Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson will return to Gotham once again after the critical and commercial success of the first instalment.
Warner Bros. announced the sequel to The Batman last night at CinemaCon, a trade show for cinema owners in Las Vegas.
There’s already two other Batman-related projects in pre-production at HBO Max; one centred on Colin Farrell’s The Penguin and another on the infamous Arkham Asylum which houses some of Gotham’s most notorious villains.
The film sequel will see the “whole team” returning and many are expecting to see Barry Keoghan’s Joker, whom we glimpsed at the end of The Batman, to make an appearance. Reeves has previously stated his desire to adapt the comic Death In The Family, in which Joker murders Robin, Batman’s most famous sidekick. Reeves has also mentioned Mr. Freeze as a character he’d like to bring to the big screen.
“In my view, I just feel drawn to finding the grounded version of everything. So to me it would be a challenge in an interesting way to try and figure out how that could happen, even the idea of something like Mr. Freeze, that such a great story, right? I think there’s actually a grounded version of that story, which could be really powerful and could be really great,” Reeves said at a press event for The Batman in February.
Pattinson has said he’d love to do a Batman trilogy. ““I’ve made a kind of map for where Bruce’s psychology would grow over two more movies,” the actor told Empire. So far, there are no official plans for film no. 3 so audiences will just have to wait and see.
Our own Archie Brydon gave The Batman 4 stars and had this to say about it:
“It is long, dark, and wet. It is not quite as clever as it would like to believe. But it’s beautiful, mildly amusing, incredibly entertaining, and, in the lead role, Robert Pattinson triumphs.”