If you’ve enjoyed watching The Batman in theaters or since its release on HBO Max last week, you’re in luck. Warner Bros has confirmed that Batman 2 is coming, and Robert Pattinson and director Matt Reeves will be back for the next chapter of the latest Batman reboot.
According to Deadline, the news was confirmed by Toby Emmerich, head of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group during the studio presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. But aside from the fact that Pattinson and Reeves will be back and a sequel is in the works, we don’t know much else about the film.
This news did not come as a surprise. The Batman made $760 million worldwide upon release in March, which is a pretty impressive feat while COVID-19 is still hovering around and causing problems. Deadline also reports that 4.1 million families watched the film during its first week on HBO Max.
Apparently, this means that its debut surpassed that of previous Warner Bros titles, including Suicide Squad, Dune, and The Matrix Resurrections. Which is very good for Battinson.
Matt Reeves was also on stage at CinemaCon, thanking everyone for their support of the film. “We couldn’t have made it without the faith and enthusiasm of all your teams around the world,” the director said, “I’m excited to be back in this world for the next chapter.”
So what can we expect from the Batman sequel? It would be very easy to conclude that the Joker will be the film’s main villain. After all, The Batman’s ending teased his teaming with the Riddler, with a super disturbing deleted scene suggesting he could have a much more prominent role in the future.
But it seems too simple, and parallels can be drawn with The Dark Knight in 2008. Instead, it would be nice if Batman took on another villain (or villains), ideally someone we haven’t seen on the big screen before.
The Joker will still be there, biding his time, and he’d be the perfect candidate for the final villain to end the trilogy, especially if he’s managed to gather a few friends, like some psychopath Nick Fury.
No doubt the sequel will also move Selina Kyle’s story forward and we might even see more of Colin Farrell’s Penguin. Provided, of course, that he’s not too busy with the HBO Max spin-off to show up.
Whatever happens, we just need to be patient and wait to see how it ends.
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