Will there be a sequel to The Batman? When can we expect The Batman 2 to be released? And what would happen in the next Batman movie?
[Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Batman]
The Batman has finally had its day in cinemas after a hefty five-year journey, and it was one hell of a successful theatrical run. Hailed as a “chilling and compelling interpretation of Batman and Gotham’s corrupt underbelly” in our official review, it’s safe to say that the Caped Crusader is in great hands for years to come.
There’s a lot to unpack through Matt Reeves‘ epic detective thriller, with some threads left loose for fans to unravel in future Batman movies. We recently broke down The Batman ending, to help explain any of those threads. But more importantly, we’re already looking forward to the next chapter of Robert Pattinson’s version of Gotham’s hero, but what will happen in The Batman 2?
What will be the story of The Batman 2?
While The Riddler may be incarcerated at Arkham State Hospital, Gotham City is in ruins. Yet, even in the face of great adversities that are sure to sweep the streets, Batman has begun to steer his mission into one that inspires hope. Hope will have to shine through immense darkness, however, as The Batman 2 could be one of the most physically and mentally testing tales yet for the Dark Knight.
The Batman explored elements of the Wayne family hierarchy that haven’t been shown before on the big screen, with Reeves displaying a far more morally grey and troubled version of the Waynes. Having formed an alliance with the Arkhams, the seeds have been set for a deeper exploration of Gotham’s societal foundations.
The clearest path to explore this would be by introducing the Court of Owls. Debuting initially in Scott Snyder’s New 52 run of Batman in 2011, the Court of Owls is a secret society comprised of Gotham’s wealthiest individuals. Known to kidnap child performers from the circus, these children eventually grow up to be highly dangerous assassins known as Talons.
With Gotham submerged and vulnerable for a hostile takeover, this would be a great chance to challenge Batman’s mind far more than we’ve previously seen. Reeves is more than capable of constructing the brutal side of the Owls storyline, especially Batman’s fight for survival in a grim underground maze. Elements of the Arkham family from the comics will likely have to be changed too, as we don’t think witchcraft would go down all too well in this universe.
However, Reeves managed to craft a singular vision in The Batman, often retrofitting familiar elements in a fresh context. It wouldn’t be a stretch to bring the Court of Owls in as the next Batman villains either, as there seems to be some unconfirmed nods in The Batman already.
Perhaps the most obvious nod is the first clue left for Batman to decipher, with the card itself depicting an owl on the front. But it’s the inside of the card that sparks more interest, as the cipher language could be something far more than just a tool for The Riddler.
The Court of Owls toy with Batman in more ways than one, and this language may be a film-canon way of connecting the Rogues Gallery together. Of course, we’re just throwing out our theory. But, Pattinson wants to see it too.
Aside from a larger threat like the Court of Owls, there is one moment in The Batman that has the team at JumpCut deep in conversation. During the final act, Batman absorbs the blast of a double-barrel Shotgun, with his suit protecting him from a seriously powerful point-blank shot.
Seemingly unable to continue, Batman reveals an injection pen with a mysterious green liquid inside it. The effects of the injection amplify his rage while giving him the ability to get up and release an unrelenting barrage of hurt on one of Riddler’s followers. Sound familiar?
These effects are commonly associated with Venom, the drug that iconic Batman foe Bane uses to enhance his physicality. Reeves hasn’t spoken about the villain in regards to The Batman, but who knows, anyone could show up in the aftermath of Gotham’s downfall.
There is also the elephant in the room. Barry Keoghan’s ‘Unseen Arkham Prisoner’ (aka The Joker) is mainly heard, and vaguely seen after The Riddler’s plan is partially foiled. Reeves has noted Jeff Loeb’s The Long Halloween as a big influence on The Batman, a story that involves Batman interrogating a wealth of classic villains.
We doubt Reeves would want to usher in comparisons to The Dark Knight with his second movie, but if a villainous team-up is in the works, there’s always the trilogy’s conclusion to consider (with a new Robin too?).
Who will be in The Batman sequel?
The Batman 2 is in the very early stages of development, with director Matt Reeves stating work has begun. In an interview with The Independent, Reeves said “we’re working on some other stuff too but we have started talking about another movie”.
For now, it is safe to assume that Robert Pattinson and Andy Serkis will reprise their roles as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth respectively. Zoë Kravitz’s Selina Kyle meanwhile, departs Gotham City, suggesting she may well be off to visit Blüdhaven (a city protected by Nightwing in his initial stint as a lone vigilante).
Colin Farrell will be starring in his own HBO Max spin-off show, but as Gotham City is up for grabs, we’re sure the Penguin will be dying to stake his claim. Jeffrey Wright will no doubt be back as Lieutenant James Gordon, too.
It’ll be a while before any concrete casting news is revealed, but we’re eagerly awaiting any announcements of new members stepping into The Batman’s world.
When will The Batman 2 be released?
The Batman took five years to be released, due to several developmental factors. Now that the dust has settled with Ben Affleck’s Batman, it should be full-steam ahead for Robert Pattinson’s next chapter.
We wager that The Batman 2 will arrive by 2024 at the earliest if we’re lucky. However, a 2025 release window is more realistic. The good news is, the sequel has officially been given the greenlight now, with the confirmation coming at CinemaCon 2022.
That’s all we know about The Batman 2 so far, but as soon as any more information hits the street, we’ll send out the signal!