The final cut will have been landed for The Batman by now, with the release a little over a month away. Matt Reeves’ relaunch of the character has a reported runtime of 175 minutes. That’s 2 hours and 55 minutes in old money.

For comparison, No Time To Die was 2 hours 43 minutes. The Dark Knight Rises was 2 hours 45 minutes. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At Worlds End was 2 hours 49 minutes and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King was 2 hours 58 minutes.

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So it is the longest Batman movie to date, and is close to Return Of The King runtime. Plenty of opportunity for epicness… as long as it’s good! This runtime will include 8 minutes of credits.

The cast and crew have continued to appear in every possible outlet in the run-up to the release. Reeves recently gave an interview with MovieMaker Magazine recently where he once again played p the direction he is taking things in:

“This idea of a place that is corrupt, and you try to swim against the tide in order to fight against it and make a difference, is quintessential Batman. And at the center of those noir stories is almost always the detective, right?

And that’s why he is the world’s greatest detective. And so this story is, in addition to being almost a horror movie, and a thriller, and an action movie, at its core, it’s also very much a detective story.”

Reeves went on to expand upon this and gave more information than we have heard to date around the overall plot of the movie:

“The premise of the movie is that the Riddler is kind of molded in an almost Zodiac Killer sort of mode, and is killing very prominent figures in Gotham, and they are the pillars of society. These are supposedly legitimate figures. It begins with the mayor, and then it escalates from there.

And in the wake of the murders, he reveals the ways in which these people were not everything they said they were, and you start to realize there’s some kind of association. And so just like Woodward and Bernstein, you’ve got Gordon and Batman trying to follow the clues to try and make sense of this thing in a classic kind-of-detective story way.”

Meanwhile, elements of Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack for The Batman have started to leak online. Full of mood and foreboding, but with elements that soar. Here is a track entitled Water Tower which the composer apparently wrote before the main lead was cast, and he used it as a mood piece to help Reeves during Robert Pattinson’s screen test.

We will find out all about the new Caped Crusader on March 4th. You know you will be there watching it. So will we.

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