THE BATMAN: 10 Major New Details We Learned From The Film's Set Photos And Videos

It's been a long time since we got to see any photos (or footage) from the set of The Batman, but with all of you hungry for intel on the film, we're exploring what those revealed about the plot and cast!

The Batman has slipped from its 2021 release date into 2022, and while cameras may well still be rolling behind closed doors, it's been a while since we've seen the film's cast out on set shooting the action.

It's pretty obvious that we'll be waiting a while before seeing more from this one, and we know you're all desperate for updates on what Matt Reeves has planned for his take on the Dark Knight. Lucky for you, we've spent a few days combing through the photos and videos (see them all under our tab for "The Batman") to bring you a breakdown of everything they reveal. 

Selina Kyle's relationship with Carmine Falcon, Bruce Wayne's dodgy dealings with the cops, and even hints of a secret villain are among them, and much of this was missed first time around.

Hopefully, we'll have new updates to share soon, but believe us when we say there's plenty here to sink (Catwoman's) claws into...
 

10. Selina Kyle And Carmine Falcone

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Catwoman clearly won't be wearing her classic comic book costume in The Batman (at least not at first), but despite what we saw in the trailer, her funeral attire grabbed everyone's attention and really made her stand out from the crowd. 

In some iterations of Selina Kyle's origin story, she's rumored to be Carmine Falcone's illegitimate daughter. If Matt Reeves is taking cues from Batman: Dark Victory, then we can expect to see that play out in this world too. 

Selina and Falcone left the funeral service we've seen in set photos together, and exploring that relationship might help freshen Catwoman up on screen. Should she eventually turn on him to help Batman - and that's looking likely - then it seems Reeves will explore Selina in greater depth than past films.

Interestingly, there's a hint Falcone has already crossed paths with Catwoman, so perhaps Selina is just playing along?
 

9. The Death of Gotham City's Mayor

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The Batman trailer showed a costumed man most assumed to be The Riddler murdering someone by covering their face in masking tape. Thanks to the set photos we've seen, it seems the villain's victim could be Gotham City's mayor. 

Spooks actor Rupert Penry-Jones is taking on that role, and with plenty of criminals in attendance for the funeral (like Oswald Cobblepot and Carmine Falcone), that doesn't exactly point to him being an honest man. 

Bruce being there is likely because he wants to keep an eye on them, something that becomes evident from other shots which we'll get to in the next few slides.

Perhaps Riddler believes he's fighting back against the corruption which is taking over his home, making him a twisted version of Batman with his own "code."
 

8. Where Did You Get Those Scars?

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John Turturro will play Carmine Falcone in The Batman, and given comments from Matt Reeves at DC FanDome last summer, chances are much of the Dark Knight's mission will revolve around trying to take the criminal down. 

Set photos have also revealed some familiar scars on the criminal's face. 

In Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli's Batman: Year One, Catwoman attacked Falcone in an attempt to build her reputation after her robberies were mistakenly credited to Batman. That left him with three hard-to-miss scratches on his face, and though his comic book counterpart set out on a mission of revenge, perhaps this one will take Selina under his wing? 

It would simplify her origin story, and might justify Catwoman's eventual decision to team with Batman.
 

7. Wait, THAT'S The Penguin?!

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When the news broke that Colin Farrell would play Penguin, most of us guessed he might be a mix of Oswald Cobbepot and Emperor Penguin. Early set photos even teased that might be the case.

Instead, he's totally unrecognizable, and covered in prosthetics which are said to have fooled even his castmates. 

In set photos taken in Liverpool, England, Farrell was spotted wielding an umbrella, a possible nod to his comic book counterpart. However, it was raining, and that might be a little too obvious. 

Either way, Matt Reeves has strongly hinted that this is every bit the origin story for Oswald too, and the images we've seen show Farrell really committing to playing this shady crook.
 

6. The Riddler's Goons

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The Riddler is thought to be this film's "big bad," but if that was him in the trailers, we know he won't be walking around Gotham City in bright green with a cane (and a costume covered in question marks). 

He will, however, have some loyal followers as goons who clearly report to The Riddler have been spotted on set. 

Wearing balaclavas and jackets with question mark logos spray-painted on them, it appears they're involved in the attack on the mayor's funeral, and it's looking a lot like there are people in Gotham City who agree with Edward Nash's way of doing things. This feels a lot like the "Zero Year" story from the comics. 

As for the logo we've seen, it makes us think of the Zodiac killer, a hint perhaps at how Matt Reeves plans to portray this baddie.
 

5. Bruce Wayne Confronts Oswald Cobblepot

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Among the most intriguing photos taken in Liverpool were ones showing Bruce Wayne conversing with Oswald Cobblepot in what looks like a very tense moment.

A set video would follow, and it didn't look like Bruce had any time for him.

If Oswald is viewed as a respectable businessman by the public (or there's not enough proof to confirm he's crooked), perhaps the future Penguin feels he deserves to rub shoulders with Gotham City's resident billionaire playboy. These scenes also indicated that there could be a shared history between them. 

Given his age, don't be too shocked if Oswald knew Thomas and Martha Wayne prior to their murder.
 

4. Meet Stanley Merkel

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Eternals star Barry Keoghan has also been spotted on set, confirming rumors that he's part of The Batman's already impressive cast. 

We've since learned that he's playing Officer Stanley Merkel, a character who, in the comics, was James Gordon's partner when he first arrived in Gotham City. A rare honest cop, he found himself caught in the crossfire of the gang war that played out between Carmine Falcone and The Penguin, and we're betting that happens here too.

Merkel was actually one of the Hang Man's victims, but The Riddler can easily fill that spot. 

This is another nod to Batman: Dark Victory it seems, but what grabbed our notice on set was Bruce Wayne handing Merkel some cash. What's that about? 
 

3. Another Villain?

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We've seen most of Batman's greatest foes on screen by now, with Scarecrow a baddie who made his silver screen debut in Batman Begins. Now, there are plans for him in Titans on HBO Max.

However, a sign has been spotted on the set of this film showing someone who looks an awful lot like the Scarecrow with the words "Fear City" written around it. Should that be taken as a, well, sign (no pun intended) that the Caped Crusader has already crossed paths with Scarecrow?

This might serve as an effective way to give Batman some history in his home, and may well factor into the planned TV series which will be set during his first year on the job. 

Fingers crossed for a visit to Arkham Asylum, eh? 
 

2. Batman/Catwoman Team-Up

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Shooting was halted in Edinburgh, Scotland thanks to COVID, but before that happened, we got to see Batman racing into action on his motorbike with a woman clad in black leather - obviously Selina Kyle - not too far behind. 

Both vehicles have since popped back up, and look likely to be this pairing's primary mode of transport. 

Batman Returns and The Dark Knight Rises both delved into Bruce Wayne/Batman's budding romance with Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and it looks like Matt Reeves plans to explore that in depth.

The costume she wears in the trailer looks homemade, so if Selina does align herself with the Caped Crusader, perhaps he makes her a superhero costume of her own? 
 

1. The Batmobile

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Matt Reeves revealed the Batmobile what feels like a lifetime ago, but we've also seen it in action. 

On closer inspection, the vehicle seems to be a 1963 Corvette Stingray. Likely Matt Reeves' way of paying homage to the classic Batman TV series starring Adam West (which has even seemingly influenced the cowl Robert Pattinson dons), it's a cool idea, and one that looks undeniably badass in action.

We don't know what weaponry - if any - it contains, but this is another indication of a grounded story. 

Oh, and we can confirm it sounds like a f***ing beast tearing through the "Gotham City" streets! 
 

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