Just under three months ago, director Matt Reeves delivered the defining on-screen iteration of one of the world’s most iconic characters. “The Batman” brought to life a fully-realized, comic book-accurate representation of the Caped Crusader in the midst of a thrilling murder mystery that transcended the superhero genre.
Now, Reeves is pulling back the curtain and inviting fans to join him in the Batcave as “The Batman” releases on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, bringing with it a host of detailed bonus features.
Anyone who witnessed “The Batman” in theaters was treated to the best version of the film – big screen, big sound and big fun – but the home release still manages to do Reeves’ masterpiece justice. Greg Fraiser’s stunning cinematography translates brilliantly on the 4K Ultra HD disc, as the rich darkness of Gotham City shines with detail and depth. Every single detail is evident, from the stitching of Batman’s cowl to the stubble on Robert Pattinson’s jaw beneath it. Michael Giacchino’s instantly-iconic score and the epic sound effects are equally impressive on the Dolby Atmos audio mix, creating a truly immersive viewing experience.
Those who have already seen the film are also well aware of the immense detail and craft that went into creating “The Batman.” For viewers familiar with Reeves’ filmography, that commitment should come as no surprise. Amongst the many smaller featurettes and extras included in the home release lies an in-depth, full-length “Making of” documentary that maps out the entire filmmaking process.
Let’s take a look at everything it has to offer.
Special Features on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital
- Vengeance In The Making – An hour-long documentary providing an all-encompassing big picture overview of the film’s creation.
- Vengeance Meets Justice – Riddler actor Paul Dano joins Reeves and Pattinson to analyze the film’s hero and villain.
- The Batman: Genesis – Go back to the beginning with Reeves and Pattinson as they break down their approach to such an iconic character.
- Becoming Catwoman – Zoë Kravitz breaks down her take on Selina Kyle’s alter ego.
- Looking for Vengeance – This five-minute featurette dives into the film’s combat, and how it differs from more traditional Batman-style fighting.
- Anatomy of The Car Chase – Break down the epic car chase between Batman and Penguin.
- Anatomy of The Wingsuit – Another scene break down diving into Batman’s flight from the top of the police station and how it was filmed.
- A Transformation: The Penguin – No better word could describe Reeves’ iteration of Penguin than transformation – from Colin Farrell’s unrecognizable makeup to the character’s complete 180 from “Batman Forever.”
- The Batmobile – Every new Batman means there’s a new Batmobile. Discover how the crew settled on the look and feel of Pattinson’s badass ride.
- Unpacking The Icons – Updating classic characters to fit a modern film is no easy task. Take a look at how Reeves and Co. made it work.
- Deleted Scenes with Director’s Commentary – The already released interrogation scene featuring Barry Keoghan’s Joker, as well as a scene between Selina Kyle and Penguin.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.