As part of the CinemaCon event run for multiplex owners and Hollywood studios, Warner Bros. and DC officially announced Tuesday that The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, is getting a sequel.
There had long been talk of the possibility of the film kickstarting a new franchise and the decision was almost a foregone conclusion after the positive critical reception the film got with its cinema release (and then its arrival on streaming platforms in the last couple of weeks). It was also helped by the fact that, so far, it’s the highest-grossing film of 2022… with a global return thus far of over $760 million.
“Thank you all for your tremendous support for The Batman. We couldn’t have gotten here without the faith and enthusiasm of all your teams around the world. I’m excited to jump back into this world for the next chapter,” the director told reporters abckstage.
“Matt took one of our most iconic and beloved superheroes and delivered a fresh” Warner Bros. movie chief Toby Emmerich noted. “Matt Reeves, Rob Pattinson and the entire team will be taking audiences back to Gotham with The Batman 2.“
Very little is known about the project on a narrative level and how many of the supporting cast will return is unknown. A sequence at the end of the film suggested that we might see something of The Joker in the future. Already confirmed is a spin-off from the film is an HBO Max limited series featuring the early days of The Penguin, with Farrell reprising his role and Reeves onboard as an executive producer.