Matt Reeves Suggests “The Batman” Sequel is Alive & Well
We’ll take any hint that writer/director Matt Reeves’ The Batman sequel is happening, and luckily, we’ve got one.
In a conversation with Collider, Reeves all but confirmed that he is, indeed, working on the sequel, as we had assumed way back in April of last year when Warner Bros. announced the sequel had been greenlit. And why wouldn’t there be a sequel, we thought at the time? The Batman was a critical and commercial smash, earning praise and a whopping $770 million worldwide during the pandemic era. Working with a stellar cast, led by Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, and a top-notch crew, Reeves’ Gotham was impeccably realized, a moody, taut danger zone where the winged bat fighting bad guys at night was just as terrifying as the bad guys themselves. From the opening shot (filmed from the perspective of the film’s main villain, The Riddler, played by Paul Dano), The Batman was that rare thing, a full-blown, street-level noir detective story that just happened to feature one of the most iconic superheroes of all time.
A lot has changed between then and now, with the Warner Brothers and Discovery merger and new leadership, James Gunn and Peter Safran, being tapped to head DC Studios and to wrangle the entire suite of DC content, including films, TV, and games, into a single, unified storyline. At last, the DCEU would really be an extended universe, and its huge bench of characters would interact in a single universe like those other guys over at Marvel.
So, big changes were afoot, and soon enough, some of those changes became evident—no Wonder Woman 3, no Henry Cavill returning as Superman—so it was understandable to start worrying that we’d never see Reeves, Pattison, and the rest of The Batman team extend their vision. Happily, it sounds as if that’s not the case.
“I’m not going to answer that question, but we are working on a movie. I’ll put it to you that way,” Reeves said to Collider. “We’re deep in it, and my partner and I are writing, Mattson [Tomlin] and I are writing, and it’s really exciting, and I’m really excited about what we’re doing.” Here, then, is the first giveaway—Mattson Tomlin helped Reeves with revisions on The Batman script.
And finally, Reeves made the point more clearly, saying that he’s “really excited to be doing that with Rob because I just think he’s such a special person and actor.” Rob, of course, is Robert Pattinson.
It’s still early days, and there’s no release date for The Batman 2, but these are good signs. Reeves and the rest of The Batman team did such good work, and it’ll be exciting to see them build out their dirty, dangerous corner of the DCEU.
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Featured image: Caption: (L-r) ROBERT PATTINSON and director MATT REEVES and on the set in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley/™ & © DC Comics