“The Batman Part II” is Part of Newly Branded DC Elseworlds Projects, Arrives in 2025
We’re guessing you caught the major news coming from DC Studios yesterday? New DC Studios chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran revealed their plan for creating a Unified DC Universe, and the details were really mind-blowing for those of us invested not only in the film and TV industries but the business of superhero storytelling.
Gunn and Safran’s plan includes a brand new Superman film titled Superman: Legacy, a new Game of Thrones-style TV series set on Wonder Woman’s home island, Themyscira, a new Green Lanterns TV series, and a new Batman film that involves Bruce Wayne learning he’s got a son with some very, very deep troubles. That’s just the tip of the new Unified DC Universe iceberg.
While the legion of fans of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill’s Superman are still smarting over the fact that Gunn and Safran’s reenvisioned DC doesn’t include them, there was good news for the many fans of Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which starred Robert Pattison as the Caped Crusader. The Batman Part II is officially happening, with the film arriving on October 3, 2025. While many of the details about the specifics of the plot and more will be kept under wraps for some time, Gunn and Safran did reveal that Reeves’ corner of Gotham will remain a standalone property and fall under the “DC Elseworlds” category. The Elseworlds tag will be put on any TV series that doesn’t fall under the main DC Universe. This is how DC Comics handles its various titles, too.
Other upcoming projects that will fall under the “DC Elseworlds” banner include Joker: Folie à Deux, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga and which is set for an October 4, 2024 release. There’s also another surprise—Gunn and Safran said they’re still interested in a different Superman movie from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and produced by J.J. Abrams, which would also get the “Elseworlds” tag.
While Reeves and Pattinson plunge the depths of their detective noir-inspired version of Gotham, Gunn and Safran’s new Batman movie, The Brave and the Bold, will fall under their DC Universe and will not only include the aforementioned revelation that Bruce Wayne has a disturbed son but the reintroduction of Robin to the DC world.
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Featured image: Caption: ROBERT PATTINSON as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley/™ & © DC Comics