Friday, April 19, 2024

“The Batman” Premieres in New York to No Director (He Has COVID) and No Press


Riddle me this: What does The Batman fear more than the Penguin or the Riddler? Why, the press.

Tuesday night’s premiere of “The Batman” at Lincoln Center was followed by a swanky party at Tavern on the Green. Warner Bros. took over the whole place, but no press was invited. Star Robert Pattinson, who previously battled vampires in the “Twilight” series, isn’t ready to field random handshakes from people who might ask him questions about his cowl. (Or did I saw scowl? This guy never smiles in pictures.)

“The Batman” premiere was marred by the absence of director Matt Reeves. He had to Zoom in from parts unknown because he has COVID. But the rest of the cast was present including Zoe Kravitz — who will host “Saturday Night Live” next week — and her stepfather, “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa. (He’s married to or estranged from her mother, Lisa Bonet, depending on which tabloid you read.)

There were scant few other celebrities, according to my spies, except for Ben Stiller, and Kravitz’s boyfriend, actor Channing Tatum. Also spotted was Julia Fox, whose 15 minutes of fame as Kanye West’s girlfriend last week are coming to an end.

“The Batman” starts previews Thursday night and should, from its mostly positive reviews, be a big hit.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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