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The Batman: Every Update You Need to Know

Here's every update you need to know about Matt Reeves' The Batman, including its trailer, cast, story, release date, and more.

The Batman is coming, although he'll look a little different. The new movie, due in 2021, will be directed by Matt Reeves and star a new, younger Batman. Ben Affleck was originally going to write, direct and star in the movie, but stepped away from the project following Justice League. Reeves' version of the movie features a "rogues gallery" and will be a hard-boiled noir detective movie. It's still unclear who will be playing the new Bruce Wayne, but it's expected to be a more youthful take.

  • Movie Title: The Batman
  • Release Date: June 25, 2021
  • Cast: Unknown
  • Director: Matt Reeves
  • Writer: Matt Reeves

Last Updated: February 1, 2019

Ben Affleck Will Be Replaced By a Younger Actor

DCEU Batman Ben Affleck

After over a year of back-and-forth rumors, it was officially confirmed that Ben Affleck would not be donning the cape and cowl of the World's Greatest Detective, Batman, in the Matt Reeves Batman movie. Affleck's relationship with the Batman role was tumultuous after the brutal reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and behind the scenes drama with Justice League, so his exit does not come as a surprise to many.

It's not yet known who will replace Affleck, but they will likely be an actor in their 20s or early 30s, as Reeves' Batman script will focus on a younger version of the character.

Read more: The Batman: Matt Reeves Turns In Script Focused On Young Batman

The Batman's Supporting Cast Hasn't Been Revealed

Batman V Superman Jeremy Irons Alfred Pennyworth Poster

The Batman's supporting cast hasn't been revealed so far, nor are there any indications as to who will appear in the movie. Previous supporting cast members like Jeremy Irons, who plays Alfred Pennyworth, and J.K. Simmons, who made his debut as Commissioner Gordon in 2017's Justice League are unlikely to return due to the timeline shift.

Read more: Casting The DCEU's Bat Family

The Batman Will Feature Multiple Villains

The Batman was originally supposed to feature Deathstroke as the titular villain, played by Joe Manganiello, but that was when the story was being written by Ben Affleck and DC Films co-chief Geoff Johns. Now that Matt Reeves is starting over from scratch, Manganiello is unlikely to be a factor anymore, and instead, Reeves' movie is said to have a "rogues gallery," suggesting Batman could confront a number of his most famous foes. Reeves also specified no actors have been cast yet.

Read more: Matt Reeves' The Batman Will Feature Multiple Villains

The Batman's Trailer Hasn't Released Yet

The Batman doesn't have a trailer yet. Depending on when the movie releases, audiences should expect to see at least a teaser trailer at the previous year's San Diego Comic-Con.

The Batman's Poster Hasn't Released Yet

The Batman doesn't have a poster yet, but there have plenty of fan-made posters for the film, some of which could even inspire Warner Bros.' marketing team to mimic for the actual campaign.

The Batman Will Release in June 2021

Ben Affleck as Batman and the Justice League

The Batman is slated to release on June 25, 2021. It is one of 3 DC movies currently slated to release in 2021 with DC's Super Pets coming out on May 21, The Batman on June 25, and James Gunn's The Suicide Squad on August 6.

Batman has a long history of June release dates, with every Batman movie up to Batman Begins opening in June, with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises opening in July.

Read More: The Batman Releasing Summer 2021 With New Actor

The Batman's DCEU Connections Are Unclear

Matt Reeves previously claimed The Batman is part of the DCEU, but at the same time, it's being billed as a standalone story. With the DCEU focusing more on individual characters and less on a shared universe, it may not matter as much, but fans will certainly be curious to know if this new Batman will be a younger version of the same character portrayed by Ben Affleck, or if his future is yet to be written.

Read more: Predicting The DCEU's Legion of Doom Plans

The Batman Is Directed By Matt Reeves

The Batman solo movie originally had Ben Affleck attached to direct in addition to writing and producing, as well as starring in the title role. Then, in January 2017, Affleck stepped down from directing the project due, which later revealed was because it was too much work to do for a project like that. Then, one month after Affleck left his directorial duties behind, Warner Bros. hired Matt Reeves to direct The Batman.

Read more: Matt Reeves Reveals His Favorite Batman Comics

The Batman Is Written By Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves - The Batman

The Batman was originally written by Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns (with a rewrite from Chris Terrio), though their draft of the script had been thrown out when Matt Reeves boarded the film. Reeves is re-writing The Batman script from scratch and is rumored to be working alongside his Planet of the Apes collaborator Mark Bomback.

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