What Spider-Man is to Marvel, Batman is to DC. This means that every few years, a fresh storyline is conceived, and a new cast and crew are hired. Therefore, no one should be surprised that a new film featuring the Caped Crusader will hit theaters on June 25, 2021 - and no, Ben Affleck is no longer involved in the project. While the actor was initially slated to direct a script he wrote with DC's Geoff Johns, he announced his retirement from the DCEU in January 2019.
Instead of Affleck, everyone's favorite glittery vampire, Robert Pattinson, will portray Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, the Dark Knight. Writer and director Matt Reeves's film will focus on a younger Batman, though it will not be based on Frank Miller's comic Batman: Year One.
With principal roles still being cast, here's what we currently know about The Batman.
February 21, 2020: Batman Set Photos Show Pattinson's Full Costume, The New Bat-Cycle and A Possible Hint At Which Comic Inspired The Film
Set photos from The Batman have started popping up on the Internet with Polygon and Variety offering some excellent views of Robert Pattinson's new suit and Bat-stylized motorcycle. Meanwhile, on Twitter @LennonKennedy5 snapped a front and back photo of the now-Capeless-Caped-Crusader mid-filming.
Additionally, jack-o'-lanterns were photographed by Twitter user @WadeGrav in January, leading many to think that the film will loosely follow the plot threads of Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale (1996-1997).
February 13, 2020: Matt Reeves Reveals The First Look At The Batsuit
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Tweeting in January 2020, director Matt Reeves officially confirmed Colin Farrell would play the role of Oswald Cobblepot - AKA, the Penguin.
Known for films like The Lobster and In Bruges, Farrell was long rumored to be up for the role of the villain, who was last portrayed on screen by Danny DeVito in 1989's Batman Returns. As envisioned by director Tim Burton, DeVito's Penguin was a slimy, impulsive mutant, which is a departure from his traditional characterization as a dapper ne'er-do-well. It is currently unknown how The Batman's Penguin will compare.
Farrell rounds out the trio of villains opposing the film's titular character, joining Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman and Paul Dano as the Riddler. The actor's last role in a superhero movie was the critically panned Daredevil (2003), in which he played Bullseye.
According to director Matt Reeves, Andy Serkis, known for his roles as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films and as Ulysses Klaue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will play Batman's butler, Alfred Pennyworth. This will not be the first time the director and actor have worked together, as Serkis starred as Caesar in Reeves's Planet of the Apes series.
Serkis will join the likes of Michael Gough, Michael Caine, and Jeremy Irons, who have all previously played Alfred in various iterations of Batman.