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Everything We Know About The Batman 2


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The Batman finally released in theaters, ushering in a new era for the Dark Knight — here’s everything to know about The Batman 2. Directed by Matt Reeves from a screenplay by him and Peter Craig, The Batman sees the title character in his second year as Gotham City’s vigilante. With every comic book movie comes the question about a potential sequel, and The Batman does hint there is more story to tell in this universe.

The Batman follows Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) as he investigates a series of murders by The Riddler (Paul Dano), who keeps leaving the Caped Crusader clues at every crime scene. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) and Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Batman must try to solve the riddles and stop The Riddler before he claims another victim, but not before he uncovers quite a few facts about Gotham City's elite.

While The Batman stands alone, it is being set up to usher in its own universe — a mixture of films and TV series on HBO Max — that is separate from the remainder of the DC Extended Universe. Here is everything to know about The Batman 2, including who in the cast might return and the sequel’s release date.

Matt Reeves confirmed early talks are happening for The Batman 2. Two sequels are actually being planned for the future. Considering there are two upcoming series spinning out of The Batman — one about the Gotham City Police Department and one about The Penguin — it makes sense the film would also get a sequel. It’s a Batman movie, so it doesn’t seem rash to think the movie will be successful enough to warrant a follow-up, especially given the film itself sets up a few plot threads for the story to continue in The Batman 2.

The Batman ends with a penultimate scene that sees The Riddler befriending the Joker in Arkham Asylum, teasing a potential alliance between the villainous pair in The Batman 2. Joker's riddle possibly hints at the arrival of the Court of Owls, a criminal group made up of many of Gotham's wealthiest citizens. A voiceover from Pattinson’s Caped Crusader suggests Gotham will rebuild, but the chaos and corruption will be at an all-time high following the death of Carmine Falcone, who held a lot of power. Out of that chaos, The Penguin, who was Falcone’s right-hand man, could emerge as a major villain in The Batman 2. He certainly has the connections to do so and it seems like he’s been on the sidelines long enough. Penguin's spinoff show could very well lead into his story in the sequel.

Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, and Andy Serkis will more than likely return as Batman, Catwoman, Jim Gordon, and Alfred, respectively. Paul Dano will probably not come back because Riddler was arrested, but he could always return in a smaller capacity. Barry Keoghan as Joker could play a larger role in The Batman 2 as well. Besides The Penguin and Joker coming to the forefront, The Batman 2 could also focus on Hush (aka, Tommy Elliot), a villain who was heavily teased in the film through Edward Elliot. The sequel may also introduce villains from the comics who weren’t in the first film — Clayface, Scarecrow, and so many other great characters from Batman’s Rogues’ gallery could appear. The Court of Owls and Robin could also debut in a sequel Batman film.

The Batman faced several delays because of the global pandemic, especially as it began filming shortly before lockdown and was stalled for several months before picking back up with production later in 2020. The Batman was initially scheduled for a summer 2021 release. Given the filming and post-production timeframe of the first film, it’s possible The Batman 2 will be out in the summer or fall of 2024 at the earliest. However, fans shouldn't expect the sequel to take any longer than five years to release, according to The Batman producer Dylan Clark.

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