that’s anchored by the character and focuses more on his abilities as a detective. Here’s what he told THR:
It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.
You can also expect to see a variety of villains, or as Reeves puts it, “There will be a Rogues Gallery.”
Is it really called The Batman?
Maybe. According to Reeves, that’s the working title but things could change.
“What it will be called ultimately, I don’t know,” he said.
The Batman (or whatever it’s called) is expected in 2021.