After confirming there’s no R-rated Reeves Cut of The Batman, director Matt Reeves reveals studio Warner Bros. had one request: keep Batman PG-13. Officially rated PG-13 for “strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material,” The Batman puts the Dark Knight detective (Robert Pattinson) on the trail of sadistic serial killer The Riddler (Paul Dano). Described by Warners as an “edgy, action-packed thriller,” Reeves says in a new interview he wanted The Batman to “push the boundaries of what you could do in a PG-13 movie.”
Speaking to Collider, Reeves said Warner Bros. was “incredibly supportive” and “loved, from the inception,” the pitch about a rebooted Batverse with a younger caped crusader.
“Once I wanted to put it into this world and that I wanted to do a detective story noir and that whole thing, they were very responsive. They were very excited about that,” Reeves said. “I said from the beginning, to do a standalone Batman film, you really have to [do something different]. There’s a long line of great movies. And so, the idea that you can come and just do another Batman movie online, it has to be a great Batman film. You have to set out to do something that feels distinctive and different and definitive.”
He continued, “They embraced it the whole time. There was never a moment where they said to me, ‘Are you sure? Let’s not.’ They really leaned into everything, and I’ve had the support to do exact … I mean, I have to say, this movie is exactly the movie I wanted it to be, and they have supported me all the way through it.”
Though Warners permitted R-rated Batman spinoff Joker and DCEU entries Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, as well as R-rated director’s cuts of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman and Justice League, the studio wanted a more audience-friendly — and box office-friendly — rating for its first standalone The Batman movie free since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.
“One thing they did do, which was my intention from the beginning, was they said, ‘Look, it’s important to us that the movie be PG-13. We want to make sure that we can get this … It’s a Batman movie, and we’re investing so much in it,'” Reeves said. “And I was like, ‘Well, in the [Planet of the] Apes movies, I tried to sort of find that balance as well.’ They were meant to be sort of … They were obviously spectacle and grand entertainment, but there was a level of intensity.”
With The Batman 2022, Reeves added, “I felt like in that same way, I knew that we could push the boundaries of what you could do in a PG-13 movie and still deliver everything I wanted to do.”
Starring Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as GCPD’s James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as mayoral candidate Bella Reál, Andy Serkis as Alfred, and Colin Farrell as Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot, The Batman opens exclusively in theaters on March 4.
ComicBook CRAM Presents: The Batman
Batman is certainly no stranger to the world of movies, with cinematic sagas surrounding the character popping up across the past half-century. This month, a new chapter of the Dark Knight’s onscreen tenure will be unleashed with The Batman, the long-awaited and highly-anticipated movie relaunch of the character’s mythos. Existing in its own corner of the DC multiverse, The Batman follows its titular character during his second year of fighting crime as he pursues the Riddler, a serial killer who targets elite Gotham City citizens. He uncovers corruption that connects to his own family during the investigation, and is forced to make new allies to catch the Riddler and bring the corrupt to justice.
From the jump, there’s been a lot that has made DC fans excited for The Batman, from Matt Reeves directing and co-writing the project to an all-star cast that includes Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Wright, and John Turturro. Beyond that, there’s also the question of how the film recons with Batman’s decades and decades of mythos — and our ComicBook CRAM is here to help break it all down. In the days leading up to The Batman, our experts will look at the Caped Crusader’s history both on the screen and on the page, and the various supporting characters and elements (even the soundtracks) that have helped bring that to life.
Stay tuned to ComicBook.com all week as we gear up for the release of Batman’s latest cinematic venture, and read on to see all of our amazing coverage of The Batman!
Everything Coming to Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max & Other Major Streaming Services in February 2022
February is just around the corner! In addition to the arrival of Valentine’s Day, February is also another month set to be filled with new movies and TV on all of your favorite streaming services. Sites like Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video all have new titles set to debut on their respective lineups throughout the month of February. With originals from every service and a horde of additional library titles, there is no shortage of exciting streaming opportunities next month.
Hulu is coming out of the gate strong in February with the debut of its newest original series, Pam & Tommy, on February 2nd. Netflix is debuting new shows all through the month of February, including Vikings: Valhalla, Inventing Anna, and The Cuphead Show. Amazon Prime’s new take on Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, Reacher, premieres on February 4th. Popular titles with new seasons arriving next month include Space Force, Sweet Magnolias, Raising Dion, and Raised by Wolves.
If you have been waiting to catch some of the most talked-about movies from 2021 until they arrive on a streaming service, February should be an exciting month for you. Free Guy, The King’s Man, The French Dispatch, Nightmare Alley, The Many Saints of Newark, and quite a few others are all heading to streaming services over the next few weeks.