It’s official! Robert Pattinson will be returning as Batman for the upcoming sequel to last year’s DC Comics event film The Batman. The film is currently being called The Batman Part II and Matt Reeves will also be returning to direct the anticipated film.
The announcement was confirmed during a press event at the Warner Bros. lot on Jan. 30 and it was fully announced to the public today. Here’s what we know about the upcoming sequel and what that means for DC Studios.
THE BATMAN II RELEASE DATE REVEALED
The sequel is set to release on October 3, 2025. Information about the plot synopsis has remained under wraps but earlier this month, Reeves said that he was meeting with DC Studios co-head James Gunn to make sure that his “Batverse” and the larger DC Universe would be able to support each other.
The first film The Batman, grossed $770 million at the worldwide box office last year and it earned critical acclaim from fans and critics. The film is currently streaming on HBO Max.
Gunn has announced a new standalone property called “DC Elseworlds.” This is where any DC film or television series that is outside of the main DC Universe will be placed in this category. Those included in the property are as follows: The Batman Part II, Todd Phillips’ Joker: Folie à Deux with Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga, the ongoing animated series Teen Titans Go!, and a separate Superman movie that will be produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
As of right now, both Gunn and Peter Safran are awaiting the draft of the screenplay that will be written by Coates. With Reeves’ The Batman sequel, he is also getting ready to shoot a spinoff series that centers on Colin Farrell’s Penguin character. This will also be released in the DC Elseworlds category. Now, what about the DC Universe? Gunn and Safran have confirmed that the DC Universe is still around.
When it comes to the DC Universe, Gunn and Safran have announced that they are developing a new DC Universe. This includes the 2025 theatrical release Superman: Legacy. The duo also confirmed that their DC Universe will include a Batman and Robin movie that will be based on The Bravo and the Bold comics.
Gunn also explained that four projects that are expected to release this year are still on the slate like Shazam: Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman 2. When it comes to The Flash, Gunn has spoken highly about the film, calling it a “fantastic movie.” He also states that the film will reset the entire DC Universe. After the second Aquaman film, it will lead into the first chapter of Gunn’s and Safran’s eight to ten-year plan.
As of right now, the world that is DC is changing. New films and projects are developing behind closed doors and it’s only a matter of time before we get even more information about what’s going to happen in the next few years. We only know what’s going to happen in the next 3 years but sooner or later, we will surely be getting more news in the upcoming year or two. You can check out James Gunn’s video DC Slate announcement where you can see the full line-up below:
What do you guys think? Are you excited for what’s to come in the DC Universe? Are you looking forward to The Batman sequel coming out in 2025? What do you guys think about the DC Elseworlds? Do any of the upcoming projects interest you and if yes, which ones? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us your answers at @The_Illuminerdi. Don’t forget to follow us on all of our socials!