The Batman officially arrives on HBO Max on April 18 before airing on traditional HBO on April 23. The release date was previously thought to be a day later on April 19 due to a glitch on the HBO website, as reported by Deadline, but the streaming platform has now confirmed the official release date.
It continues Warner Bros.’ trend of releasing its films on HBO Max exactly 45 days after their theatrical release, where The Batman has currently grossed $359 million domestically and $735 million worldwide.
The opportunity to watch and rewatch the film will likely lead to further speculation on what’s next for Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight. While a sequel isn’t confirmed at the moment, there are two TV shows set in the same universe already on the way: one focused on Colin Farrell’s Penguin, and a Gotham PD series that tells a “haunted house” style story based in Arkham.
The cast and crew have shared what they’d like in a proper film sequel, though. Pattinson himself wants to see a take on the Court of Owls saga while director Matt Reeves hopes to bring Mr. Freeze to his dark and gritty Batman universe.
In our 10/10 review, IGN said: “Matt Reeves’ violent, thrilling, darkly beautiful take on The Batman more than justifies its place in the franchise’s canon.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.