The Batman Hits Box Office Milestone Ahead of HBO Max Release

Director Matt Reeves’ The Batman is about to hit streaming soon and it’s leaving theatrical exlusivity with a bang. The Warner Bros. film recently hit a major box office milestone just before becoming available on HBO Max.

According to Deadline, The Batman earned $751.1 million worldwide after Easter Sunday. Broken down, The Batman earned $386.1 million overseas and $365 million domestically, maintaining its position as the highest-grossing film in 2022 so far. This comes just before it is scheduled to hit HBO Max on April 18.

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The Batman was initially reported to be scheduled for April 19, but was recently confirmed to be gearing up for HBO Max a day earlier. WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar previously confirmed The Batman would be have a similar release schedule as Warner Bros.’ other recent releases, which hit streaming 45 days after theatrical release. “Think about when movies would show up on HBO, which is eight to nine months after theatrical premiere,” Kilar said. “The Batman is going to show up on day 46 on HBO Max… That is a huge change from where things were in 2018, 2017, 2016.”

The film has earned praise from both critics and audiences alike. Many praise the strong characters, gritty take on the Batman mythos and the performances of its core cast. However, at least one cast member arguably did not get a chance to showcase their character properly, not until Reeves shared a deleted scene online. The clip featured a confrontation between Robert Pattinson’s Batman and actor Barry Keoghan’s Joker.

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The short scene saw Batman discuss the Riddler case with the Clown Prince of Crime, with the latter teasing the vigilante and comparing the Riddler to the Caped Crusader’s campaign and persona. Unlike the theatrical release, the deleted scene offered audiences a proper look at Keoghan’s appearance as the iconic supervillain.

In addition to Keoghan’s deleted scene, the home media release of The Batman will also feature at least one more deleted scene with Catwoman and the Penguin, played by Zoë Kravitz and Colin Farrell, respectively. According to reports, the scene sees the skilled thief confront the mobster in the 44 Below Club at the Iceberg Lounge, in search of her missing roommate.

The Batman arrives on HBO Max April 18 and on Digital, 4K UHD and DVD May 24.

Source: Deadline

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