As we speak, Warner Bros. is currently flying through their slate of films at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. And right from the opening, they showed they weren’t playing around! Matt Reeves came out on stage, and together with the studio announced that they are moving forward with the next installment of The Batman.
A worldwide phenomenon this year, that I personally found to be a sheer masterpiece, broke box office records harder than Bane does with billionaire’s backs (Burn on you, Mr. Wayne. The fire rises!). And due to that response, it’s a no-brainer for the studio to bring back Reeves to continue the story. But better than that, the whole crew is expected to return, including Robert Pattinson as Batman!
Pattinson made for a terrific Bat, but here’s hoping that the end of the film will lead to a bit more humanity, and we get to see a full on Bruce Wayne billionaire playboy persona. I think Pattinson can definitely sell it, and if he does achieve the perfect balance, he’ll be the best cinematic Batman actor to date!
Here is the official press statement from WB:
Burbank, CA, April 26, 2022 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that director Matt Reeves has begun scripting a sequel to “The Batman,” which he and Dylan Clark would also return to produce. The news comes on the heels of the current film passing the $750 million mark at the global box office. The announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, and Reeves himself, who joined Emmerich onstage during his opening remarks at the Warner Bros. Pictures presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
HBO Max recently announced a series centered around Colin Farrell as The Penguin, derived directly from the universe launched by the “The Batman.” Reeves is currently reteaming with J.J. Abrams and DC universe veteran Bruce Timm on the streamer’s upcoming animated series “Batman: Caped Crusader.” The filmmaker’s prior films include the hugely successful “Planet of the Apes” franchise, the acclaimed fantasy horror film “Let Me In,” and the sci-fi horror hit “Cloverfield,” among others. Reeves’ additional credits include the popular TV series “Felicity,” which he co-created with Abrams, as well as the series “Ordinary Joe,” “Lift,” “Mother/Android,” “Away,” “Tales from the Loop” and “The Passage,” among others.
No word yet on when we’ll see Pattinson dawn the cape and the cowl again. But if they’re moving forward this early, I’d anticipate two to three years. Fingers crossed!
Just can’t wait for them to light the signal one more time!