Batman may take audiences to a particularly seedy version of Gotham City, but it's not raining on the film's parade of performances at the global box office.
Matt Reeves' version of the Caped Crusader stormed into the second-biggest opening weekend of the pandemic era (behind only Spider-Man: No Way Home), earning $128,5 million in the US and $248,5. .XNUMX million worldwide.
No Way Home scored an almighty $587.2 million worldwide debut on the cusp of becoming the fourth biggest movie of all time, but Batman's first commercial success marks an equally impressive triumph considering the turbulent reception many DC films have suffered. in recent years.
It's also surprising that Robert Pattinson's The Dark Knight performs so well, regardless of the mixed reactions to previous DC features like Justice League and Wonder Woman 1984. The nearly three-hour running time not only makes The Batman may be the longest running Batman movie ever made, but Reeves' version of the screen legend is rain-soaked, leather-clad and totally unlike any superhero movie before it.
If critical reception is anything to go by, this approach has proven to be the film's credit; In our own review, we said that The Batman achieves "a unique blend of dark detective, horror, and psychological suspense," though its offbeat aesthetic is far from a guarantee. win for Warner Bros. Studios. (despite the defying success of 2019's Joker Similarity).
In fact, The Batman often feels more like a Hitchcock horror film than a crowd-pleasing comic book adventure — a deliberate choice, director Reeves told TechRadar, and evident in the film's extensive marketing material. film before its release, which makes its box office credentials. all the more surprising.
So could The Batman finally be the DC movie that ushers in a new era for the DCEU?
The (true) dawn of justice?
It certainly looks like that. Reeves' crime saga is, at the very least, guaranteed to launch a new Batman franchise; Although the end of the film does not necessarily hint at the events of future installments directed by Pattinson, the director himself had already expressed his interest in filming a sequel. new movie before The Batman marks its impressive box office debut.
Speaking to reporters at The Batman premiere in Los Angeles (via the Bat_Source Twitter fan account), Reeves admitted that he and the Warner Bros. studio "started talking about another [Batman] movie."
So Matt is already planning the sequel to #TheBatman pic.twitter.com/22pkbxh89pFebruary 23, 2022
But we do know that other projects set in Reeves' Batman universe are also in development. Colin Farrell has confirmed that he will return in a serialized Penguin spinoff on HBO Max, while another Gotham-based series (from Giri/Haji creator Joe Barton) is also headed to streaming from Warner.
It's still unclear how The Batman will play out in broader DCEU projects - we know the movie doesn't exist in the same timeline as the ones featuring the Justice League heroes, though we've seen Marvel pull off some twists. behind the franchise (a trend that will continue with Doctor Strange 2).
With former Batman star Michael Keaton confirmed in the next Flash movie, it's not impossible to imagine Robert Pattinson and company. could cross over into the DC Universes one way or another (but don't expect R-Batz to take on Joaquin Phoenix's Joker anytime soon).
Also, after the surprising success of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad and its sister show, Peacemaker, the next few years mark a perfect time for DC to score some critical victories to reclaim their Marvel comics crown (a battle that will likely be fought in the future). HBO Max and Disney Plus as in theaters).