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Here's How Much It Cost To Make The Batman

Director Matt Reeves's long-awaited take on the storied Batman mythos is finally here for fans to see in the form of "The Batman." The new comic book film, starring Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight himself, sees the hero in his early years, battling against a sadistic serial killer version of the villainous Riddler (Paul Dano), and getting romantically entangled with the mysterious Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz). Critics are already clamoring over this fresh, gritty, and psychologically thrilling take on the superhero, lauding its tightly woven narrative and the stunning performances contributed by the all-star cast.

Of course, while the final product fans get to see is nothing short of a superhero masterpiece, it's no secret that movies like "The Batman" are extremely massive and challenging productions with quite a few moving parts. One need only look at the fact that this particular solo Batman movie had its first script developed all the way back in 2016 (though just about everything from that iteration changed before reaching our screens). Not only do films such as this one have lengthy production cycles, but the budgets have also ballooned in recent years. "The Batman" is a much more grounded film than many of its contemporaries thanks to its focus on a hero without any flashy superpowers, but the film was still a pretty major production, so it begs the question: Just how much money did it cost to see Reeves's vision for the character through?

The Batman cost $200 million to make

It should come as no surprise to superhero movie fans that "The Batman" had a big budget. According to Variety, the budget "The Batman" needed to make it to the finish line was roughly $200 million dollars, a pretty penny even by tentpole standards. That number may immediately seem eye-watering to some, especially when considering that many other recent high-profile features like Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" had budgets that clock in at only about half of that amount. Indeed, the budget of "The Batman" places it around the third spot for the most expensive Bat-focused theatrical film of all-time behind "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "The Dark Knight Rises." It's important to note that those two spendy films were later entries in proven franchises, while "The Batman" is a true reboot. It was therefore a much bigger gamble than either sequel.

For more points of comparison, Deadline reported that the budget for the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe 2019 crossover film "Avengers: Endgame" was roughly in the $350 million to $400 million range, twice as much as what went toward making "The Batman" a reality. That said, the MCU is basically the definition of a proven franchise, and the Infinity Saga-ending "Endgame" required the participation of literally dozens of A-list stars. When it comes to other recent superhero movies, such as 2021's "Spider-Man: No Way Home" and "The Suicide Squad," "The Batman" is actually right on the level in terms of budget.

So, was "The Batman" an expensive production? It absolutely was, but it still wasn't anything too surprising by modern superhero standards. What may indeed prove to be surprising for many is just how successful the movie will likely be even in light of its considerable outlay.

The Batman will make back its budget and more

Based on early returns, the movie is going to be extremely profitable for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment. Consider both "The Batman" and 2021's "The Eternals," for instance. These movies both clocked in around the $200 million mark in terms of budget, so it's a good comparison. The big difference is that giving The Eternals, a superhero group that wasn't a household name prior to their introduction to the MCU, their own movie was something of a risky endeavor for Marvel Studios. Even then, it still paid off in a sizable way despite the middling reviews. Meanwhile, Batman is one of the most popular characters in comic book and film history. It doesn't get much more bankable than Bruce Wayne. If "The Eternals" was still able to gross over twice its budget and reach the $400 million mark at the box office, then "The Batman" is almost guaranteed to cross that landmark and then some.

Early reports seem to indicate that a massive return for "The Batman" is absolutely in the cards. Variety reported that the movie is projected to gross over half of its budget during its opening weekend alone. It's pretty clear that this latest solo film for the Caped Crusader is going to be a massive success, especially when considering that it had the same budget as other, riskier properties in recent years. Only time will tell whether it becomes the most successful Batman film to date.