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How to Watch ‘The Batman’: Is the Robert Pattinson Reboot Streaming?

A new Caped Crusader has arrived

A new “Batman” movie is upon us, this time with Robert Pattinson filling the lead role.

The Batman” offers a new take on the Caped Crusader a decade after Christopher Nolan wrapped up his Dark Knight Trilogy and a few years after Ben Affleck’s take on the character somewhat petered out. This new film comes from “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Let Me In” filmmaker Matt Reeves, who draws from gritty crime procedurals like “Seven” and “Zodiac” to craft a nearly three-hour detective story with a man dressed as a bat following clues left behind by a serial killer calling himself The Riddler. It’s a dark, moody and wildly compelling twist on the Batman character that somehow manages to feel fresh. And it’s poised to be one of the biggest films of the year.

But in these new entertainment consumption times, how do you watch “The Batman?” Will it be streaming? All your burning questions are answered below.

When Does “The Batman” Come Out?

“The Batman” was released worldwide on March 4, although Warner Bros. is pausing the film’s release in Russia due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Is “The Batman” Streaming and in Theaters?

“The Batman” is not streaming yet, but it will be soon.

While in 2021, Warner Bros. released all of its new films on HBO Max the same day they hit theaters – like “Dune” and “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “Mortal Kombat” – the studio has left that model of release behind for 2022.

Instead, “The Batman” was released exclusively in theaters on March 4. So the only way to see the film right now is in a physical theater.

When Will “The Batman” Be Streaming on HBO Max?

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“The Batman” will be streaming on HBO Max beginning Monday, April 18. The streaming release will be followed by a linear debut on HBO on Saturday, April 23 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

Warner Bros. announced “The Batman” streaming release date on April 11, sticking to their previously announced plans to give theatrical releases a 45-day exclusively in theaters window — in fact, April 18 is Day 45 since the film first hit theaters, which means “The Batman” is arriving on HBO Max the soonest it could be.

Is “The Batman” on Blu-ray and DVD?

“The Batman” will arrive on Digital April 18, the same day it begins streaming on HBO Max.

The 4K, Blu-ray and DVD release will follow on May 24. Here are the special features you can expect to find on the various home video releases.

“The Batman” Premium Digital Ownership contains the following special features:  

  • Vengeance In The Making
  • Vengeance Meets Justice
  • The Batman: Genesis
  • Becoming Catwoman
  • Looking for Vengeance
  • Anatomy of The Car Chase
  • Anatomy of The Wingsuit
  • A Transformation: The Penguin
  • The Batmobile
  • Deleted Scenes with Director’s Commentary

“The Batman” 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features: 

  • Vengeance In The Making
  • Vengeance Meets Justice
  • The Batman: Genesis
  • Becoming Catwoman
  • Looking for Vengeance
  • Anatomy of The Car Chase
  • Anatomy of The Wingsuit
  • A Transformation: The Penguin
  • The Batmobile
  • Unpacking The Icons
  • Deleted Scenes with Director’s Commentary

“The Batman” DVD contains the following special feature: 

  • Unpacking The Icons

What Is “The Batman” About?

The reboot picks up in Bruce Wayne’s second year of being the vigilante Batman, still traumatized by the death of his parents. When a mysterious killer known as The Riddler murders Gotham City’s mayor and leaves behind a note addressed to The Batman, Wayne is brought into the investigation and begins trying to decipher The Riddler’s clues. Along the way, he crosses paths with crime boss Carmine Falcone, Falcone’s right-hand man Penguin and a young woman with schemes of her own known as Catwoman.

Who Is in “The Batman” Cast?

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The cast of “The Batman” is as follows:

  • Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman
  • Paul Dano as The Riddler
  • Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon
  • John Turturro as Carmine Falcone
  • Colin Farrell as Penguin
  • Andy Serkis as Alfred
  • Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson

Is “The Batman” in the DCEU?

The short answer is no, “The Batman” does not take place in the DCEU. The DC Extended Universe is an interconnected series of standalone films in which characters exist in the same universe. So Jason Momoa’s Aquaman exists in his own movie “Aquaman” but also “Justice League” and the HBO Max series “Peacemaker.”

But “The Batman” takes place in its own universe, so characters like Aquaman and Wonder Woman and The Flash do not exist there – or at the very least if they do exist, they’re not played by Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot and Ezra Miller.

Instead, “The Batman” takes place in a different universe, with this year’s “The Flash” movie set to open up the idea of a multiverse for the DCEU as Ezra Miller crosses paths with two different Batmen from two different universes: Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton.

But for the purposes of “The Batman,” this film is very much its own thing much like Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.

Where Are Other Batman Movies Streaming?

You can stream “Batman,” “Batman Returns,” “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin” on Hulu.

You can stream “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” on Netflix

And on HBO Max you can stream “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm,” “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Justice League,” “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” and “The LEGO Batman Movie,”, as well as a bevy of animated Batman movies.

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