Undoubtedly 'The Batman' has been one of the great premieres of the year. The Matt Reeves film continues to hit the box office and so far ranks as the highest grossing film of 2022. The new story with Robert Pattinson as the titular hero was responsible for attracting a huge amount of public.
Preparing The Batman to become DC Comics' biggest hero was not easy for Pattinson. The actor had to undergo a rigorous exercise and training routine to be able to move around in the suit and perform the demanding action scenes. The result was incredible, since what was seen in the film demonstrates all the effort that the British actor put into it.
In this context of exercises, a funny anecdote arises which comes from one of Robert's best friends, actor Eddie Redmayne. In his early days in the industry, the Fantastic Beasts star was roommates with Robert, Andrew Garfield, Charlie Cox and Jamie Dorman. Since then this group of friends became inseparable.
Redmayne was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon for the arrival of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets. While speaking with Fallon, the actor confessed that Pattinson went through such a physical change to become Batman that he didn't recognize him in the gym.
YouTube channel has made a video showing off a very low budget version of The Batman. The really impressive thing is that despite the fact that they claim that they only needed 20 dollars to film the parody of the film directed by Matt Reeves, the result is extremely good, compared to the money spent, as can be seen in the video.
Although there have been countless cinematic portrayals of the DC hero in Gotham over time, it's arguably the most recent one that's also the most likely to benefit from a parody. The reason is very simple: the more serious, rigid or dark the approach, the better it will adapt to a reimagining of the comic, since the serious point of view can take on very funny nuances, simply by exaggerating the tone.
Borrowing heavily from the first teaser trailer, they reimagine The Batman as if it was shot for just $20, including a host of cheap costumes and flimsy props as you'd expect. They parody many of the memorable scenes, like Robert Pattinson's Batman mercilessly beating up a thug and Selina Kyle's line "I like alley cats."
But without a doubt the ones who are best portrayed are the villains of the film. Both Paul Dano's The Riddler, with a mask made of a garbage bag and duct tape, and Colin Farrell's Penguin and his facial scars, fall victim to this rock-bottom parody of The Batman.
The Batman has surpassed 700 million dollars at the box office worldwide. The Matt Reeves film is consolidated as one of the best premieres in theaters since the pandemic broke out, data that invites optimism in the sector and that places the film starring Robert Pattinson as the eighth highest-grossing film in the history of the DC universe.
Although it seems difficult to reach the 1,148 million dollars of Aquaman, an absolute blockbuster for DC in its particular DC expanded cinematographic universe, The Batman already surpasses The Man of Steel with 668 million dollars and The Justice League of 2017 directed by Joss Whedon with 657 million dollars. Let's take a look at how the ranking is, a Top-10 in which The Batman has proven to be successful commercially. How far will it go?
The Batman is only available in theaters. On April 19, it will join the HBO Max catalog, so we can see it from home and enjoy its high quality. You can read our review of the film in this article. "Dark, beautifully made, visually impeccable and with a soundtrack that permeates that same sobriety, The Batman is a film that captivates due to its setting and the construction of its narrative, piece by piece," we say in the text.
Despite multiple problems in its commercial journey The Batman enters the 700 million club with a weekend of 24.2 million and the certainty of ending in numbers that certify success from the Matt Reeves movie. In North America, after 31 days and 5 weekends in theaters, it scratches about 11 million more for a total of 349.0 million. With the 400 finals already ruled out at the domestic box office, and with the release on the HBO Max platform getting closer, The Batman will exceed the 350 million mark this Monday on the way to about 370-380 million.
An amount that places it as the 58th most successful film in history (unadjusted figures) and with options to enter the Top 50. It is also the fourth most successful film released in March; the fourth DC movie (after Wonder Woman and, of course, the Dark Knight/Rises duo) and the eighteenth in the superhero genre. We highlight having surpassed all the previous films of the so-called, and failed, DCEU: especially Batman V Superman (including adjusting for the inflation of the average ticket price). In that case, Zack Snyder's film had a historic crash that dried up its box office in the final 330.3 million.
Internationally, The Batman scratches 13.4 million for a total of 361.5 million. The domestic (Canada + USA) and international (world minus domestic) ratio remains close to 50/50 (49.1 vs 50.9, to be exact) which attests to the enormous domestic success for an equally high but more content international one. We highlight the 50.2 million in the United Kingdom, 29.5 in Mexico, 25.6 in Australia, 23.6 in France, 21.6 in Brazil, 20.1 in China, 17.1 in Germany, 11.1 in Spain, 10.9 in Italy, 9.6 in Saudi Arabia and 9.4 in Japan. With the declines (percentage drop) that The Batman experiences at the international box office, combined with slightly better percentages at the domestic box office, The Batman should end up somewhere between $750 million and $780 million.
Although it is true that 1 billion was initially considered as a horizon figure, and bearing in mind that the double loss (triple, in fact) of China and Russia/Ukraine, which has subtracted a few tens of millions (we would be talking, with complete certainty, of far exceed 800 million), the final figures of The Batman at the box office continue to be a success. It is currently the 125th most successful movie in history (unadjusted figures) and with a final between 750 and 780 million it could end up very close to the Top 100. Currently that position is occupied by Deadpool 2 with 785.2 million.
If we look only at DC movies: The Batman is currently in seventh position, behind Aquaman (1148.5 million), The Dark Knight Rises (1081.1), Joker (1074.4), The Dark Knight (1006.1), Batman V Superman (873.6), Wonder Woman (822.8). With these figures and the almost total certainty that it will not exceed 800 million, we can certify that it will remain in that position.
The HBO Max streaming platform, which is now part of the Warner Bros. Discovery conglomerate, after the merger of Warner Media and Discovery, has a premiere schedule for 2022, which is the envy of other services. The Batman, Venom 2 and Fantastic Beasts 3 debut on HBO Max in April and May.
But they are not the only premieres. Venom 2 and Fantastic Beasts 3 will be joined by Morbius, Black Adam and Spider-Man 3: No Way Home, at least in Latin America, since in the United States, the Spider-Man film will do so on the Starz platform.
On the one hand, Warner Bros., which is behind HBO Max, said that from 2022 it will release all its films, 45 days after they have arrived in theaters. But, in addition, due to previously signed contracts, it has the rights to Sony Pictures movies (such as Morbius, Venom 2 and Spider-Man 3) for broadcast in Latin America. Even titles from Disney's 20th Century Studios premiere in the United States on HBO Max.
The Batman premieres on HBO Max on April 19, 2022. “This Batman stops at nothing and no one and advances against those who put the peace of the city at risk, being the true protector of Gotham. But in that action, he is learning and adding experience, at the same time that the public witnesses that growth. From there, the film offers all the seasonings of the genre, from the aesthetic to the narrative, with a Batman immersed in a violent and corrupt city that is plunged into darkness and that has the Superhero as a police investigator, "said the journalist Leo Deangelis.
Venom 2, for its part, opens on April 22, 2022. In the film, Tom Hardy, represents the lethal protector of another world, faces Cletus Cassady, the bloodiest enemy in the history of Spider-Man who is knows him as Carnage. Eddie Brock is an investigative reporter who was infected by an alien symbiote while working on a newspaper exhibit.
Several actors have been trusted to play characters who have this super-sophisticated crime-fighting weapon, such as Lewis Wilson (1943), Robert Lowery (1949), Adam West (1966), Michael Keaton (1989), Val Kilmer (1995), George Clooney ( 1997), Christian Bale (2005), Ben Affleck (2016), to Robert Pattinson (2022).
After The Dark Knight Trilogy ended, Batman is back with a different character and nuance in the film The Batman (2022) made by director Matt Reeves.
In contrast to most Batman films which are identical to live-action, Matt Reeves is considered brave enough to package online this film outside the mainstream of superhero films in general.
This time Batman alias Bruce Wayne, played by Robert Pattinson, is told as a character who is psychologically unstable, melancholy, and gloomy, but on the other hand brutal.
This is caused by a childhood trauma when he had to witness his parents being killed by unknown people who carried out acts of violence as a form of protest against the government of Gotham City.
In addition to destroying crime, in The Batman film Bruce Wayne also doubles as a detective in solving puzzles made by his main enemy.
Regarding the detective theme, Reeves turned out to be inspired by films directed by David Fincher such as Se7en (1995) and Zodiac (2007). So you will definitely feel the same atmosphere when watching The Batman movie.
In terms of setting, Reeves illustrates Gotham City by color grading dark colors as a gloomy concrete forest, always cloudy, desperate, criminal, and corrupt.
There is also an antagonist, The Riddler aka Edward Nashton, played by Paul Dano. As an antagonist, he has his own charm in carrying out his evil mission because he likes to create puzzles that must be solved by Batman.
Interestingly, The Riddler is an important character in the storytelling plot, especially in uncovering the crimes of the rulers and representatives of the people of Gotham City who turned out to be very corrupt, but covered up.
Even so, the nearly three-hour film also received a lot of criticism from fans, especially in the character of Bruce Wayne.
In the Batman comics No. 4 (1990) Wayne once told Robin not to kill with any weapon. However, in this film, he actually violates his own rules by carrying out brutal killings of his enemies in several scenes.
Eddie has merged with the alien Venom, and the two have to share the same body and a small apartment, often with hilarious and incredibly exciting results. But he discovers that living with a symbiote is not an easy thing, and he begins to investigate the nature of Venom.
And Fantastic Animals 3, still does not have a confirmed date but it will be at the end of May. If the movie does better than expected at the box office, it could be delayed for a few weeks.