The Batman’s runtime has been confirmed by Warner Bros., and it is even longer than predicted. In Matt Reeves’ highly anticipated solo feature, Robert Pattinson is going to play Bruce Wayne. When Justice League star Ben Affleck exited the role, the film was converted to Ben Affleck’s solo DCEU outing. Now, outside of the regular DCEU, The Batman will recount the story of Bruce Wayne’s early years fighting crime in Gotham City.
In the next film, Batman will face up against a variety of villains, including Paul Dano’s Riddler and Colin Farrell’s Penguin. Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, will be played by Zoë Kravitz, with Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred. Batman’s runtime became a subject of debate after several websites published varying runtimes ranging from a little over two hours to nearly three hours. The film’s official runtime has now been revealed.
The Batman’s length is two hours and 55 minutes, with eight minutes for the credits, according to Warner Bros. As a result, The Batman is the longest solo Caped Crusader film ever made. There’s no word on whether the 8-minute credits scene includes any mid- or post-credits scenes.
The Batman’s duration is sure to split viewers, much as the debate about the film’s PG-13 rating, but it should eventually come as a relief. While some may wonder why any film needs to be at least three hours long, it was clear from the start that The Batman would require plenty of time to tell its whole storyline. Not only will Bruce Wayne have to deal with Riddler (who appears to be discovering the Wayne family’s dark history), but the existence of Penguin and Catwoman in the film suggests that various relationships will need to be fleshed out properly.