Get ready for a long one, DC fans. As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, The Batman is going to be just shy of three hours long. Reports had surfaced in recent days suggesting that the long-awaited film was indeed going to have such a lengthy runtime. Now, it’s officially official, making it one of the longest superhero movies ever made. Especially in its original release, not counting extended editions and whatnot.
The Batman has an official runtime of 2 hours and 55 minutes. Mind you, that includes a reported eight minutes of credits. But it seems likely that we will get a post-credits scene presumably setting up a sequel. Director Matt Reeves has gone on record saying he had plans for a potential trilogy, which would center on Robert Pattinson’s new version of the DC hero. In any event, that is nearly as long as Avengers: Endgame. The Marvel epic clocked in at 3 hours and 2 minutes.
Here is the synopsis for The Batman.
“The Batman is an edgy, action-packed thriller that depicts Batman in his early years, struggling to balance rage with righteousness as he investigates a disturbing mystery that has terrorized Gotham. Robert Pattinson delivers a raw, intense portrayal of Batman as a disillusioned, desperate vigilante awakened by the realization that the anger consuming him makes him no better than the ruthless serial killer he’s hunting.”
The previous record in the Batman franchise belongs to 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Christopher Nolan’s finale to his trilogy clocked in at 2 hours and 44 minutes. For what it’s worth, the movie was hugely successful, taking in more than $1 billion at the box office. It was also the last time we saw a solo Batman film. Ben Affleck took over in 2016 in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, Batfleck never got a solo movie. Though The Batman did start out as a project for Affleck to direct and star in before he left the role behind.
The cast also includes Zoë Kravitz (Big Little Lies) as Selina Kyle/Catwoman; Paul Dano (12 Years a Slave) as Edward Nashton/Riddler; Jeffrey Wright (No Time to Die) as James Gordon; John Turturro (Transformers) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (Interrogation) as Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (Farewell Amor) as Bella Reál; Andy Serkis (Black Panther) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (The Gentlemen) as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin.
The Batman is set to hit theaters on March 4.