Warner Bros has decided to push Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” from June 25, 2021 to Oct. 1, 2021.
The film, like many, has suffered production setbacks due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Director Reeves (the “Planet of the Apes” films) is at the helm of the highly-anticipated superhero jaunt, with Robert Pattinson (upcoming “Tenet,” “The Lighthouse,” “Good Time”) starring as Gotham City’s vigilante detective, Batman, and billionaire Bruce Wayne. Starring alongside Pattinson as Gotham’s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (the “Hunger Games” films) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Black Mass”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Dumbo”) as Oswald Cobblepot.
Previous reports suggested the film, which introduces audiences to a younger ‘Batman’, will see the crimefighter go up against a “rogue’s gallery” of villains.
Meanwhile, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has revealed that his abandoned “Batman” project “Batman : Year One” would’ve starred Joaquin Phoenix.
Speaking to Empire, the “Requiem for a Dream” director said one of the major reasons the project fell apart was because he and WB couldn’t settle on a lead.
“The studio wanted Freddie Prinze Jr and I wanted Joaquin Phoenix. I remember thinking, ‘Uh oh, we”re making two different films here.’ That”s a true story. It was a different time. The ‘Batman’ I wrote was definitely a way different type of take than they ended up making.”
Aronofsky, who went on to direct such films as “The Fountain” and “Noah”, said he was excited to work with Frank Miller on the film – the template of which he compared to gritty ’70s classics “The French Connection” and “Taxi Driver”.
“It was an amazing thing because I was a big fan of his graphic novel work, so just getting to meet him was exciting back then. The Batman that was out before me was ‘Batman & Robin,” the famous one with the nipples on the Batsuit, so I was really trying to undermine that, and reinvent it. That”s where my head went.”