When James Gunn and Peter Safran blew into DC Town and started shooting, quite a few of us wondered if this would be the end of The Batman. With the so-called Snyderverse being consigned to the trash can of cinematic history by a great big reset button, that was ushering in all new versions of our favorite heroes, could The Batman universe really survive?
The noises we have all been hearing seem to indicate that The Batman and Joker will endure and remain separate, from the new DCU as well as each other, almost like a DC Elseworlds instalment.
Certainly, writer / director Matt Reeves seems to think that is the case, as he has carried on writing the script.
The Batman scored strong reviews and, in a depressed post-Covid box office landscape, scored an impressive $770 million worldwide. This was despite a near 3 hour runtime.
Those critical of the movie, particularly among the online movie community, pointed to this runtime as an issue, along with the pacing. Did we really need another conversation between Batman and Gordon? Does Bruce really need to visit the Iceberg Lounge three times? Could it have been more taught? Punchier?
Either way, Warner Bros. and DC (pre Gunn/Safran) quickly started work on both the sequel and a number of spin-offs. Gotham PD has died, but Colin Farrell’s Penguin is getting his own limited series.
Reeves has been asked, directly, by Collider if he was shooting any films this year and Reeves mentioned his The Batman co-writer and said:
“I’m not going to answer that question, but we are working on a movie. I’ll put it to you that way. 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.”
He then opened up and talked about how the limited series The Penguin will actually serve as a link between the two movies:
“There’s actually a whole little fabric of things we’re wanting to do, the way we’re doing with The Penguin and how that comes back into how that will lead into the sequel.”
One word of caution. The Batman 2 (if that is what it will be called) has not yet been greenlit. Warner Bros. has OK’d development, but not greenlit the movie. Wonder Woman 3 was canned after the script was turned in and writer Patty Jenkins was rumored to have turned down the chance to re-work it into an instalment for the new DCU. That would have meant jettisoning Gal Gadot and re-casting, as the plot and direction were retooled to fit the Gunn/Safran plan.
There is still a possibility this could happen with a sequel to The Batman. On the other side of the coin, with limited ties to any other DCEU or DCU property, there is actually nothing creatively stopping Pattinson’s Batman being the new DCU Batman, just contracts and affordability.