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‘The Batman 2’ gets disappointing development update

Published : 12 Aug 2022 07:17 PM

A new report notes that Matt Reeves' The Batman 2 does not yet have a greenlight from Warner Bros. Discovery. The Batman was directed by Reeves and starred Robert Pattinson as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Penguin, and Paul Dano as The Riddler, pulling in more than $760 million at the global box office. The film takes place in an alternate reality outside the DCEU, making it a standalone film similar to Todd Phillips' Joker (and its upcoming sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux)

During the Warner Bros. panel at CinemaCon in April 2022, then-WB head Toby Emmerich announced that The Batman 2 would be happening and brought Reeves out to the stage. Reeves thanked theater owners for supporting The Batman, saying he was "excited to jump back into this world for the next chapter." Since that time, however, Emmerich has resigned from WB, which has become Warner Bros. Discovery after a massive merger. New CEO David Zaslav is shaking things up for the DC corner of the company, canceling films like Batgirl and The Wonder Twins while aiming to push forward bigger and better theatrical features while protecting the DC brand.

The future of The Batman 2 may be even more uncertain, as the film is apparently listed as "in development" and has not yet been given an official greenlight from WB Discovery. While Reeves and Pattinson are both attached to the project, the development status implies that the sequel would be years away. The Batman 2 joins the growing chorus of films that are listed as "in development" with no clear picture forward, including Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 3, Ta-Nehisi Coates' Superman, Zatanna, Static Shock, and Black Canary with Jurnee Smollett, all of which are in development limbo.

While there has been an outcry over the sudden wave of cancellations from Warner Bros. Discovery, there's still much that hasn't been revealed about what projects will be pursued. With Warner Bros. Discovery's ambition to create a 10-year plan for their DC properties and hire a Kevin Feige-esque lead for the IP, there are certainly many announcements left to be made in terms of what lies ahead. -Variety