‘The Batman’ is getting a sequel, with Robert Pattinson set to return as Gotham’s fiercest defender.
Warner Bros. revealed his plans for another Caped Crusader story during his Tuesday night presentation at CinemaCon, the annual theater owners’ show. “The Batman” director Matt Reeves was on hand to break the news that he’ll be writing and directing the sequel, but he didn’t provide any details on what the movie will entail.
“The Batman,” a three-hour superhero adventure, made its big-screen debut in March, grossing $134 million domestically. Those ticket sales still rank as the biggest opening weekend of 2022, as well as the second pandemic-era movie to cross the $100 million mark in a single weekend after “Spider-Man.” : No Way Home”. With $759 million to date at the worldwide box office, “The Batman” is currently the highest-grossing film of the year.
Notably, “The Batman” marked a return to exclusive theatrical releases for Warner Bros. after the studio released its entire 2021 slate simultaneously on HBO Max. Going forward, Warner Bros. plans to keep its new movies in theaters for 45 days before putting its new titles on HBO Max. His upcoming titles include “Elvis” (June 24), “DC League of Super-Pets” (July 29), “Creed III” (November 23) and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (December 16).
“The Batman” took a dark (albeit PG-13) look at Bruce Wayne’s early days as “the world’s greatest detective.” In his pursuit of justice, the young Dark Knight uncovers corruption in Gotham City while pursuing the maniacal killer known as the Riddler (Paul Dano). The star-studded cast included Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth, Colin Farrell as the crime lord known as Penguin, and Jeffrey Wright as Gotham City’s police chief, James Gordon. In addition to blockbuster ticket sales, the film was widely embraced by critics (it holds 85% on Rotten Tomatoes), as well as audiences (it landed an “A-” CinemaScore).
In Variety reviewer of “The Batman”, Chief Film Critic Peter Debruge singled out Reeves for doing “something relatively unique here, at least by comic book movie standards”.
“This grounded, often brutal, nearly three-hour film noir ranks among the best of the genre, even though – or more aptly, because – what makes the film so great is its willingness to dismantle and interrogate the very concept of superheroes,” he wrote.
Along with the Bruce Wayne follow-up, Warner Bros. has several DC properties in the works, including the animated “DC League of Super-Pets” (which hits theaters July 29) and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (which opens December 22). Next year, Jason Momoa returns for “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” (scheduled for March 17) and Ezra Miller stars in “The Flash” (June 23).