The Batman: Test screening says film is “scary, horror”

The Batman
(Is The Batman a horror film?)

It’s been a minute since we have talked about Matt Reeves’ upcoming take on the caped crusader with Robert Pattinson, The Batman. The film has been shrouded in secrecy so it has been hard to get any kind of real news.

Now, there is word that Warner Bros. held a test screening for The Batman and there are several details, no real spoilers to go on. Most reactions are vague, but have been shared online. GOAT Movie Pod’s BluRayAngel has spilled the tea on a few intriguing deets.

The biggest takeaway here is probably confirmation that Reeves has opted for an extremely dark tone verging on the horror genre. The film could be rated R (is this the new DC?) as it is described as, “Very graphic, very dark, very scary.”

Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman and Paul Dano’s Riddler also garner a lot of praise as does the Batmobile. Take a look below if you dare:

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What piqued the Reel 360 team’s interest is a tweet that said, “there’s a scene at the end that literally had everyone SCREAMING, everyone gasped.. like it was a big NO WAY for everyone.” He doesn’t elaborate, but it sounds like whatever this scene entails sets-up a sequel.

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Stay tuned to the same Bat news until The Batman open March 4, 2022.

Starring alongside Pattinson as Gotham’s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (the “Hunger Games” films) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Black Mass”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Dumbo”) as Oswald Cobblepot.

Reeves and Dylan Clark (the “Planet of the Apes” films) are producing the film, with Simon Emanuel, Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada and Chantal Nong Vo serving as executive producers.  Reeves’ behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (“Lion,” upcoming “Dune”); his “Planet of the Apes” production designer, James Chinlund; editors William Hoy (the “Planet of the Apes” films) and Tyler Nelson (“Rememory”); Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Dan Lemmon (“The Jungle Book”); Oscar-nominated SFX supervisor Dominic Tuohy (“1917,” “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker”); Oscar-nominated sound mixer Stuart Wilson (“1917,” the “Star Wars” franchise); Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (“1917,” “Little Women,” “Anna Karenina”) and costume designers Glyn Dillon (the “Star Wars” franchise) and David Crossman (“1917,” the “Star Wars” franchise); hair designer Zoe Tahir (upcoming “No Time to Die,” “Spectre”); and Oscar-nominated makeup designer Naomi Donne (“1917”).

The Geek is a working screenwriter, director and screenwriting instructor.