A talented fan creates stunning artwork for The Batman and it may be the most incredible poster the Warner Bros. film has received yet.
Warner Bros.’ The Batman has captured fans around the world, including China, where it was only recently hit theaters.
In anticipation of the film, one talented fan worked up a poster depicting the titular Dark Knight atop the Bat-signal, along with the Penguin, Catwoman, the Riddler and the bats that glide over Gotham City. The poster was first shared on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, before being brought to Twitter.
The Batman was released in China on March 17– the first superhero film to be allowed into cinemas in the Middle Kingdom since 2020. Unfortunately for the Warner Bros. film, on top of entering the territory in the midst of a major cultural shift, it was also released at a time when spikes in COVID-19 cases have forced certain cities across China to shut down. Estimates place The Batman’s opening in China to earn less than $15.7 million, a major decrease from original estimates, which placed opening weekend takes at $25-30 million.
For those who do get to see the film on the big screen in China, major changes should be expected. Posters for The Batman around China display significant changes from those released elsewhere, suggesting major changes to the film itself. This should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with Chinese cinema, as the state heavily censors excessive violence and explorations of crime and anarchy. It is currently uncertain how extensively the film has been edited for Chinese moviegoers, if at all.
Across the globe, The Batman has performed exceptionally well, earning a worldwide box office total of $505.8 million so far, as of March 16. Warner Bros. Pictures Chairman Toby Emmerich spoke on the film’s success, stating, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to see people all over the world enjoying The Batman in theaters… Matt Reeves has delivered an extraordinary film that manages to honor the legacy of this global cultural hero while taking moviegoers into an experience that feels fresh and original.”
Even before The Batman proved itself in theaters, several spinoff projects began development, including a series centered on Colin Farrell’s Penguin. HBO Max recently announced the show is getting a straight-to-series order as a limited series. The Batman director Matt Reeves is attached to produce alongside Dylan Clark. Lauren LeFranc, who previously served as a writer and producer on Agents of SHIELDis attached as showrunner and writer.
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