The Batman is set to be one of the longest comic-book movies of all time.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that DC’s next movie will run for two hours and 55 minutes. That includes eight minutes of credits, perhaps indicating that a post-credits scene or two will be part of the bumper runtime.
A previous leak from IMAX Melbourne (opens in new tab) (H/T ComicBook.com (opens in new tab)) suggested The Batman – which stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader – was set to last for 176 minutes (two hours, 56 minutes).
While that wasn't quite the case, it's still up there with the longest runtime of any comic book movie (bested only by Avengers: Endgame and Zack Snyder’s Justice League), and is the longest standalone Batman movie ever.
Previously, the longest theatrical Batman release was Christopher Nolan’s trilogy-topper, The Dark Knight Rises. The Bane-starring threequel wrapped things up in a hefty 165 minutes.
Reeves, it seems, has a lot to pack in and Warner Bros. has given him the time and space to do it.
Paul Dano is set to play a twisted version of iconic supervillain The Riddler. Colin Farrell has already wowed the internet with his unrecognizable performance as Penguin, while another of Batman’s rogues’ gallery in Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz) is also set to make her presence felt in Gotham. Let’s just hope they’re all here for a good time and a long time.
The Batman is set to hit cinemas on March 4, 2022. To see the rest of DC’s movie lineup, check out our guide to new superhero movies.