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Robert Pattinson revealed while auditioning for the role, he sneakily took a selfie in the batsuit as a memento "just in case it didn't work out."
This is the first version of Batman to directly address the black eye makeup under the cowl. In previous versions on film, the makeup just disappeared when Bruce took his mask off. Matt Reeves: "I just loved the idea of taking off [the mask] and under that there's the sweating and the dripping and the whole theatricality of becoming this character."
Robert Pattinson's audition/screentest took place while he was in rehearsals for shooting Tenet (2020) in Los Angeles in May 2019. Pattinson had to lie to Christopher Nolan about it, but Nolan, who was no stranger to Batman and Warner Bros., immediately figured it out. Pattinson: "I said I had a family emergency. And as soon as I said it, he goes: 'You're doing the Batman audition, aren't you?'" When Pattinson was told that he won the role of Batman a day before principal photography for Tenet began, he was surprised that Nolan also knew and congratulated him, although Pattinson hadn't told anybody about it yet.
Colin Farrell stated that he went to Starbucks to try out his prosthetics and makeup for the Penguin for the first time. Nobody recognized him despite getting a couple of stares from people.
Matt Reeves stated that his version of the Riddler was partly inspired by the infamous serial killer Zodiac who operated in California in the late 1960s.
Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne is partially inspired by Kurt Cobain. Writer/director Matt Reeves was listening to Nirvana when he wrote the first act with Pattinson in mind. Reeves stated, "That's when it came to me that, rather than make Bruce Wayne the playboy version we've seen before, there's another version who had gone through a great tragedy and became a recluse. Kurt Cobain had a relationship with fame, where being famous was not his goal. He loved music, but the idea of being famous for music was a double-edged sword for him. And that made me think of Rob Pattinson, actually. I felt that this rock-star vibe suited him well. After all, he became a pop-culture icon at a very young age and had to carry that burden too, and extricate himself from it to become the actor he is today."
Colin Farrell revealed his son was 'utterly horrified' at the sight of his transformation into Penguin during production: "When my kid saw me for the first time, he was utterly horrified. I have it on iPhone. He was horrified."
The last two punches in the train station scene where the victim is already unconscious when Batman says, "I'm vengeance!" were Robert Pattinson's idea and he improvised. Pattinson stated, "I wanted to say it as the guy is losing consciousness so it goes into his dreams. I really wanted his future to be really, really damaged."
Zoë Kravitz and Robert Pattinson received the same advice from the predecessors of their roles (Michelle Pfeiffer and Christian Bale respectively): make sure you can go to the bathroom while in costume.
In Wayne Manor, there is a pedestal with a William Shakespeare bust on top. This is a reference to the original Batman (1966) series where a similar Shakespeare bust was used as a device to trigger the opening to the Batcave.
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Robert Pattinson on his Batman at the beginning of the movie: "Bruce is obsessed in being Batman. He has no desire to be Bruce and he wants to just throw it away. He hasn't gotten over being the 10-year-old boy who, in his mind, let his parents die. For him, being Batman is like a strange kind of therapy. He thinks this is the way he can save himself, by living in this kind of Zen state as Batman, where it's just pure instinct and no emotional baggage. It feels like he has a death wish going out at night. I always get the impression that he wants to keep recreating the night when his parents died. In his mind, every single person he is fighting is the person who killed his parents."
Matt Reeves cites the Batman comics "Batman: Ego", "Batman: Year One" and "Batman: The Long Halloween" as the main influences on the film. Funnily enough, Jeph Loeb, who wrote "The Long Halloween," was one of Reeves' screenwriting teachers when he was at USC.
Director Matt Reeves wrote the script with Robert Pattinson in mind, not even knowing if he would ever want to be in the movie. After watching Pattinson's performance in Good Time (2017) and becoming captivated by him, Reeves started to imagine Pattinson in the role at a certain point as he was writing. Pattinson was Reeves top choice because he was "always that version of what I saw in the page. I think of Bruce Wayne as this recluse rockstar in a decaying manor. There's this part of me that so saw Rob [Pattinson] as that & I had no idea that he would be interested in playing the role at all. I thought what if Rob doesn't want to play Batman? This would be a disaster". But Reeves didn't know that at the same time, Pattinson became fixated on the role of Batman without even knowing the status of the project. Around that time in 2018, Pattinson and The Batman producer Dylan Clark had a general meeting about potential collaborations, with no specific project in mind. Clark: "We're talking about 20 different things. And then he [Pattinson] starts kind of saying, 'So what's going on with Batman?'". After Reeves finished the script 8 months later, he finally met with Pattinson, who still didn't know that Reeves wrote the role with him in mind: "I had to kind of try to imagine what he'd written, and I hadn't even read the script. I'd come with this pad full of notes."
Matt Reeves about the Batmobile: "I liked the idea of the car itself as a horror figure, making an animalistic appearance to really scare the hell out of the people Batman's pursuing. There is absolutely a horror-genre aspect to this movie."
Robert Pattinson auditioned for The Batman using Val Kilmer's original Batsuit from Batman Forever (1995). But because Pattinson's head didn't fit into Kilmer's cowl, he wore the one George Clooney wore in Batman & Robin (1997). Oddly enough, the former Batman Christian Bale also auditioned for Batman Begins (2005) using Val Kilmer's original Batsuit from Batman Forever (1995), but including Kilmer's cowl.
At one point in the movie, Falcone refers to the Batman as "Zorro." In many versions of Batman's origins, the Wayne family was leaving a theater showing of Zorro when they were murdered. Zorro was acknowledged by Bob Kane and Bill Finger as one of the main influences for Batman.
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When Ben Affleck was set to star and direct, the villain of the film would have been Deathstroke played by Joe Manganiello and the screenplay would have prominently featured Arkham Asylum. Matt Reeves had actually enjoyed the original script that Ben Affleck had been preparing, comparing it to a James Bond film. However, he opted not to use it as he wanted to make a more noir, detective-driven story and bring his own, completely new version to life.
The Batmobile in this film is a customized muscle car which Bruce built himself. This draws influence from the TV series Batman (1966), where a Lincoln Futura was modified into the Batmobile. Another influence were the 1970s "Batman" comics by Neal Adams, where the Batmobile was a fairly normal-looking car that Batman drove for stealth purposes.
When asked if he had taken anything from the set, Robert Pattinson revealed that he repeatedly took socks that his character wears and Warner Bros. noticed: "I did get a lot of socks [from set]... I kept getting a talking to from Warner Bros. They'd say, 'You know, it's fine to have a few, but you take them every day. How many socks do you need, cause we've been shooting for a year?'"
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The movie's working title was "Vengeance"
To allow Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson to communicate on the set across the self-imposed COVID-19 barriers between them, they were both outfitted with earpieces and microphones. Reeves stated, "We were always directly connected, and it's weird, because we were physically distant. I could talk to him very low. I think we were in each other's head. That had a particular effect." According to Pattinson, there were times when, while cameras were rolling, Reeves' mic was accidentally left on. Pattinson stated, "You could hear his little reactions. If it was a tense scene, you'd suddenly hear his breathing accelerate. Sometimes, it would be very, very distracting, but sometimes I actually quite enjoyed hearing his real-time reaction. I've never been so close to a director's perception of what I was doing before. It's a strangely intimate experience."
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It was Zoë Kravitz's idea for Catwoman to have long and scary nails without nail polish on them, so they looked more like claws.
Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz were friends for about a decade before being cast in this film. Matt Reeves said because of that, the two already had great chemistry and a natural connection right from the beginning of the shoot. Pattinson and Kravitz appeared very early on in Reeves' head as he was writing the screenplay.
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Colin Farrell wears makeup and a fat suit for his role of the Penguin. The facial prosthetics were comprised of six pieces. In order to ensure there were no visible seams, crew members would shine harsh flashlights in his face before approving him to go to set.
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Director Matt Reeves was "devastated" when Robert Pattinson was cast in Tenet (2020) because he thought it meant he wouldn't want to play Batman. Reeves was convinced that because Pattinson was doing only arthouse films at the time, if he's going to do a blockbuster, it would only be once. Reeves stated, "I was devastated. I wrote this script with Rob in mind. I wanted him to be my Batman. When he's doing a blockbuster with one of the definitive Batman filmmakers, I thought, 'Okay, so there goes that. He's not gonna want to be Batman.'" Luckily for Reeves, that wasn't the case and Pattinson was actually eager to portray the character of Batman.
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Every time Batman approaches somebody to start a fight (or is preceded by the sounds of his footsteps out of the shadows), the sound of his footsteps mimics the main beats of the movie's theme: every fourth step is heavier/deeper in sound.
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Bruce is shown out of costume during daylight, hiding his face with a helmet, scarf and a baseball cap (and wearing eyeshade). This is akin to Batman: Year One, where he made a point of never wearing the Batsuit except at night.
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During shooting, Matt Reeves would speak to Colin Farrell in between scenes. Farrell often carried on conversations with Reeves in character, answering as Oz rather than himself.
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At 175 minutes, this is the longest Batman film to be premiered and the second longest comic book movie theatrically released, behind Avengers: Endgame (2019) (181 minutes).
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When Alfred is deciphering the first clue from the Riddler, he tells Bruce he's remembering back to his days in "the circus." This is likely a reference to the name given to MI6 Headquarters. Andy Serkis stated that in this version, Alfred Pennyworth was the security guard for Bruce's father, Thomas Wayne. He is also an excellent code breaker and an intelligence expert. Alfred is a former member of the MI6, the United Kingdom's foreign intelligence agency.
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Director Matt Reeves stated that in the audition/screentest, he knew Robert Pattinson was going to be his Batman the moment he put on the black eye makeup in front of the mirror.
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Colin Farrell stated that a recording of a NYC building caretaker from the 1980s inspired him for the voice of Penguin.
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Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz both worked on the fight choreography months before and every day during the whole shoot.
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According to Robert Pattinson, he was "f-ing furious" when the news leaked on May 16, 2019, that he was in negotiations to play the next Batman. Although he was the frontrunner for the role, he hadn't screen-tested for the role and wasn't actually cast yet.
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Jonah Hill was approached for the role of the Penguin, but turned down the offer due to disagreements over the character. It was also rumoured that Hill wanted to portray the Riddler instead.
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Matt Reeves cites the work of Batman artist Francesco Francavilla as an influence on the film's design (film-noirish and distinctly low-tech).
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Composer Michael Giacchino wrote the main theme song 'The Batman' before the movie even went into production and while Matt Reeves was still writing the script. Reeves listened to it for the first time in his car with producer Dylan Clark before they went onto the stage to do Robert Pattinson's screen-test (the one with the red lighting that was released in January 2020).
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The inspiration for Bruce's Batcave is a New York City urban legend about a train station that exists below the Waldorf Astoria hotel. The station was purportedly built as a secret escape route out of the city for the visiting US president in the event of an emergency.
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When the title character debuted in Detective Comics, he was billed as "*The* Batman". The article " the" was also used in the 1940s serials. The use of the word "the" had fallen out of favor by the 1960s. Although, it was revived for the 1970s serious re-imagining of the character by Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams.
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When filming began again after months of lockdown due to COVID-19 and Robert Pattinson tested positive after only one day back on set, director Matt Reeves didn't want to risk getting COVID, too, and transformed himself on set into "a burrito", wearing a mask, gloves, a head covering and scuba diving goggles. Reeves stated, "You couldn't see my face, and this is the way the actors saw me for the rest of the movie. I was like this ridiculous, hermetically sealed creature. It was absurd."
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Paul Dano dropped out from the role of George Burbank in The Power of the Dog (2021) to star in this film.
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Zoë Kravitz had previously voiced the character of Catwoman in The Lego Batman Movie (2017).
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After Matt Reeves officially replaced Ben Affleck as a director in February 2017, Warner Bros. announced that Affleck would also no longer reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman. On May 16, 2019, it was reported by Variety that Robert Pattinson was in negotiations to take on the role of Batman. By the end of the month, it was reported that he officially signed a deal to star as Bruce Wayne/Batman and that he was the first choice by director Matt Reeves. Reeves confirmed the casting two days later on his Twitter account by posting a GIF of Pattinson's character from the film Good Time (2017), accompanied by three bat emojis. The film's connections to the DC Extended Universe film series were removed from the script and Matt Reeves wrote his own story.
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Director Matt Reeves stated that while writing the screenplay, he listened to the track "Thank God for the Rain" from the soundtrack of Taxi Driver (1976) on loop.
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Matt Reeves cites the Batman comic "Ego" as an influence on Batman's portrayal in this film: "I wanted to get into the mindset of the character and I wanted to think of the psychology for me. I think one of the cool deep-dive ones was Darwyn Cooke's Ego. He's confronting the beast that is Batman, and there's a kind of duality. There's a lot in the story about Bruce Wayne confronting the shadow side of himself that's Batman and the degree to which you have self knowledge. There's psychological union, where Batman is broken and he does things for reasons he knows and reasons he doesn't know yet."
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When Bruce follows Selina home, the shots of her in her apartment seem almost directly taken from the "Year One" comic book. Furthermore, the fact that she looks after her young roommate/potential romantic partner and the pair are implied to be escorts are also taken from the comics.
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It took 200 takes for the scene where The Riddler finally makes contact with Batman via Colson's cellphone. Director Matt Reeves allowed Paul Dano to use a cellphone to film the scene. Dano filmed the Riddler's video introduction in many ways.
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The VFX team behind the chase scene revealed the explosions behind The Penguin were supposed to be a much shorter shot. Director Matt Reeves enjoyed Colin Farrell's improvisations ("I got you, I got you!") so much that he asked them to add smaller explosions to make time for the entire take.
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Robert Pattinson stated that he spent his breaks on set composing ambient electronic music on an MPC with headphones on while he was dressed in the Batsuit, because it took so long to get out of the suit and he wasn't allowed to leave the set with the suit still on.
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Commissioner Pete Savage is a reference to the TV show Batman (1966), more exactly to the episode entitled Batman: An Egg Grows in Gotham (1966). There's a character named Pete Savage who is a descendant of one of the three families who founded Gotham City.
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Influence for the tone of The Batman was the comic "Batman: Year One". Influence for Selina and Batman's relationship was Klute (1971). Influences for the plot were Chinatown (1974) and All the President's Men (1976). Influence for Batman's Psychology was the comic "Batman: Ego". Other influences were The French Connection (1971), Taxi Driver (1976), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Se7en (1995), Mindhunter (book) and the comics "Batman: Last Days", "Batman: The Long Halloween", and "Batman: Zero Year".
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The Riddler's musical theme has a similar rhythm and melody to "Ave Maria," which is featured throughout the film in conjunction with the Riddler's crimes.
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Matt Reeves stated that The Batman theme song contains two musical ideas: "Batman's obsession," an ominous, repeating four-note motif, and a Wayne theme "that has a kind of great melancholy that is really about being Bruce."
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Never released as a single and never a consistent part of the band's live setlist, Nirvana's "Something in the Way" charted for the first time in August 2020, after appearing in the first trailer for The Batman. In the week after it's theatrical release in March 2022, the song has seen a reported +1,200% increase in Spotify streams and climbed to #2 in the US.
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After Matt Reeves officially stepped in as director on Feb 23, 2017, he dropped the movie due to contractual disagreements a few weeks later. Fortunately, he returned after both parties talked through it again.
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Principal photography began on January 27, 2020 in London and was put on hold on March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After a 5 month hiatus, shooting began again in late August 2020. After just two days, filming was again suspended after Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19. After Pattinson was cleared to return, shooting resumed on September 17, 2020 and finally wrapped on March 21, 2021 (14 months after principal photography initially began).
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It is rumoured that Matt Reeves eyed Mahershala Ali for the role of Commissioner Gordon at one point.
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When coming up with ideas for the first crime scene at the mayor's house, Robert Pattinson told director Matt Reeves that he wanted his movements as Batman to be like that of an apparition, or ghost. Reeves stated, "He moved like a ghost in that scene, and he moves like a ghost in much of the movie."
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This is the first solo Batman film to be shot on digital. Matt Reeves confirmed that the filmic '70s look for The Batman was achieved by running the finished digital image through film, then scanning it back. An IP (interpositive film) and a bleach bypass were also used in this process. This is the exact technique that Greig Fraser did for his other film, Dune (2021), as he didn't want the image to be super fine and smooth.
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When Matt Reeves met with Colin Farrell regarding his potential casting, he was thrilled Farrell was significantly heavier. Farrell had gained weight for his previous project, The North Water (2021). Reeves asked him to keep the weight, but Farrell declined due to health issues. As The Penguin, Farrell wore a fat suit over the 'North Water' weight he was yet to lose.
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Robert Pattinson dyed his hair dark brunette for this role. His natural hair color is dark blond/light brown. When shooting wrapped after 14 months, Pattinson shaved his hair off.
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Batman's computer features many of the same sound effects as the "Batman: Arkham" video game series.
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Colin Farrell (Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin) had previously been Wolfgang Petersen's choice to play Batman in his proposed Batman vs Superman film in 2002, with Jude Law playing Superman.
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Bruce's parents were murdered in 2001, this makes Bruce Wayne around 30 years old.
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The four-note musical theme also called "The Batman", is composed of the first four notes of John Williams' famous "The Imperial March".
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In case that Robert Pattinson wasn't interested in the role or it didn't work out, the studio looked at Nicholas Hoult for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
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Selina refers to Batman and herself as the "Bat and the Cat", it references the phrase in which this duo is popularly known as. DC even released a paperback with all their stories titled "Batman: The Bat and the Cat: 80 Years of Romance."
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Matt Reeves said the scene when Batman jumps off the roof and glides through the air was filmed in the style of YouTube videos of wingsuiters that Reeves had watched.
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Jay Lycurgo, who plays the hesitant member in the Train Gang, also plays Tim Drake, the third Robin, in DC's Titans (2018).
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Denis Villeneuve, George Miller, Ridley Scott, Matt Ross and Fede Alvarez were considered to be the film's director before Matt Reeves was hired.
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Riddler begins his video saying, "This is the Riddler speaking." This is a reference to the Zodiac killer who had a similar greeting in messages sent to the police. The Zodiac is also said to be the inspiration for Riddler by director Matt Reeves.
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Eiza González, Ana de Armas, Hannah John-Kamen, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alicia Vikander and Ella Balinska screen-tested for Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Zazie Beetz also auditioned for the part, but was turned down due to scheduling conflicts with Atlanta (2016). Beetz previously played Sophie Dumond in Joker (2019).
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The film simply and silently starts off with the Warner Bros. logo and "The Batman" title. This is done in a partially similar manner as the 1940s and 1950s serial films.
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Zoë Kravitz is the third African American actress to play Catwoman in live action after Eartha Kitt in Batman (1966) and Halle Berry in Catwoman (2004).
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Director Matt Reeves about the Bruce Wayne persona: "He is not yet understanding even the asset that being Bruce Wayne could be another kind of mask. He's just not together enough yet to even understand how valuable that's gonna be. I was interested in the idea of him being at a stage where he couldn't bear the weight of the history of being part of the Waynes... he might be able to use that as a kind of mask or as a guise, but he can't figure any of that out yet."
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The convenience store that gets robbed at the start of the movie is called 'Good Times Groceries'. This is a reference to the movie Good Time (2017), which made director Matt Reeves write the script with Robert Pattinson in mind after he saw his performance. The robber who is disguised as a Drop Head is also wearing a red jacket similiar to the one Pattinson's character is wearing while robbing a bank in Good Time (2017).
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Arkham Asylum, a psychiatric correctional facility had been renamed to Arkham State Hospital in the film. This is the second Batman-related movie which renames Arkham Asylum to Arkham State Hospital. The first film is Joker (2019).
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This film had the second-highest debut at the US box office during the pandemic era, earning $134 million domestically on its opening weekend, after Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).
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With this film, composer Michael Giacchino joins Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe as composers who have composed for both the Batman franchise and the Mission: Impossible franchise. All of these composers, with the exception of Balfe, have composed Spider-Man films as well.
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Some viewers have criticized Bruce Wayne being a recluse instead of a playboy in this film. However, Tim Burton's Batman (1989) also presented him as a recluse. This is true to the original comics before the character of Alfred Pennyworth was introduced.
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Due to being so impressed with Paul Dano's performance as The Riddler, DC Comics tapped the actor to write a six-issue bimonthly series based on his version of the character called, "Riddler: Year One", for their DC Black Label.
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The final design of the Batsuit was so flexible that Robert Pattinson was able to do somersaults in it.
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Selina Kyle uses the pet names 'honey' and 'baby' in different situations throughout the movie. When she doesn't trust people, Selina uses 'honey', but she doesn't mean anything by that name. She is using 'baby' when she trusts people and deeply cares about them.
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Paul Dano spent extensive time reading up about serial killers in order to play the Riddler. He found the experience so unsettling, he made a point of reading this material in public places as he couldn't bear to read it at home on his own.
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The film is the first live-action Batman film to feature The Riddler since Batman Forever (1995).
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Due to the invasion of Ukraine, Warner Brothers pulled the release of the film in Russia.
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Batman's cowl, collar and emblem design in this film resemble the designs used in Gotham By Gaslight, a one-off graphic novel from 1989 written by Brian Augustyn with artwork by Mike Mignola, P. Craig Russell, and David Hornung. In that story, set in 1889, Batman searched Gotham for Jack the Ripper, who'd left England for North America.
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Gordon and his cops work in Gotham precinct 39, a shout out to the year the original comic first published.
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The film has a run time of 2 hours 56 minutes, 12 minutes longer than The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (2 hours 44 minutes), which in turn is 12 minutes longer than The Dark Knight (2008) (2 hours 32 minutes), which again is 12 minutes longer than Batman Begins (2005) (2 hours 20 minutes).
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The film was originally scheduled to release on June 25th, 2021 but due to the impact of COVID-19, production was halted and the release pushed to October 1st, 2021. On October 5th, 2020 Warner Bros. delayed the film to March 4th, 2022.
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The Wayne Towers address is "139 Kane Street", a reference to when Batman was first created and a shout out to co-creator Bob Kane. This is also a reference to Martha Wayne's maiden name in the comics, as she originally came from the Kane family in that version, which was also connected to Batwoman who is Kate Kane, who in the comics is Martha's niece and Bruce's cousin.
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Early concept art reveals The Penguin was supposed to simply look like Colin Farrell. The hair and wardrobe looks ranged from sleazy to a sleek 1920s gangster. As an homage to The Penguin's distinctive nose, the design included a prosthetic nose that would be crooked from injuries. However, upon meeting with Farrell, who had gained weight for a role, director Matt Reeves was inspired by his larger frame. When Farrell declined to keep the weight due to health issues, Reeves decided to give him padding to achieve the look.
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The first portrayal of Commissioner Gordon as an African-American.
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After Batman (Robert Pattinson) brings his evidence back from his walk through the Mayor's murder scene, Alfred (Andy Sirkis) takes a copy of the cipher upstairs into the Wayne residence and starts to work on it. When Bruce comes into the room where he and Alfred are expecting the accountants from Wayne Enterprises, he sees Alfred working on the cipher and asks what he's doing. Alfred replies that he is reliving his life in "the circus". This is not meant to be a pun on the actor's name, nor was Alfred a circus performer, which would offer no great help in cracking a code. Alfred is not referring to his days with a traveling circus, but to MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, where he would have had a good deal of experience breaking codes during the Cold War. The informal nickname for MI6, established in John LeCarre's novels about it, is "The Circus". Alfred was in the SAS and then worked for British Intelligence according to many sources in the comics and film.
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Batman's line when he repeatedly punches the leader of the group of thugs toward the beginning of the film, "I'm vengeance!" is taken from Batman: The Animated Series (1992). In an iconic monologue in the series, the character proclaims, "I am vengeance! I am the night! I am Batman!"
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The first live-action Batman film to not feature any scenes shot with IMAX cameras since Batman Begins (2005).
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Penguin had also been introduced as one of Carmine Falcone's underlings in Gotham (2014).
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The twins that are employed by Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin as bouncers at The Iceberg Lounge appear to be a reference to the Abramovici Twins from the Batman: Arkham City (2011) video game.
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Colin Farrell pitched the idea of chomping on cigars in some of his scenes, (as seen with other iterations of the Penguin). However, the studio turned down this idea; citing that children would potentially be watching the movie.
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British actor Bronson Webb played one of Joker's thugs in The Dark Knight (2008) and a follower of The Riddler in this film.
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The movie marks Robert Pattinson to be the ninth Batman in a live action movie. The previous eight were Lewis Wilson in Batman (1943), Robert Lowery in Batman and Robin (1949), Adam West in Batman (1966) and Batman (1966), Michael Keaton in Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), and The Flash (2023), Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995), George Clooney in Batman & Robin (1997), Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016) (uncredited), Justice League (2017), Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) and The Flash (2023).
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Batman's armguard straps are supposed to represent his signature gauntlet blades.
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The film earned over $770 million worldwide.
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While some viewers regarded Catwoman's leaving home without her cell phone as a mistake on her part, it is a mark of her experience and sophistication as a second story burglar. A professional thief would be aware that in significant cases, law enforcement agencies routinely request or subpoena positional data from all cell phones near a crime scene to see what users were in the vicinity. It shows not only who was there at what time, based on whose phones were pinging what towers and what WiFi connections were active, it allows them to track all those phones movements before and after as long as the phones remain active.

By not carrying it on her person, the Catwoman's cell phone's position could be therefore be used to support her alibi, showing police that she was "home the whole night".

Conversely, having it on her while she was in the Mayor's residence would potentially give police strong proof that she was somewhere she had no business being, and for how long, and where she went afterwards. It would lead investigators right to her door. Criminals routinely park their cell phones in innocuous locales for just that purpose, and throw police off their scent.
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Matt Reeves and Tim Burton are the only filmmakers to have helmed films in both the Planet of the Apes and Batman franchises.
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The exteriors of the film were shot in Liverpool, England. Director Matt Reeves stated that this was done to give his version of Gotham City a distinctive aesthetic.
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Robert Pattinson was paid $3 million to appear in the film.
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It took between two and four hours to get Colin Farrell into his Penguin prosthetics.
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At 5' 10" (1.78 m), Colin Farrell is the tallest actor to portray The Penguin in a live action.
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Cinematographer Greig Fraser found this to be one of the most difficult films he'd ever worked on, particularly with issues arising from the Batsuit. Because the suit was full of so many details, and he was going for a moody dark look, he had to be careful that no shadows obscured the suit.
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The film's dialogue coach, Andrew Jack, died of complications from COVID-19 during the production.
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The Halloween costume worn by Mayor Mitchell's son is inspired by Matt Reeves' own son: "I started writing the script back in 2017... and my son was very young, and for Halloween that year, he was a red ninja. So, that found its way into this story here."
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Robert Pattinson's Batman suit is similar looking to the Batman suit in the 2018 DC Black Label three-issue comic series, "Batman: Damned". In particular, the armor, somewhat baggy pants, and boots are strikingly similar.
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Previous Catwoman performers, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway, all vocally supported the casting of Zoë Kravitz.
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Batman's full real name is Bruce Thomas Wayne. Robert Pattinson 's middle name is also Thomas. The creators of the Batman comics stated that Bruce Wayne's first name came from Robert the Bruce, the Scottish king.
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Warner Brothers refused to allow the Penguin smoke his trademark cigarettes.
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The fact that Robert Pattinson had deliberately eschewed tentpole movies since his Twilight (2008) days and had never done a Marvel movie made him particularly attractive to the producers for the role of Batman.
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A prequel tie-in graphic novel, "Before the Batman: An Original Movie Novel", was released on February 1, 2022. The novel was written by David Lewman.
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The Penguin is seen with the famous Pipistrello Lamp, designed by Martinelli Luce. "Pipistrello" means "bat" in Italian.
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It has been confirmed that the primary inspiration for this movie (in terms of Batman media) are the comic books 'The Long Halloween', 'Ego', and 'Year Two'. However, a slight amount of inspiration may have been taken also from one of the many Batman video games, specifically the Telltale Games series about Batman, which focuses heavily on Batman's evolution from a violent vigilante to a hero; Alfred keeping secrets from Bruce about the Wayne Family's various involvements with the Falcone Crime Family; Batman's exceptional detective skills; his relationship with Selina/Catwoman; and the Penguin being a major character referred to as Oz (though in the Batman Telltale Games, Oswald Cobblepott is an old childhood friend of Bruce's who has a normal body physique and who has lost his family's fortune due to bad investments and is turning steadily to a life of crime whereas in The Batman he is a high-ranking member of the Falcone family).
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The film's budget was $185 million.
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In this film, Pete Savage is introduced as commissioner of Gotham City PD. The character was previously introduced in the Batman (1966) series. In the show, he was a member of a founding family in Gotham City.
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There was immense controversy surrounding Robert Pattinson and his physicality of the lead role. Before the film's release, Pattinson made off-hand jokes in interviews about how he didn't physically train for the role. Some people genuinely believed that he didn't work out for the film and were full of contempt toward the actor. It wasn't until the film's release that it was confirmed that the actor did, in fact, physically train for the role.
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This is the second Batman movie where Batman swims in his batsuit. The first was Batman Forever (1995).
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Thirteen visual effects companies provided the visual effects for this film. They are Scanline VFX, The Third Floor, Inc., Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic, Crafty Apes VFX, Atomic Arts, Territory Studio, Static Chair Productions, Halon Entertainment, Stereo D, Clear Angle Studios, Lidar Lounge, and Barnstorm VFX.
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This was originally supposed to star Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/ Batman but he had become disillusioned with the role so this became a reboot with a younger Batman.
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It is rumored that Jeremy Strong was offered a role.
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The Batman marks Sandra Dickinson's third outing in a DC property, each time as a different character. She previously acted in Superman III (1983) and Supergirl (1984).
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This is the second DC Movie in which Batman swears with major profanity. The first film is Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021).
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Matt Reeves was after a 1970s vibe for his film and was inspired by some key films of that period, including Klute (1971), Chinatown (1974), The French Connection (1971) and All the President's Men (1976).
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During opening night for the film at the Moviehouse & Eatery by Cinepolis in Austin, Texas, an actual bat was released in the movie theater, disrupting moviegoers. The incident was a prank done by a mischievous moviegoer. Some moviegoers were annoyed and were refunded by the theater, while the others stayed and watched the rest of the film while the bat was still in the theater. The movie theater stated that security will check belongings to prevent these types of occurrences from happening in the future.
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Barry Keoghan got the part of the Joker after submitting an unsolicited audition for the Riddler before the role was cast. Four months later, his agent called, saying "The Batman wants you to play Joker, but you cannot tell anyone."
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Before the film's release, it was announced in July 2020 that an HBO Max television series based on the Gotham City Police Department was in the works, and it would serve as a prequel to the film. The series was to be executive produced by Matt Reeves, Dylan Clark, Terence Winter, Daniel Pipski, and Adam Kassan. However, problems started to arise over storyline issues and the notion that the protagonist is a corrupted cop. Winter eventually left the project due to creative differences and was replaced by Joe Barton. Still, the problems remained. In March 2022, the series was announced by Reeves to no longer be in development.
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In September 2021, a spin-off series based on Colin Farrell's Penguin was announced to be in development for HBO Max, which was later ordered as a limited series. Matt Reeves and Dylan Clark are executive producers of the show. In December 2021, Farrell reprised his role and also served as executive producer. The miniseries focuses on Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin's rise in the criminal underworld.
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The movie features off-camera narration done by Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne, who, to cope with the blurring of his two different lives as Bruce Wayne and The Batman, writes down and reviews his nightly actions in journals. This is very similar to another DC Comics character, Rorschach/Walter Kovacs from Alan Moore's Watchmen comic book series, who narrates the original comics throughout with his journal. The monotone tone and eloquent manner in which Bruce narrates is similar, also, to Jackie Earle Haley's portrayal of Rorschach in Zack Snyder's adaptation of Watchmen (2009).
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The film marks the second time that Andy Serkis has portrayed a comic book character. Serkis previously portrayed the character Ulysses Klaue in both Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Black Panther (2018). In this film, he portrays Alfred Pennyworth.
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Colin Farrell previously played the secondary villain, Bullseye, in Daredevil (2003). Ben Affleck, who portrayed Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the former film, is Robert Pattinson's direct predecessor in the Batman role. Farrell once again plays the secondary villain, The Penguin, to Pattinson's Batman in this film.
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This is not the first movie based on DC Comics for Peter Sarsgaard, after he previously played Hector Hammond in Green Lantern (2011).
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Nicholas Hoult, Armie Hammer and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were all in the running for the part of Batman before Robert Pattinson landed the gig.
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About 1hr 43 in, the song that can be heard in the background when Bruce Wayne is paying a visit to Carmine Falcone is called "I Have But One Heart" (1945). This version is sung by Al Martino, who also sang the song in the opening wedding scene in The Godfather (1972) as character Johnny Fontane.
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At one point, Catwoman refers to Batman as "Batboy". The last time the Batboy character was verbally referenced in a live-action film was Batman Forever (1995), where one of the main villains was also The Riddler.
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The film is the first Batman film where no music accompanies the title at the beginning of the film.
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The use of narcotics in the form of eyedrops also was a theme in Looper (2012).
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As the ninth live-action Batman, Robert Pattinson is the second British actor to portray the character. The first British actor is Christian Bale who portrays the seventh live-action Batman.
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The film is the first DC Movie released in 2022. The three films that follow are DC League of Super-Pets (2022), Black Adam (2022), and Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023), respectively.
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Jeffrey Wright is the second actor to play both Batman/Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon. The first is Ben McKenzie.
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The film is the third film that Michael Giacchino musically composed that's directed by Matt Reeves. The first two films are Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), respectively.
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Of all of the superhero films that he musically composed, this is Michael Giacchino's first DC Movie. Some of the rest of the films are Marvel Movies and Pixar Movies.
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The film is the seventh superhero film musically composed by Michael Giacchino. The first six films are The Incredibles (2004), Doctor Strange (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Incredibles 2 (2018), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), respectively. The film that follows this film is Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).
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Director Trademark 

Matt Reeves: [The Godfather (1972)] Reeves stated that Colin Farrell's Penguin takes inspiration from the character Fredo (John Cazale) in relation to the fact that both characters are underestimated by others but have huge potential.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Once the end credits finish rolling, a message states "goodbye," followed by the URL www.rataalada.com flashed across the screen, prompting moviegoers to visit the in-world website that the Riddler uses to taunt Batman. The website was also used by Warner Bros. for promoting the theatrical release, where fans could solve riddles regarding the movie. As of now, the site displays a banner which states that the domain has been seized by the Gotham City Police Department.
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When Riddler is caught by police in a corner diner, law enforcement find several identification cards on his person. One of them says "Edward Nashton" referencing the New Earth version of The Riddler who would eventually go on to change his name to Edward Nygma. Another ID card says "Patrick Parker" which is an alias long thought to have been used in the comics, although nobody could name a single issue where it happened. It wasn't until Alex Jaffe, who worked for the DC Comics webpage, tried to research where the name came from, that the truth came out. Turns out that in November of 2013, some unknown prankster edited Riddler's Wikipedia page to add "Patrick Parker" to his aliases. Without adding citation. People then started taking that Wikipedia page (or each other) as fact, assuming that if it's written on the internet, it must be true. And yet it never was.
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The news reporter that The Riddler references, and who Thomas Wayne is accused of ordering the death of, has the last name "Elliot". Thomas Elliot, in the comics, becomes the killer known as "Hush" whose father was unable to be saved by Dr. Thomas Wayne. The movie even has the word "Hush" over a picture of Elliot when talking about the hush money he refused from Thomas Wayne possibly hinting at his son appearing in the future to exact revenge on Bruce for the sins of his father.
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In the climax, a struggling Batman injects himself with a green drug that gets him back on his feet, but briefly drives him berserk. It looks a lot like Bane's Venom. In the comics, Bruce briefly became addicted to the drug so he could better protect people before Bane was even introduced.
Three weeks after the film's release, Warner Bros. released a deleted scene online where Batman visits The Joker in Arkham State Hospital. During the scene, Batman interrogates the Joker about who the identity of The Riddler possibly is. The scene was well received, and many people wondered why the scene wasn't in the film. Director Matt Reeves stated that he deliberately left it out because the scene tells the viewer exactly what motivation The Riddler is acting on.
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After Batman and Gordon interrogate Penguin, they abandon him, still tied up. This results in Penguin waddling away like an actual penguin.
In order to avoid spoiling his role as The Joker, Barry Keoghan filmed fake scenes wearing an officer uniform outside the mayor's funeral. Photos of him filming these fake scenes leaked, seemingly confirming his role as 'Officer Stanley Merkel.'
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Riddler's photos are all taken from the exact same angle and from the same spot; the apartment window he shoots Falcone from. In fact, Riddler assumed Batman had figured it out and did it on purpose.
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When attending the mayor's funeral, Bruce Wayne is seen driving a 1963 Corvette C2. In the 1970s, popular Batman comic book artist Neal Adams illustrated a Batmobile inspired by this Corvette.
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Although Barry Keoghan is simply credited as "Unseen Arkham Prisoner," it's obvious that he is the Joker. Director Matt Reeves has revealed that in The Batman's universe, Keoghan's Joker has had his scars from birth and his permanent smile is the result of a congenital disease, so he can't stop smiling. Batman has already encountered Joker in his first two years and they have a history together, although he isn't calling himself Joker yet. The obscured makeup was based on Conrad Veidt's appearance in The Man Who Laughs (1928). Veidt's role in this movie was the main influence for writers/creators Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson to create Joker.
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The Riddler can be seen peeking from his apartment window opposite the Iceberg Lounge at 31:55 minutes runtime.
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At the end of the film, Selina Kyle says she's going to Bludhaven. In the comics, Bludhaven is Gotham's sister city that would eventually be under the protection of the original Robin, Dick Grayson, under his new persona of Nightwing, as seen in various Nightwing comics.
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Director Matt Reeves on the Arkham scene at the end: "I never was trying to say like, 'Hey, guess what, here's the Joker. Next movie!' The idea was more to say, 'Hey, look, if you think that trouble is going to go away in Gotham, you can forget it. It's already here. And it's already delicious.'"
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The scene where Batman hits the top of a bus after escaping from the police building and the "Hit me!" scene in The Dark Knight (2008) were shot in the same street in Chicago; in S LaSalle Street/W Marble Place facing the Chicago Board of Trade Building.
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Except for the very end when Batman stops a group of shooters who have already started firing on a crowd, Batman never stops or impedes any of Riddlers plans.
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This is the first time since Batman (1966) that Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin and Joker have been in a live action Batman movie together.
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The movie establishes Martha Wayne's maiden name as Martha Arkham, as Arkham family contributed to create Gotham City in addition to create the Arkham State Hospital. This is the first movie to give more relevance to Martha Wayne instead of only Thomas Wayne.
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This is the first version of Batman since Batman & Robin (1997) to not feature a scene of Thomas and Martha's murder.
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The reveal of William Kenzie being an off-duty cop is hinted at the first time Batman sees him in the Iceberg Lounge--out of all the thugs attacking Batman, Kenzie is the only one to point his gun and warn him before firing (similarly to how cops yell "freeze!") whereas the twins just fire without notice immediately after.
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Bruce Wayne is confronted by an anonymous, angry citizen at the mayor's funeral. This man is one of Riddler's followers, who call themselves the "Bitter Nobodies." It's a name that reflects how society has treated them.
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The first Batman movie where he didn't have a final confrontation with the main villain. It was changed by a brief conversation in the jail previous to the final climax.
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Bruce uses high-tech contact lenses that allow him to record his actions as Batman. This is a concept actually introduced in the New 52 Batman comics by Scott Snyder in The Court of Owls story where Bruce equips himself with a contact lens that allows him to access the Batcomputer from any place in the world.
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The Batman (2022) has the most villains of Batman's rogue's gallery within a single movie since Batman (1966), premiered 55 years ago: Riddler, Penguin, Carmine Falcone and the Joker (as cameo at the ending).
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The movie ends, with multiple explosions around the city, on November 5th. The fifth of November is known in Britain as Guy Fawkes Night, commemorating the (foiled) Gunpowder Plot of 1605. It was also used as a key plot element in the DC comic "V for Vendetta" .
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The diner in which the Riddler is captured looks to have been inspired by Edward Hopper's famous 1942 painting "Nighthawks". The Riddler is seen, much like the subject of the painting, sitting alone, stirring a cup of coffee. Of the piece, Hopper stated that "unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city." This mood is mirrored flawlessly in The Batman's Gotham: a bustling city of fluorescence and promise that continually fails to emerge from its bleak and isolating shackles.
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The Riddler's hair when he is captured is noticeably flat against his head because of all the times he wears cling wrap on his head.
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The story about Thomas Wayne treating Carmine Falcone for a gunshot wound while young Bruce watches comes from the Long Halloween comic mini series. However, it is Vincent Falcone, Carmine's father, who brings him to Thomas, and Thomas refuses to accept any favors (monetary or otherwise) in return.
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Contrary to early fan theories, the substance Batman injects in his leg at the mayor-elect Bella Real's victory rally isn't the chemical compound known as Venom, used by the supervillain Bane in the comics. The fluid is actually a shot of adrenaline.
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Peter Sarsgaard who plays D.A. Colson is the real life husband of Maggie Gyllenhaal, who portrayed A.D.A Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight (2008). Both characters, in addition to working in the district attorney's office, met the same fate of dying in an explosion.
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Body Count: 5 (Mayor Mitchell, Annika, Commissioner Pete Savage, D.A. Gil Coulson, and Carmine Falcone confirmed. Possibly more from the car chase scene and the massive flood scene.)
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The fatal Rat Trap that The Riddler created and used to kill Commissioner Savage is likely based on an ancient method of torture. This type of torture involves the victim being bound to a table. A bottomless cage is filled with rats and is tied to the victim's abdomen. The cage is heated by hot coals or other forms of heat, which causes the rats to try to flee the cage. Out of desperation, the rats would dig into the victim's abdomen to try to escape.
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This film reunites Paul Dano and Peter Sarsgaard after Knight and Day (2010). Except in that film, Sarsgaard kidnaps Dano's character, whereas in this film it's the other way around.
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The neck restraint worn by both The Riddler and The Joker whilst incarcerated at Arkham Asylum, is similar to the one worn by Victor Szasz in the 'Arkham' video game series. Victor Szasz is a serial killer in the DC Universe and also a member of Batman's rogues gallery.
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The scene where Batman confronts Riddler in the interrogation room is somewhat similar to the final scene in Akira Kurosawa's High and Low (1963). The most obvious parallel is the image of a poor person looking up at where the rich people live with envy and wondering how and why they're struggling. Director Matt Reeves didn't list High and Low (1963) as an inspiration. Although, Reeves said multiple times that Kurosawa is one of his favorite filmmakers.
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At one point, when Bruce puts on a shirt as he goes to talk to Alfred, his bare back is shown for a few seconds. His back is shown to have many cuts and bruises that are in varying stages of healing. In a later scene where he's trying to put together clues of The Riddler's puzzles after Alfred was almost killed by a bomb sent by The Riddler that was meant for him (Bruce), he is shown shirtless and has some bruises on his chest. Similarly, in the uncensored version of the 2018 DC Black Label three-issue comic series, "Batman: Damned", Bruce Wayne was shown to have many cuts and bruises that are in varying stages of healing all over his body. In the first issue, there's a moment where Bruce strips naked in the Batcave so that the Bat Computer could scan his body to see if he has any serious injuries that he doesn't know about.
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During the scene where Batman and Catwoman return to her apartment to talk to her roommate and girlfriend, Annika, they end up inadvertently watching news coverage about the death of Commissioner Pete Savage. Batman and Catwoman see news footage of The Riddler holding Savage hostage before he (The Riddler) killed him (Savage) with The Rat Trap. In The Dark Knight (2008), the scene where Bruce and Alfred inadvertently watch a news coverage before Harvey Dent's party is similar. Bruce and Alfred end up seeing news footage of The Joker holding hostage and taunting Brian, a Batman impersonator, before killing him. In both scenes, before the creepy footage of a major Batman villain is shown on the news program, the Gotham newscasters warn viewers that what they are about to see is disturbing.
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Barry Keoghan is the second non-American actor to portray The Joker. The first non-American actor to portray the character was Heath Ledger. Ledger was Australian. Keoghan is Irish.
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The film has a few nods to John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). For example:
  • At the beginning of the film, The Riddler is breathing heavily while he watches the Mitchell Family on Halloween. He breathes similarly to Michael Myers when he (Myers) stalks his victims in Halloween (1978).
  • The scene where The Riddler ambushes and takes hostage D.A. Gil Coulson in Coulson's car mirrors the scene where Michael Myers ambushes and murders Annie Brackett in her car in Halloween (1978).
  • The scene where Batman and Gordon investigate the former Wayne Manor/Gotham Orphanage, there's a loud and frightening musical note heard when a figure runs across the hallway. The note sounds similar to the various creepy notes in Carpenter's Halloween (1978) score.
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The film is the second Batman film where Catwoman saves Batman. The first film is The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Toward the end of The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Bane was about to kill Batman. Catwoman, who was riding the Bat-Pod throughout the melee between the Gotham police and Bane's henchmen, ends up killing Bane by launching a canon into his chest. Toward the end of this film, one of The Riddler's followers/henchmen was about to shoot and kill Batman as he (Batman) was hanging off the rafter in the flooding stadium. Catwoman, who climbed up one of the rafters, ambushed the henchman and pushed him out of the way, and pulled Batman to safety.
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It was supposed to be a big secret that Barry Keoghan was playing the Joker but his brother let the cat out of the bag on social media.
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The film has some nods to the film Saw (2004). For example:
  • The Riddler's deep modulated voice sounds similar to Jigsaw's voice.
  • The way The Riddler sets his traps up and kills his victims are similar to Jigsaw's methods. For instance, The Riddler's fatal Rat Trap for Commissioner Savage is partially similar to Jigsaw's Reverse Bear Trap.
  • The scene where The Riddler purposefully lures Batman into playing a dangerous puzzle game during the hostage situation with Coulson is somewhat similar to Jigsaw forcing his victims to play dangerous puzzle games.
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'The Batman' is the first Batman theatrical movie since the time of Adam West to have Selina Kyle/Catwoman as a main character who is a love interest for Bruce Wayne/The Batman but not to have her find out that Bruce Wayne and The Batman are the same person. In fact, she never interacts with Bruce when he is not in his Batman costume. Also, Previous cinematic appearances of Catwoman (in 'Batman Returns' by Tim Burton and 'The Dark Knight Rises' by Christopher Nolan) have had Selina finding out that Batman and Bruce are one and the same in an important action sequence.
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This is the fifth Batman-related film that shows Batman in action in the daylight. The first four films are Batman (1966), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Justice League (2017), and Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021), respectively.
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With this film, Barry Keoghan is the second actor from Eternals (2021)'s cast to star in a Batman-related film. The first actor from the cast to star in a Batman-related film is Brian Tyree Henry. Henry starred in Joker (2019). Henry and Keoghan portrayed two of the Eternals (Phastos and Druig, respectively). Furthermore and interestingly, both actors portray characters related to the Arkham State Hospital. Henry portrayed Carl the Arkham State Hospital secretary who happened to be speaking to Arthur Fleck/Joker. And Keoghan portrayed The Joker, who is an Arkham State Hospital patient.
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This is the second comic book film in which Barry Keoghan has starred. The first film is Eternals (2021). Keoghan portrayed one of the Eternals, Druig. In this film, he portrays The Joker.
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