Robert Pattinson's 'The Batman, Part II' Has a Release Date

Another day, another comic book movie. No matter your own personal feelings about where Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne stacks up against the Batmen of Days Past, fans were mostly happy about The Batman. The Caped Crusader's latest adventure debuted in theaters in March 2022 to the tune of a cool $128 million at the box office, and director Matt Reeves is already planning a new franchise.

If you had any doubt, Robert Pattinson is returning to the role for a sequel. Warner Bros. made the next Batman installment official soon after the first film's debut—so it certainly won't see a Batgirl-esque fate. And recently, it seems as if the Bat Stove (like the hot stove, but you know, Batman) is heating up. In an announcement on Tuesday, new DC head James Gunn revealed that The Batman, Part II would be arriving on October 3, 2025. A television series following Colin Farrell's Penguin will soon enter production.

Sadly, Pattinson's Batman will take somewhat of a backseat to Gunn's eventual DCEU Batman—whoever that ends up being. The sequel to The Batman will exist as an "Elseworlds" story, according to Gunn, meaning that it takes place in a timeline completely separate from what he's creating in the new DCEU. The Penguin television series and Joker: Folie à Deux will also serve as Elseworlds stories, even though Joker is not connected to Matt Reeves's Batman film. Instead, Gunn announced that we'll eventually see a whole new Batman and Robin combo for an upcoming television series titled, The Brave and the Bold.

What Could Happen in The Batman, Part II?

Let's start with the villains. First of all, it seems like an HBO Max series following Colin Farrell's Penguin is the next project we'll see from this particular Batverse. Expect that series to further explore the crime and corruption going on in Gotham City, which we surely only had a glimpse of in The Batman. (Plus, we'd give anything to see Farrell clown around in those prosthetics again.) From there, we may see potential villains such as Scarecrow, Clayface, and Professor Pyg start to flesh out the universe even more.

Speaking of clowns, how about The Batman's ending? We see the Riddler, recently tossed into Arkham Asylum for trying to flood the entirety of Gotham, chatting up his next-door neighbor. Who does the voice belong to, you ask? Reeves confirmed to Variety that the mystery character's creepy laugh belonged to none other than the Joker, played by Barry Keoghan. While you'd think that this was a clear segue into The Batman, Part II, Reeves seemed more interested in exploring other members of Batman's rogues gallery. "There are things we’ve talked about there," he said. "So it’s very possible. It also isn’t impossible, that there is some story that comes back where Joker comes into our world.” Honestly, we just want to see another filmmaker dare to put Mr. Freeze back in a live-action Batman movie. Stranger things have happened. Regardless, we're just happy that the ending of The Batman has the guy realizing that being a hero is, you know, a good thing. Sky's the limit from there, man.

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