In a world where we are used to budgetary excess on a galactic scale, and the cost of movies has marched ever higher, it stands out as something of an oddity when a movie lines up to deliver spectacle on a smaller budget. Staggeringly, that movie may be The Batman.

Rumor has it that the production budget for The Batman is low, a lot lower than you would ever dare to dream. The movie was originally set for release in June 2021 but due to production delays from COVID-19 it will now get a March 4, 2022 release.

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The latest trailer for the movie was shown at DC Fandome and didn’t appear to be missing size and spectacle. So it is surprising to learn that the budget may be a comparatively minuscule $100 million. This is according to Deadline.

It is unclear if the $100 million was the film’s original budget, and if that has risen due to COVID challenges. A lot was filmed on location in the UK in existing locations such as Glasgow and Liverpool rather than on specially-built sets. The nightclub scene, for instance, was filmed at the famous Printworks in Surrey Quays, London.

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Robert Pattinson received $3 million, far lower than the previous incumbent Ben Affleck would have received.

A $100 million budget would make The Batman the lowest cost Batman movie since Batman Forever cost $100 million in 1995 dollars.

Christoper Nolan’s Batman budget went up with each film until The Dark Knight Rises cost $250 million budget.

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Man of SteelWonder Woman 1984AquamanBatman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League all had $200 million+ budgets. At $100 million The Batman is more in the same ballpark as Shazam! Others noted for context are movies such as Birds of Prey ($80 million) and Joker ($55 million).

This would back up the reports that this edition will be less fantastical and a more cerebral gritty action story with, dare we say it, the world’s greatest detective doing some detectoring.

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