Robert Pattinson's The Batman Official Runtime, Theme Music Revealed
'The Batman' is nearly three hours long...
Start planning your loo breaks when The Batman opens in cinemas on March 3: It’s going to be a looong movie.
Variety reported that the upcoming DC movie, starring Robert Pattinson in the title role, clocks in at a butt-numbing, patience-testing two hours and 47 minutes. And that’s nothing the end credits. It’ll probably be longer if includes a post- (or mid-) end credits stinger, which is unlikely since that’s more a Marvel practice than DC’s. Then again, the awful Joss Whedon version of Justice League, Shazam! and Aquaman did have them.
The movie, directed by Matt Reeves (War of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield), is now the longest in the franchise; Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, released in 2012, is the previous title holder at 164 minutes while the 1966 Adam West-led Batman: The Movie is the shortest at 105 minutes. But it’s no match against 2021’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League (242 minutes) and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame (181 minutes).
The Batman centres on the Bruce Wayne (Pattinson) and his early crime-fighting days as The Caped Crusader which sees him crossing paths with the puzzle-obsessed serial killer the Riddler (Paul Dano) and mob boss Oswald Cobblepot aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell). The movie also stars Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as police chief James Gordon, and Andy Serkis as Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth.
Elsewhere, HBO Max is expanding The Batman universe with two spin-off shows — one is a prequel series told from the perspective of the Gotham City police department during the first year of Batman’s vigilante career; the other, a Penguin-centric series set after the events of The Batman. Wright and Farrell are reprising their roles in the shows, respectively.
Shortly after the official runtime was revealed, The Batman dropped its theme by composer Michael Giacchino on YouTube. Have a listen here and decide if you prefer this or the earlier themes by Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer.