Robert Pattinson's The Batman Time Setting: Set Photo May Reveal Year the Film Takes Place

By Tom Drew Updated:
Robert Pattinson as The Batman

The Batman has had a number of various set photos and videos emerging from its production in Liverpool. This has revealed new details and hinted at possible plot threads that could crop up in the film.

Classic Batman iconography will be featured in the film, as indicated by a video of a stunt double for the Caped Crusader atop a tall tower. Multiple villains from the film have also been on set , including Zoe Kravitz' Catwoman, John Turturro's Carmine Falcone, and Colin Farrell's Penguin.

A variety of images provided a look at civilians wearing Halloween costumes, including the prominent inclusion of an extra dressed like Christopher Reeve's Superman. This was not the only costumed DC superhero though, with another civilian outfitted to look like Wonder Woman.

A new set photo has been shared online, although this image hails from a different location to previously posted photos...


As reported on by , a new image of the set of The Batman was obtained by contributor Brandon Davis.

Davis noted that the image in-question was taken off the side of a taxi cab on the film's Chicago set, featuring a Gotham City taxi logo with the year 2019.


The temporal reference of this set dressing likely points to the fact that The Batman will be taking place in 2019, as opposed to its current filming year of 2020 or release year of 2022. Practically, this may have been chosen as a more relatable time period to set the film in. With 2020 being somewhat of an 'irregular' year, to say the least, and the state of 2022 being too far to comprehend, 2019 would be a fitting year that audiences can fully grasp.

This does indicate that this will be a modern iteration of Batman as opposed to setting the film in a past time period. This should allow director Matt Reeves the freedom to mold his own version of the Dark Knight, as opposed to retreading similar ground if he were to do a Batman film set in the 1980s, for example. It will be interesting to see what Batman can bring to the table in his detective work that the GCPD cannot achieve with modern technologies, such as fingerprint identification and constant surveillance.

Although it will presumably be set in 2019, The Batman will be releasing theatrically in 2022.

- About The Author: Tom Drew
Tom Drew is the Executive Editor at The Direct. Tom writes for The Direct's Marvel, Star Wars, and DC branches while specializing in all things movies, from blockbuster to indie darlings.