Robert Pattinson arrives on the big screen as The Batman in March – but in the UK, you’re going to need to be 15 to see the film.

Might be a bit of a surprise this, given how far Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy pushed the boundaries of a 12A certificate. However, the first standalone Batman movie since The Dark Knight Rises back in 2012 has been given a 15 certificate in the UK. It’s the first live action Batman-centric film to get a certificate that locks out under 15s in the UK.

It’s a further surprise given that the very same film has got the more family-friendly PG-13 rating in the US. Here in the UK, it’s got its 15 for “strong threat, violence”. There’s more in depth ratings information too that goes mildly spoilery, so you can read the full adjudication should you so choose at the BBFC’s website, here.

The BBFC also confirms the extensive running time for the film, that had already been heavily rumoured. The cut that the organisation saw ran for 176 minutes and no seconds. Even if you’re knocking off a good ten minutes or so for the credits, that’s quite a long movie.

The film arrives in UK cinemas on March 4th, and as we hear more on it, we’ll keep you posted.

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