Batman 2 Green has not been officially made green by Warner Bros. As details of the big changes to the DC Films franchise continue to emerge in the shadow of the Warner Bros. merger. New Discovery, it seems that the Batman sequel is not as sure of anything as when Batman 2 It was first announced publicly during the DC/WB panel at CinemaCon 2022. In the latest report from diversewe hear now that “writer and director Matt Reeves is on his way to a sequel with co-star Robert Pattinson, but the project is still in development and doesn’t have a green light yet — any future film is still years away.”
Back this spring, Toby Emmerich, Group President of Warner Bros. Pictures, told the CinemaCon audience with something completely different from the Batman sequel:
“not shiny [Reeves] Taking on one of the most well-known and beloved superheroes and introducing a new vision that clearly resonated with audiences and with your incredible support, has shattered box office records around the world, which is one of the reasons I’m excited to break the news about Matt, Rob Pattinson and the entire team will bring fans back to Gotham City with him Batman 2Emmerich said.
Who knows what the exact timetable is Batman 2Production – It’s a moot point now, with Toby Emmerich stepping down from his position shortly after CinemaCon. As we have known all summer, the new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, comes from an entirely different playbook on how the DC Films franchise was built.
“There will be a team with a 10-year plan that focuses solely on the capital… We believe we can build a stronger sustainable growth business in the long-term from the capital. And as part of that, we will focus on quality. We will not release any films before it is ready… We won’t shoot any movie unless the focus is on, ‘How do we generally make each of these movies as quality as possible? …we have some great DC movies coming up – black AdamAnd the ShazamAnd the flash – We’re working on all of those. We are very excited about them.”
The question of where Batman fits into the DC franchise appears to be at the forefront of DC/WB at the moment. Zslav has made major sweeping changes that seem to focus on the Batman side of things: The Batgirl movie was delayed despite its completion, and Michael Keaton’s version of Batman – she was originally set to be a major supporting character in The Flash before she became DC’s “Nick Fury.” By appearing in Batgirl, Aquaman 2, and other films. Ben Affleck’s Batman has been re-emerged in Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom after his first appearance in Flash: Whether Affleck regresses to the cowl full-time or finishes an arc to make way for a new Batman remains to be seen.
How Zaslav sees the Batman franchise and his independent stature in the DC franchise is also unclear. Batman earned $700 million early this year, which is pretty respectable in a post-pandemic theater market, but still less than $1 billion, Marvel can still make it with Spider-Man: No Way Home and (almost with) Doctor Stranger in the multiverse of madness. Zaslav clearly wants DC movies to make a billion dollars too – so he still has faith in The Batman not clear.
As far as we currently know, the Batman franchise is still continuing to expand into an HBO Max TV series focused on Colin Farrell’s Penguin after the events of the first movie. So it’s not entirely shocking to hear that The Batman 2 may still be years away, if the Penguin series needs to go down the production pipeline first.
We will keep you updated on the status of The Batman 2.