Matt Reeves’s follow-up to 2022’s The Batman gets a release date and is confirmed to exist outside of the new DC Universe.
Amid the slew of new announcements revealed yesterday, we learned that Matt Reeves’ follow-up to The Batman is currently being scripted by the director himself. Furthermore, it was also confirmed that The Batman Part II will be an ‘Elseworlds’ project, existing outside of the new DCU continuity.
None of that news is particularly surprising, although the planned 2025 release date does mean we’ll be getting a Batman movie in the same calendar year as a Superman one, surely something to celebrate for die-hard fans of DC comic books.
Other announced ‘Elseworlds’ projects that will exist outside of the regular DCU continuity include Joker: Folie à Deux with Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga set for release October 4th 2024, the existing animated series Teen Titans Go! and a separate Superman movie produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
At one point there were lots of ideas swirling about various spin-off TV shows that were supposedly headed to Warner Bros’ streaming platform, HBO Max. Whilst a show centered around Colin Farrell’s Penguin character has been confirmed, nothing else was announced at the announcement event yesterday, meaning that perhaps talk of an Arkham Asylum series was simply conjecture.
DCU creative chief, James Gunn spoke briefly about The Batman 2, stating “Matt is working on [The Batman sequel], which he thinks of as a Batman Crime Saga, which also includes [The Penguin] series, and it is its own thing. He’s hard at work on that. He came in and pitched us some amazing, really cool stuff the other day. So our plan is for that to continue.”
There’s also another Batman project in the works, this one featuring a DCU version of the character. That will be titled The Brave And The Bold and presumably craft a markedly different tone to The Batman's emo-darkness. We certainly like this idea: DC Films have always been at their best when they’ve been freed up to spin stories in creative ways and that certainly looks to be the case for Matt Reeves as he plans the next two films to complete his Batman trilogy.
More as we hear it.
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