• Jake Wright

5 Comics to Read Before Watching The Batman

The Batman is upon us and it is almost time to witness Robert Pattinson don the cape and cowl to make his debut as the fifth live-action Batman in Matt ReevesThe Batman. Pattinson’s Caped Crusader will be pitted against new iterations of the Riddler (Paul Dano), The Penguin (Colin Farrell) and Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) in a noir-inspired detective thriller. 


You can watch the latest trailer for The Batman here:



With over 80 years of comic book goodness, Reeves and the crew had tons of fantastic content to pull from and mold into their own story for the silver screen so in preparation for The Batman’s release, we have put together a list of five MUST READ comics before the movie releases in theatres worldwide on March 4.





Batman Year One

(via: DC Comics)


Year One is citied as being possibly the most major influence behind most of the recent portrayals of Batman on the big screen and with no surprise. Writer Frank Miller and artist David Mazzuchellis 1987 tale covered the very first year of the Dark Knight’s crusade and showed the inner workings of police corruption, criminal activity and more importantly, both Batman and Jim Gordon’s earliest chronicle within Gotham City.


Though The Batman has been clearly stated that it will take place in the second year of Batman’s career, the impact that this comic has on the movie is clear to see. The elements of GCPD corruption, the early relationship between Batman and Gordon being formed and a younger, less tech-savvy version of Batman are all set to play big parts in the narrative, bringing in the grounded approach that director Matt Reeves has reiterated so many times.


If you’d like to purchase this comic, you can do so by using the links below:

UK – Amazon

US - Amazon



Batman Ego

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Matt Reeves himself as stated this as a major inspiration behind his take on the Caped Crusader and it’s clear to see why. The late great Darwyn Cooke’s first DC Comics tale titled Batman Ego takes readers on a wild journey into the scarred psyche of Batman as he wrestles his inner feelings of rage and guilt that has plagued his life.



The Batman’s trailers make it abundantly clear that Batman will be attempting to contain his pent-up rage whilst hunting down the Riddler. Batman fans can rejoice however, as it is presumed that Pattinson’s Batman will NOT kill and will religiously follow his strict code that is known to many comic book readers. As Cooke wrote in his beloved Batman comic “There is a line we may never cross. No killing. It is the only difference between us and them” and only one March 4 will we see if Reeves has indeed followed suit.


If you’d like to purchase this comic, you can do so by using the links below:

UK – Amazon (Digital)

US - Amazon



Batman Earth One

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Though and elseworlds tale, Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank and Jon Sibal is another rendition of Batman’s earliest year as Gotham’s saviour but with a few key differences. In this version, he is prone to plenty of mistakes and is not the well-capable crime fighter we all know and love yet. The major giveaway for Earth One serving as inspiration is Andy Serkis’ portrayal of the character, Alfred Pennyworth.


Alfred is most famously known for being Bruce Wayne’s butler and father figure, but in Earth One and The Batman, Alfred is displayed as being the Wayne’s bodyguard. Although still the father figure in Bruce’s life, Serkis’ Alfred is stated to have a military and secret service background whilst also being responsible for training Bruce in some aspects of combat ready for his crime fighting career. I for one am extremely excited to see a different and refreshing take on Alfred Pennyworth in live action and believe that Andy Serkis will do a fantastic job.


If you’d like to purchase this comic, you can do so by using the links below:

UK – Amazon (Volume 1)

US - Amazon (Volume 1)



Batman Zero Year

(via: DC Comics)


After DC’s 2011 comics reboot dubbed the New 52, writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo delivered a reimagining of Batman’s earliest adventure in Batman: Zero Year. The story sees a young Bruce Wayne return to Gotham to tackle crime as he combats a dark version of the Riddler. Donning an armoured Batsuit (without the cape) and traversing via motorcycle, it is clear to see that Zero Year has had a big inspiration behind the movie especially with the Riddler’s plot.



From numerous trailers and TV spots, it appears that Paul Dano’s Riddler will be attempting to flood Gotham City as some point in the movie which takes its cue from Riddler’s schemes in the Zero Year comic. Pulling from Scott Snyder’s Batman run is certainly not a bad thing and we can’t wait to see how Riddler’s schemes unfold.


If you’d like to purchase this comic, you can do so by using the links below:

UK – Amazon

US - Amazon



Batman The Long Halloween

(via: DC Comics)


The detective side of Batman has been implied to feature heavily within The Batman and what better comic to take inspiration from than Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Batman: The Long Halloween. Centred around a murder mystery in Batman’s early career, he has to piece together who is going around and killing all of the major organised crime figureheads within Gotham City starting on Halloween. Riddler and Catwoman both make major appearances with Carmine Falcone, who will be played by John Turturro in The Batman, also playing a huge role.


Catwoman teaming up with Batman to help solve a string of murders, which draws them to figureheads like Riddler and Falcone, all over Gotham City. Add Penguin into the mix and you have the basic plot for The Batman. Fans have cried out for the detective side of Batman to be on show within the major movies and their wish is about to come true and it is on track to be a fan-favourite movie amongst comic book fans.


If you’d like to purchase this comic, you can do so by using the links below:

UK – Amazon

US - Amazon





The Batman hits theatres worldwide on March 4, 2022.





Will you be watching The Batman on opening night? Which character are you most looking forward to seeing in the film? Let us know in the comments below.


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