Matt Reeves’ The Batman will premiere on HBO Max in April 2022, a month after its theatrical release, according to WarnerMedia CEO Jason Killar.
Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, Paul Dano, and Colin Farrell star in Reeves’ fresh take on the classic DC Comics hero. The Batman is Warner Bros.’ next DC film, but it will not take place in the DCEU canon.
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From concept to completion, the Batman has had a long and winding road. Ben Affleck was supposed to write, direct, and star in his own Batman film. Following Affleck’s departure, Reeves joined the project, revising the storyline to focus on a younger version of the hero, this time played by Pattinson, outside of the main DCEU timeline. Filming began in Glasgow and Liverpool, United Kingdom, in 2020.
However, because to the COVID-19 pandemic, production was halted, including when Pattinson tested positive in September 2020. The release date was pushed back from June 2021 to March 4, 2022, due to the delays.
Killar stated to Vox’s Recode (via Comicbook) that the film will premiere on HBO Max on April 19, 2022. Following a 45-day theatrical exclusive window, The Batman will join DC’s collection of movies and flicks 46 days after its premiere. Killar described the decision as a “significant departure” from the companies’ previous release schedules from 2016 through 2019.
Check out Killar’s full response below
“Think about when movies would show up on HBO, which is eight to nine months after theatrical premiere. The Batman is going to show up on day 46 on HBO Max. That is a huge change from where things were in 2018, 2017, 2016.”
Beginning with Wonder Woman 1984, WarnerMedia adjusted its release strategies to account for theatre closures and lockdowns imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2021.
Warner Bros. published films onto HBO Max simultaneously with their theatrical premieres, despite outcry from directors and industry figures at the time of announcement. The Suicide Squad, Dune, and The Matrix Resurrections were among the films distributed this way. With the reopening of theatres, Killar reconsidered his strategy, claiming that Warner Bros. will rerelease its slate first, albeit with a shorter 45-day exclusive time.