WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar has confirmed that The Batman will be keeping to a 45-day exclusive theatrical window, meaning the film will hit HBO Max in mid-April.
Appearing on the Recode Media podcast, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar addressed the plans for Warner Bros. films going into 2022. Throughout 2021 the studio has used a day-and-date model that had films releasing in theaters as well as HBO Max on the same day. That plan comes to end on Dec. 31.
“Think about when movies would show up on HBO, which is eight to nine months after theatrical premiere. The Batman is going to show up on day 46 on HBO Max,” Kilar said. “That is a huge change from where things were in 2018, 2017, 2016.” He went on to add, “I feel really, really good knowing that The Batman, and Black Adam, and The Flash, and Elvis, and a whole host of other movies, are literally going to be showing up on day 46 on HBO Max in a variety of territories all over the world. That is a very, very big change that I don’t think people appreciate, and I feel really good about it.”
Kilar will be stepping down from his position as WarnerMedia should the proposed WarnerDiscovery merger move ahead in 2022. The deal has been approved by the European Union, but is still awaiting a final report in the United States.
Joining Robert Pattinson in The Batman will be Paul Dano (The Riddler), Zoe Kravitz (Catwoman), Colin Farrell (The Penguin), John Turturro (Carmine Falcone), Jeffrey Wright (James Gordon), Andy Serkis (Alfred Pennyworth), and more. Matt Reeves serves as both writer and director.
The Batman is scheduled to hit theaters on March 4, 2022.