The Batman Movie to Take on NFTs in Gotham City

FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2019 file photo, Robert Pattinson attends the 13th Annual Go Gala at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles. The U.K. production of “The Batman” starring Pattinson, is starting up again after being shut down earlier this month when an individual tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesperson for Warner Bros. said Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, that filming had resumed after a hiatus for quarantine precautions. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The world is waiting to see Robert Pattinson play Batman, and now they can line up for NFTs, too. AMC Entertainment has partnered with Warner Bros. for the upcoming “The Batman” movie to mint a limited edition movie-themed NFT collection. The Bat and the Cat are about to be commemorated on the blockchain.

The digital collectibles are reserved for moviegoers who attend the flick between March 1-6. To secure an NFT, you must purchase your ticket to The Batman movie, either on the AMC website or via the app, by Feb. 14. AMC will introduce 16 unique versions of the Batman NFT, each boasting its rarity level. NFTs are taking on various forms lately, including 3D art, music, and videos.

AMC might want to consider minting an NFT of Pattinson’s Batman voice. In an interview with GQ, the actor revealed that it was “really hard to get into an artificially lower register,” especially for long dialogues that accompany the flick. It stands to reason that a rare talking Batman NFT would be a sensation.

Two of the biggest gripes about NFTs are high transaction fees and energy consumption, which are associated with the Ethereum blockchain. AMC uses the Palm NFT Studio to mint its NFTs, a platform built by Ethereum protocol engineers and designed to solve the issues that plague the larger network.

AMC is looking to ride on the coattails of its superhero success with Spider-Man NFTs, all 86,000 of which were claimed in December. On top of that, AMC experienced its second-highest single-day ticket sales with the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” movie. Meanwhile, at 83 years old, Batman has proven to be a multi-billion dollar brand. “The Dark Knight” alone, the second title in the trilogy, generated gross sales of $535 million across North American theaters.

No wonder the company is doing an encore with Batman, a movie whose budget was $100 million, with Pattinson reportedly earning a $3 million payday. If that salary sounds a bit low, that’s because, comparatively speaking, it is. For example, Chris Pine is taking home $11.5 million for his role in Dungeons & Dragons. With a lesser budget than some other DC films, the soon-to-be-released “The Batman” movie could have fewer bells and whistles and take more of a “gritty and action-packed and cerebral” approach, as described by actor Joe Manganiello. He played Flash Thompson in filmmaker Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man.

NFT Joker

As fate would have it, Johnny Depp, who is itching to play the part of the Joker in a potential sequel, is also cashing in on the NFT craze. The famous actor is the creator of the “Never Fear Truth” NFT collection, a set of 11,111 Ethereum-based digital tokens featuring “portraits of friends, heroes, and family.”

Owning one of Depp’s masterpieces gives you access to his Discord community, where the group collaborates on future projects. Depp will also send you a physical print of the original NFT artwork. As for his Joker aspirations, Depp reportedly believes that playing the role could not only jumpstart his career but also potentially land him an Oscar, according to reports. Ongoing legal battles have thrown a wrench into Depp’s aspirations lately.

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Moviegoers aren’t the only AMC fans who get a shot at nostalgic NFTs. The theatre chain also created an “I Own AMC” collection for its investors. As of mid-January, close to 100,000 of them had been claimed, hundreds of which had been resold for a top price of just over $223. It’s not a stream of steady dividend income, but it’s not too shabby, either.

AMC investors have gone on a roller-coaster ride since the stock attained meme-stock status last year. Reddit investors piled into the stock in an attempt to throw sophisticated hedge funds that were betting on the stock’s demise off their game and profit in the meantime. Shares of AMC are currently trading at just over $16 compared to their all-time high of nearly $73 in 2021. Jumping on the NFT bandwagon is another way for the company to stay relevant to investors and consumers alike, particularly in the wake of the pandemic.

According to Pattinson, “The Batman” plays out as a “detective story,” one that will evoke feelings of sadness around Bruce Wayne and surprise at the way he is treated in Gotham. If AMC can capture those emotions in an NFT, it could be the blockchain mystery of the ages.