Batman 2 is not anticipated to be released until 2025, according to a recent report. Warner Bros. granted Matt Reeves control of the Dark Knight’s filmography when Ben Affleck quit playing Batman in the DC Extended Universe and gave up on plans to make a solo film. Robert Pattinson was chosen to play Bruce Wayne in The Batman, a detective-driven film that focuses on Gotham’s criminal underworld. The Batman, which debuted in early 2022 and starred Colin Farrell as the Penguin, Zo Kravitz as Catwoman, and Paul Dano as the Riddler, was an enormous success. As the box office recovered from COVID-19, the film made over $770 million worldwide and garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Since the original movie was such a hit, Batman 2 has been in development. In April, Warner Bros. formally announced the sequel, which would once again be written and directed by Matt Reeves and feature Robert Pattinson. The existence of Barry Keoghan’s Joker in The Batman 2 has not yet been verified. Although there haven’t been many updates on the sequel since then, the franchise’s reach has widened. In addition to the Penguin and Arkham Asylum series already in production, Reeves is apparently creating a shared world for Batman that will include further villain spinoff films and television programs.
Following the announcement that James Gunn and Peter Safran will be co-running DC Studios for Warner Bros., Variety published an article outlining the current state of different DC projects in light of this important move. An update on the state of The Batman 2’s development was provided in the report. According to reports, Matt Reeves has not yet given the studio a completed script. Batman 2 will likely be launched in 2025 at the earliest because of this. To adhere to such a schedule, the sequel would need to start shooting in 2023–2024, allowing Reeves another year or two to complete the script and all other pre-production tasks.
How The Batman 2 Fits Into James Gunn’s Restructuring of DC Studios
After a major reorganization, James Gunn and Peter Safran will now co-direct DC Studios as The Batman 2 is being developed. They apparently won’t be in charge of Matt Reeves’ ideas for the shared universe of Batman, though. According to some rumors, this duty will pass to Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, the co-chairs of Warner Bros. As with the first film’s separation from the DCEU, Gunn and Safran’s ideas for the new cinematic universe are still expected to have no bearing on Batman 2 or any subsequent spinoffs.
It appears Matt Reeves will continue to have a large amount of freedom to produce The Batman 2 at his own speed as James Gunn and Peter Safran work to rebuild DC’s future. The fact that Warner Bros. has yet to announce a release date for the sequel despite having said it is coming suggests that it will be released whenever Reeves is ready. Batman 2 won’t be released until 2025, which may seem like a long time to wait, but the largest series have a three-year gap between the first movie and the second. Even with his Planet of the Apes films, Reeves did the same. There should be lots of information about Batman 2 and the director’s shared world ideas throughout this time gap.