‘The Batman’ teaser: DC boss confirms timeline different from ‘Justice League’

The Batman updates are pouring at the DC FanDome event this Saturday, Aug. 22, including the first teaser’s release. DC boss Walter Hamada also confirmed that the new movie starring Robert Pattinson is set in a different timeline than Justice League.

Director Matt Reeves introduced The Batman teaser to the online event. Reeves said that this is not an origin story, but it will touch on the character’s beginnings as the Caped Crusader.

“It’s a detective story, a mystery, it’s got, of course, action, and it’s incredibly personal for him,” Reeves said. “He’s kind of a growing legend and [criminals] are afraid of him. He’s not a symbol of hope yet.”

Separate from Justice League

Hamada, on the other hand, discussed in the same Multiverse 101 DC FanDome panel that The Batman will take place on a different earth than the Justice League movie. The movie happens in a new earth introduced in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), and Batman is on his second year as a crime-fighting superhero.

The DC boss revealed this information amid fans’ concern that the new film will affect other solo movies in the DCEU.

“We don’t have to worry about how that would impact Aquaman 2 or The Flash because it’s all just part of the multiverse,” Hamada said.

The Batman also stars Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/Riddler, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin.

“Selina isn’t Catwoman yet. Oswald isn’t the Penguin yet — in fact, he doesn’t like being called the Penguin,” Reeves added.

Production for The Batman is currently on pause due to the coronavirus lockdown. The cast and crew will be back to work in January 2021 in London.

A Prequel TV Show

Meanwhile, The Batman DC FanDome panel also unveiled plans for a prequel TV series that will air on the streaming platform, HBO Max. The show will cover Batman’s year one, and Boardwalk Empire’s Terence Winter is writing the scripts. It’s unclear if the series will feature Pattinson.

Potentially, the prequel comes from the point of view of a crooked cop who knows the years of corruption in the police force. He will detail how a masked vigilante “starts to unsettle the city.”

The Batman has a planned October 2021 theater date, but that might change because of the production delays. DC and Warner Bros have not given any hint of release changes for now.

Image courtesy of Warner Bros/YouTube

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