The Batman is a 2017 superhero film featuring the DC Comics Character, Batman. The film is produced by Legendary Entertainment, DC Entertainment, Bad Robot Productions, and Ritchie/Wigram Productions. It is the first installment of the DC Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie, and written by Geoff Johns, J.J. Abrams, and Ritchie.

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In 2012, after Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy concluded, Warner Bros. sought out a new way to address the DC Comics properties. After a Superman project by Watchmen director Zack Snyder was scrapped, as well as several other potential projects, DC Comics Creative Director Geoff Johns developed an idea to create one whole universe of films that the studio could produce several different films in, much like Marvel had reportedly intended to do with 2008's Iron Man before it flopped.

In 2014, Johns began developing a screenplay, along with J.J. Abrams, for a new Batman film with a tentative release date for summer 2017, with Johns and Abrams both on board as producers as well. English filmmaker Guy Ritchie was hired to direct the film, and also helped Johns and Abrams with the final draft of the script, which Warner Bros. went forward with development for.

In October 2014, it was announced that Jake Gyllenhaal had been cast as Batman, reportedly beating out actors such as Luke Evans, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Bradley Cooper, and Armie Hammer. In November of that same year, it was announced that Stanley Tucci and Hugh Laurie had been cast has James Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth, respectively. Actress Felicity Jones was later cast in an unspecified role.

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