The Batman: WB Stuck Between Two Alternate Cuts (Explained)

With only a few months away from DC’s most anticipated film The Batman, WB is stuck between two different cuts, and which one will the studio choose?

Matt Reeves’ The Batman is now in its final stage of production and WB has yet to take a crucial decision.

Though Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight was skeptical, The Batman trailer has gained much applause from fans all over the globe.

Here we dive deep into all the possibilities on why WB has to make the right call which in turn could shape up the future of the DCEU.

Why WB Is Not Happy With The Batman

Why WB Is Not Happy With The Batman
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In late June, The internet has been bombarded with negativity for The Batman.

Firstly, Its the actor Robert Pattinson not cooperating with the training regime, and then there were multiple rumors of disputes between the captain of the ship, Matt Reeves and Pattinson.

This news was settled over time but it seems that WB is still left with two different cuts for the film.

A new report from The Hollywood Reporter claims that Warner Bros. has screened two alternate cuts of The Batman film to test the audience and the studio finally green lits one.

Having considered WB’s past record with trimming down a film or even reshooting scenes. This could be trouble for DC fans.

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What Are WB’s Two Different Cuts Of The Batman

What Are WBs Two Different Cuts Of The Batman
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Initially, Matt Reeves was given full creative freedom to make a Batman trilogy that people has never seen before.

By the looks of the trailer, The director has done just that but WB wanted more.

It seems like Warner Bros. was looking to add an important character that connects the first film to the trilogy.

If this is true, Rumors of The Eternals star, Barry Keoghan playing a secret role may well be in reach.

Apart from The Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman, WB is looking to add Batman’s nemesis The Joker in the new fixture.

Multiple reports have already speculated that Barry Keoghan will be portraying the Crown Prince of Crime in the upcoming Batman film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, WB’s repeated delay was because of their inability to decide between the inclusion of a new character in The Batman.

The difference between these two cuts was the inclusion and exclusion of the new mysterious character and WB has finally made its call.

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Though there are no exact confirmations on whether Barry Keoghan will be playing the Joker or not. It is safe to assume that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. will be using a wild card here.

If you ask us, Anyone from Batman’s rogue gallery would be fine but the new supervillain should take the stakes higher.

What We Think About The Mysterious Character

What We Think About The Mysterious Character
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Matt Reeves’ The Batman features Stanley Merkel played by Barry Keoghan as a GCPD officer.

The actor was known to star in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Marvel’s Eternals.

First appeared in Batman #405, Merkel is seen fighting alongside Jim Gordon. He was a partner to Gordon in the police department and a dear friend to the commissioner.

Unfortunately, Stanley Merkel was killed by Hangman as he was found by Batman hanging from a tree in front of Harvey Dent’s house.

This could also mean that everyone related to Merkel from the DC comics might appear in The Batman film. Maybe Warner Bros. is planning something good for fans.

Problem With The Batman’s Two Different Cuts

Problem With The Batman's Two Different Cuts
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It isn’t a bad choice to go with two different cuts in the Batman and is definitely not a new thing in the industry.

Many films have done it in the past and will continue to do it in the future. This is because every project continues to evolve as we produce.

There is no such thing as a strict script without any major changes to it but this seems to be trouble for the studio.

With so many star actors on board in The Batman, WB has already spent a fortune on it.

Now with two fully finished cuts in their hands, Warner Bros. definitely has to up their overall budget for the film.

What seems to look like a solo fixture of the Cape Crusader is expected to cost at least 400 million dollars with the alternate cuts and the production.

Though WB can make it all when the film gets released, It depends on the overall run and the decision they made with the final cut.

The Batman Cast

  • Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne
  • Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle
  • Paul Dano as Edward Nashton
  • Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth
  • Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon
  • Peter Sarsgaard as District Attorney Gil Colson
  • Barry Keoghan as Officer Stanley Merkel
  • Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot
  • John Turturro as Carmine Falcone
  • Amber Sienna as Iceberg Lounge Hostess
  • Rupert Penry-Jones as Mayor Don Mitchell Jr
  • Con O’Neill as Chief Mackenzie Bock
  • Alex Ferns as Commissioner Pete Savage
  • Mark Killeen as Vinnie
  • Joseph Balderrama as Lead Detective
  • Iana Saliuk as Hospitality Girl

The Batman Release Date

After several delays Matt Reeves’ The Batman is finally set to premiere on March 4th, 2022.

The movie will be ready to stream on WB’s online platform HBO Max and in theatres.

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Is Robert Pattinson’s The Batman Canon?

After Justice League failed miserably, Warner Bros took on a new direction. Starring Robert Pattinson as Batman, The upcoming film is a canon in the DCEU universe and is expected to have ties with The Flash solo fixture.

Will The Batman Be Connected To Joker?

No, Matt Reeves’ The Batman is not connected to Joker film. Even after the massive success of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, The Clown Prince of Crime will have his own story separated from the main DCEU continuity.

It was reported that the new Batman film will take place on DC’s Earth-2 where The Flash movie and HBO Max’s Gotham City Police Department series reside.

What Is The New Batman Film Based On?

The Batman film will be based on DC comics “The Long Halloween” storyline with a huge touch of Bruce Wayne’s first year of crime-fighting. Apart from that, Matt Reeves stated that his version of Batman will take inspiration from Taxi Driver, China Town, and The French Connection.

Is The Batman A Prequel?

According to Matt Reeves, The Batman film is indeed a prequel set in Year One. The film concentrates on Bruce Wayne’s battle for his soul as Gotham City falls apart.

What Villains Will Be In The New Batman Movie?

Matt Reeves’ The Batman will feature villains like Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman, and Carmine. Apart from the confirmed supervillains, The Batman is also expected to include a mysterious character played by Barry Keoghan.

Who Is The Main Villain Of The Batman 2021?

With so many characters from Batman’s rogue gallery appearing, Paul Dano’s The Riddler will the main antagonist of The Batman film.

What do you think of WB’s two different cuts in The Batman film? Will Warner Bros. finally be able to make the right call?

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter.