Gotham returns this week in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, the latest take on the gritty DC superhero. As debates continue over how some theaters are implementing surge-pricing for the action-packed blockbuster, it’s fair to wonder if there is a more affordable and convenient option to watch The Batman, such as on HBO Max.
The Batman is sure to enrapture audiences at the theater with its exciting action sequences, intriguing mystery plot, and a stellar cast that includes Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin. But The Batman is also a long movie. Clocking in at 2 hours and 56 minutes, the film takes its time setting up all of the Riddler’s clues to build up to its electrifying ending.
For fans who hope to see The Batman from the comfort of their home, you might not have to wait too long to stream the movie. We break down when you could expect to see Batman and The Riddler face off (again) on HBO Max.
When is The Batman coming to HBO Max?
In 2021, Warner Bros. released its feature films in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously on their respective premiere date. But 2022 is different. Now, WB will release some of their movies first in theaters and later on the streaming platform.
The Batman opens in theaters on March 4, 2022 with a 45-day theatrical run. In the past, movies had a 90-day window in theaters before getting a physical media or streaming release. But the fact that The Batman’s run is shorter means that the film may be coming to HBO Max sooner than expected.
HBO Max has not released the official date for The Batman’s streaming premiere. However, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar confirmed on Vox’s Recode podcast that the movie will be streaming right after its theatrical run.
"Think about when movies would show up on HBO, which is eight to nine months after theatrical premiere. The Batman is going to show up on day 46 on HBO Max," Kilar said. "That is a huge change from where things were in 2018, 2017, 2016."
Of course, you can count us on to do the math. The movie’s 45-day run begins March 4, meaning it should end on April 17. So, we should expect Robert Pattinson’s caped crusader to make his streaming debut on “day 46” — April 18, 2022.
This is a little different than other recent superhero movies, both Shang-Chi and Eternals had also 45-day theatrical runs. But Shang-Chi and Eternals arrived on Disney+ about 60-70 days after it opened in theaters. It seems like Warner Bros. and HBO Max won’t let fans wait much longer than they have to for The Batman.
Where can I watch The Batman right now?
Starting March 4, you can watch The Batman at a movie theater. The highly anticipated DC movie will have a wide theatrical release in the U.S. and internationally. It should be relatively easy to find showtimes at your local theater, and tickets are now on sale.
If you are willing to wait to see Batman and Catwoman take on corruption in Gotham, then all we can do is hope The Batman arrives on HBO Max this spring.
The Batman arrives in theaters only on March 4, 2022.