A new synopsis for The Batman arrives establishing Robert Pattinson's titular hero's status as the World's Greatest Detective. Co-written and directed by Matt Reeves, the film serves as a reboot of the Batman film franchise and separate from the ongoing DC Extended Universe following Ben Affleck's departure from the project in early 2019. Pattinson leads The Batman's ensemble cast that also includes Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon, John Turturro as crime boss Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot, better known as the Penguin.


Primarily taking inspiration from Year One and The Long Halloween, the film sees Pattinson's Batman in his second year of fighting crime in Gotham as he begins to tackle the city's tangled web of corruption while also searching for the cryptic serial killer known as The Riddler. Production on The Batman was a bumpy journey as the crew sought to work around the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in filming lasting from January 2020 to March 2021. Originally slated for a June 2021 release, The Batman was pushed to a March 2022 theatrical release as the studio sought to keep it exclusively on the big screen while shuffling others to a hybrid theatrical/HBO Max release.

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With only a few months remaining until the film's long-awaited arrival, Warner Bros. has released a new The Batman synopsis, establishing Pattinson's Dark Knight as the World's Greatest Detective. The plot description also teases his journey through the criminal underworld and the relationships he'll forge to put a stop to The Riddler's killings. Read the new synopsis below:

It’s not just a call… It’s a warning.

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson in the dual role of Gotham City’s vigilante detective and his alter ego, reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne. Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies—Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright)—amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.

Robert Pattinson in The Batman

The new Batman synopsis marks an interesting highlight in the film's devotion to establishing Pattinson's incarnation of the Dark Knight as the World's Greatest Detective. Reeves has discussed his desire to explore this side of the DC Comics hero in comparison to previous Batman films, a notion which many audiences and longtime comic book readers have eagerly responded to. The footage and marketing for The Batman thus far have certainly teased an interesting development of Wayne's skills as the World's Greatest Detective, pitting him against a villain who will require the Dark Knight to utilize all of his investigative abilities to put a stop to the Riddler in a David Fincher-inspired environment.

Though it is interesting to note that The Riddler is listed as a character Pattinson encounters in his search for the serial killer, previous trailers and plot synopses have confirmed Dano's villain to be the main antagonist of The Batman. The synopsis also teases to forging of relationships from the criminal underworld, pointing towards audiences' highly anticipated pairing of Pattinson's Batman with Kravitz's Catwoman. The wait for The Batman is nearing an end as the film is set to hit theaters on March 4, 2022.

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Key Release Dates
  • The Batman (2022)Release date: Mar 04, 2022
  • Black Adam (2022)Release date: Jul 29, 2022
  • The Flash (2022)Release date: Nov 04, 2022
  • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2022)Release date: Dec 16, 2022
  • Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023)Release date: Jun 02, 2023
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