The Batman logo debut

Via CBR:

Director Matt Reeves has debuted the official logo for The Batman, along with Jim Lee artwork for DC FanDome.

Reeves shared the logo and artwork on Twitter with the caption, “Excited to share the very first look at our official #TheBatman logo, and some very cool additional #DCFanDome artwork by the amazing @jimlee — see more of #TheBatman at the #DCFanDome global event in the Hall of Heroes this Saturday, 8/22! #TheBatman #DCFanDome #ForTheFans” Much like the first look at Robert Pattinson in the Bat suit, the logo for The Batman finds the film’s title filled in dark red.

The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves and co-written by Reeves and Mattson Tomlin. The film stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/ Batman, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/ Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/ The Penguin, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/ The Riddler, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone and Peter Sarsgaard as District Attorney Gil Colson. The Batman is set to be released in theaters on October 1, 2021.

New images from The Batman

Some new images of the upcoming film The Batman starring Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader have emerged. They depict Batman in full costume as well as out of costume as Bruce Wayne. Additionally, Catwoman (played by Zoe Kravitz) can be seen. The film is set in the early days of the dark knight and will feature several of his rogues.

The Batman is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by DC Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it was developed as the eleventh film in the DC Extended Universe and a reboot of the Batman film franchise.
Release date: October 1, 2021
Director: Matt Reeves
Screenplay: Matt Reeves

Zack Snyder teases material of Justice League

The debacle that is the Justice League film is one of studio interference and tragedy. Snyder removed himself from the film after a personal tragedy and the studio removed much of what he had filmed from the movie, hiring Joss Whedon to re-shoot 60% of what remained. You do the math. It’s a mess.

But finally, for better or worse, we are getting the movie as it should have been, as the director envisioned, with no studio intervention or light humor. At 4 hours long, it’s going to be a mammoth flick but will it be worth all the build up?

Via Polygon:

The cry to “release the Snyder Cut” always came from two directions.

There were the fans — who prayed that an Actually Good Version of 2017’s Justice League was out there and finished enough for a faithless Warner Bros. to unveil it after enough pressure — and then there was Snyder himself, who stoked the well-meaning-but-occasionally-toxic action. The director never went so far as to badmouth the finished product, which was reshot by Warner Bros. under the supervision of Avengers director Joss Whedon, but he spent years teasing what could have been, posting set photos, fan art, and snippets of blurry footage on his Vero account to make fans salivate.

The tactic worked: In May, WarnerMedia announced that a four-hour cut of Justice League would land on HBO Max in 2021. The movie they didn’t have enough confidence to put into theaters in 2017 would now be a gift to Snyder’s acolytes.

“The fans have asked, and we are thrilled to finally deliver,” Robert Greenblatt, chairman, of Warner Media Entertainment and direct-to-consumer, said during the announcement. “At the end of the day, it really is all about them and we are beyond excited to be able to release Zack’s ultimate vision for this film.”

The revival of Zack Snyder’s Justice League vindicated champions of the director as well as detractors: Technically, the movie wasn’t sitting around waiting for release, but there were enough bits and pieces that, with millions of dollars invested in post-production, there was a product to salvage. During the May announcement, Snyder said it was finally time for him to go away and spend a year finishing the new version. But in the grand tradition of the Snyder Cut, the director has remained in the spotlight of his fans, teasing what’s to come. It’s possible we might see the entire film in pre-color-corrected, .mp4 chunks before it arrives in full.

The tease campaign began with a low-res shot of the movie’s villain, Darkseid, standing in front of a battalion of alien warships. In June, we got a short clip of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman coming face to face with Darkseid’s past. Like a comic book movie advent calendar, July had its own surprise. During a panel at JusticeCon, a fan-organized event run in parallel to first-ever digital San Diego Comic-Con, Snyder released the first clip of a Henry Cavill as Superman, donning a black costume that’s become legendary to Snyder Cut proponents. The suit is a reference to the celebrated Death of Superman comic.

“We’re going to see it in all of its massively glorious action. But a nice, slow walk-up might be nice to see it for the first time,” Snyder said of the clip, in which Superman meets Alfred for the first time. You can watch the footage at 31:43 in the panel video.

As Snyder notes, fans have seen a bit of this costume in action before. The black suit appeared in an early trailer for Justice League, and a colorized version of the clip was packaged as a deleted scene. The black suit has become something of a symbol of Snyder’s original vision, and to see it alive on screen is proof for handful of diehard fans yes, this is all really happening.

“There will be no chance on Earth that I would use a shot that was made after I left the movie,” Snyder said. “I would rather destroy the movie, I would set it on fire, then use a single frame that I did not photograph. That is a fucking hard fact.”

Snyder is set to tease even more of Zack Snyder’s Justice League at DC Fandome, the DC Comics digital event, which begins on Aug. 22.

Robert Pattinson’s Batsuit will be something new

Batman has had many different costumes over his 80 years of crime fighting. While there have been variations, there are some constants. But when it comes to the cinematic versions of the Caped Crusader, the differences can be drastic. Robert Pattinson’s costume is another armored outfit with a raised collar and highly defined bat symbol that is rumored to be mace from the handgun that killed his parents.

When The Batman finally arrives we are sure to see a new iteration of the Dark Knight. But will he soar?

Via Screenrant:

Matt Reeves’ The Batman is set to feature a radically different version of the Caped Crusader, and one element that sets him apart is the Batsuit. Fans are waiting with bated breath for more information about Robert Pattinson’s take on Batman, and so far, the only bits of information known about Reeves’ approach to the character is that this won’t be a traditional origin story, but instead, a “Year Two” style story in which Batman is still adjusting to his war on crime.

With Pattinson starring as the titular vigilante, fans are certainly in store for an unorthodox approach to the character. He’s teased that his version of the character will be just as “unhinged” as previous characters that he has played, as well as pointing to the character’s moral grayness as a defining factor behind his decision to play him. The Batman that Matt Reeves is cultivating in this version of Gotham already promises to be unique, and this is reflected in the few glimpses that fans have been able to get of the Batsuit.

Flashpoint focus

The upcoming Flash movie is still in production but rumors state that it will adapt the Flashpoint storyline which explored the multiverse of possibilities in the DC Universe. In the story, Flash travels back in time to save his mother’s life and thus changes all of DC continuity. The results are staggering and the world is on the brink of disaster. If this is all true, it will be the most ambitious DC film to date. But will it outreach its possibilities? Is it too much too soon? That remains to be seen.

Via Screenrant:

DC’s upcoming Flash movie is serving almost the exact opposite function of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Even before a global pandemic swept in and put a complete halt on the industry, 2020 felt like a transitional year for superhero movies. After years of dominance, Marvel found themselves in uncharted waters for the first time, with the Infinity saga complete and major stars such as Scarlet Witch, Loki and Falcon all making their way to Disney+. After initially attempting to emulate the shared universe format of the MCU, and not achieving the desired results, DC movies have branched and forged a movie series format all of their own.

Gotham PD series coming to HBO Max


The Batman director Matt Reeves is developing a TV spinoff about the Gotham PD for his upcoming Batman reboot for HBO Max. The series will be overseen by Reeves and Terrence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), and “will be set in the world Reeves is creating for the feature film “The Batman,” with the intent being to launch a new Batman universe across multiple platforms. It is said to build on the film’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City.” It is the first project in an overall deal Reeves has with Warner Bros. TV, and marks a bold (but familiar) new expansion of the Batman franchise.

Matt Reeves has issued the following statement about the project (via Warner Bros.):

“This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a longform format can afford — and getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream.”

Rock God Superman

The Death Metal series is depicting new versions of classic iconic characters in a death metal world ruled by the Batman Who Laughs. So far we have seen Swamp Thing and Wonder Woman but issue 3 will finally introduce Superman who looks like he plays a mean riff.

Via Screenrant:

Superman is rocking out in Death Metal fashion (literally) in the newest variant cover by Doug Mahnke and David Baron. The variant cover highlights a grungy look for the Man of Steel for the upcoming Dark Nights: Death Metal #3 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.

The cover shows a Superman who would look more at home on Metalocalypse rather than Action Comics. With long hair and heat vision, Superman is shredding a sick guitar riff in a sleeveless tank top adorned with his classic “S”, along with chains at his waist, and of course, black leather pants. His left arm is also made of stone, giving him an even more metal appearance. Superman is rocking out so hard the sound system is exploding behind him, with monitors and amps exploding in the air. A Batman is looking over his shoulder, though since his features are obscured, it’s impossible to tell which one. All the while the undead surround Superman.

Ben Affleck to return as Batman?

Say what you will about the Batman V Superman and Justice League films but for my money one thing they got right was Batman. Ben Affleck owned the role and made it into something new. A brutal and powerful Dark Knight, his version of the Caped Crusader was a force of nature.

With the failure of the Justice League movie and the Batman solo film going to Robert Pattinson, it appeared that Affleck had hung up his tights. But with the recent announcement of the Snyder cut of Justice League on HBO Max, that may all have changed.

Via WeGotThisCovered:

As per the scoop from tipster Mikey Sutton, “Snyder could be allowed to make up for lost time and make more DC-related movies if his cut of Justice League is successful.” Although, these future projects would very likely end up on HBO Max “since censorship and compromise won’t be an issue.”

With confirmation that Matt Reeves’ The Batman won’t be considered official canon and Keaton’s return opening up the multiverse, it’s also been claimed that Affleck’s take on the Dark Knight would be an HBO Max exclusive, with the streaming service primed to be the new home for more mature and adult-orientated DC content.

With the rumor mill having recently gone into overdrive, Affleck’s return is looking more likely by the day, and the thought of HBO Max becoming the go-to place for DCEU stories that are made with complete freedom and the absence of the studio interference that’s plagued the franchise so far could turn out to be a masterstroke by Warner Bros. from both a creative and commercial standpoint, one that would guarantee a huge influx of subscribers as a result.

Extended cut of Batman Forever

The third Batman film of the 80’s into the 90’s, Batman Forever these days is associated with bat-nipples and camp but many forget that it was a roaring success at the time of its release and demanded a sequel almost right away… and we know how that turned out.

Joel Schumacher developed a different vision of Batman from Burton’s that was camper and had a kind of neon noir look to it. It has its moments and is at least better than Batman and Robin but I can’t say it is high on my list of Batman movies. Nevertheless I have to admit that I am intrigued by a longer cut that delved more deeply into the darkness of Batman’s inner world.

Via ComicBook:

A super-sized version of Joel Schumacher‘s Batman Forever reportedly exists in the form of a nearly three-hour director’s cut. Writer and podcaster Marc Bernardin reported on Fatman Beyond that he had it on very good authority that a 170-minute cut of the movie exists, but that Warner Bros. has never made a move toward releasing it because they weren’t sure whether there was a market for a longer, darker version of a lighthearted, popcorn-movie version of Batman. The film, in which Val Kilmer played Batman while Chris O’Donnell played Robin, Jim Carrey was The Riddler, and Tommy Lee Jones was Two-Face, was a turning point for the character.

When Batman came out in 1989, Tim Burton rebelled against the camp and silliness that most non-comics audiences associated with the character as a result of the wildly popular 1966 Batman TV series. Burton went darker still with Batman Returns, and when Warner Bros. wanted to try something else for the third movie, Schumacher presented a neon-technicolor film, saturated with camp and bringing the spirit of the ’60s show to the big screen.

“I have it on pretty good authority that there exists in the Warner Bros. vault a 170-minute cut of Batman Forever,” Bernardin told his co-host Kevin Smith. “I think that it went much deeper into his childhood psychosis and his mental blocks and that it was a more serious, darker version of that movie that was one of the first assemblies that Joel filed with the studio and they eventually cut it down because they were like ‘it’s too dark for kids. We gotta sell these Happy Meals, so maybe let’s not invest ourselves in the trauma of childhood murder. We’ve got Jim Carrey, let him do some s–t.”

Smith said that while WB might doubt it, he strongly suspects fans would like to see the extended cut, noting that post-laserdisc and DVD, audiences are smart enough to understand the differences between cuts.

See my review of Batman Forever here