We have a little, possibly intriguing tidbit of information regarding The Batman. The long-gestating project has finally been picking up steam in recent months and is gearing up to shoot early next year. Matt Reeves was originally hired to direct in early 2017 and has been working on the screenplay ever since. Now, with Robert Pattinson set as our new Caped Crusader, cameras are nearly ready to roll. And we have just learned what the working title during production is going to be.
According to a new report, The Batman will be shooting under the title Vengeance. For those who may not know, working titles are used during filming, often on bigger movies, to either hide the real title or to help disguise the movie during production. Sometimes, they can hint at possible elements of the story. Though, more often than not, they end up not meaning much. Still, given that we know very little about this movie at the present time, it might be worth exploring, even if we're grasping at straws, what this could mean.
Vengeance is a term often associated with Batman. One could argue his whole quest to become a costumed crime fighter is an act of vengeance over the death of his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, who were gunned down in cold blood when he was a child. Based on what we know, it doesn't sound like The Batman will be an origin story, so hopefully we won't get another rehash of the Waynes getting murdered, but this could be signaling Bruce Wayne's motives. For me, what came to mind is the famous line, delivered by Kevin Conroy's version of the character in Batman: The Animated Series in the episode Nothing to Fear.
I am vengeance. I am the night. I am Batman!"
It could just be a little thematic nod to the character. At the very least, this signals that things are moving right along and, after years of development, this movie is finally getting made. Aside from Robert Pattinson, the cast has been adding A-list talent left and right as of late. The cast also includes Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Catwoman, Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) as Riddler, Colin Farrell (Dumbo) as Penguin, John Turturro (Transformers) as Carmine Falcone, Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as Commissioner Gordon and Andy Serkis (Black Panther) as Alfred. Peter Sarsgaard (The Killing) also recently joined the cast. His role hasn't been revealed but he may be playing Harvey Dent/Two-Face. Newcomer Jayme Lawson is also set to star in a mystery role.
Filming is set to begin early next year. As far as plot goes, Matt Reeves has revealed that it will be a noir-influenced detective story and, as we can see from the cast, it will include quite a few villains from the pages of DC Comics. The Batman is set to hit theaters on June 25, 2021. This news comes to us via Production Weekly.