It’s probably going to be a while until audiences see Robert Pattinson in the cowl again.
Per a new report pertaining to the “confusing state of DC,” sources with Variety are claiming that despite the success of The Batman and early talks about a sequel, Warner Bros. Discovery hasn’t actually greenlit and agreed to finance another installment yet. Matt Reeves, who directed and wrote the latest take on the Dark Knight, is reportedly “on track for a sequel with star Robert Pattinson,” but any future film is expected to be “years away,” according to the publication.
Apparently, the only new DC movie that has been greenlit thus far following Warner Bros.’ merger with Discovery is Joker: Folie à Deux, something that might not come as a surprise considering how the original managed to gross $1.07 billion globally since its release in October 2019.
Variety goes on to point out that DC seems to have a good number of high-profile projects in the works, but the company seems to be oddly silent about them—further indication that the studio is still working hard on developing a new game plan that can put its superhero efforts closer in line with competitors that include Marvel Studios.
Several other DC properties have been in development as feature films, some for years — “Wonder Woman 3” (with Patty Jenkins directing), “Superman” (with Ta-Nehisi Coates writing), “Zatanna” (with Emerald Fennell writing) and “Static Shock” (with Michael B. Jordan producing) — but there haven’t been any substantive updates on these films since news of them first broke. (A spokesperson for Warner Bros. declined to comment for this story.)
Fans can probably rest assured that a sequel to The Batman will eventually be approved by Warner Bros. Discovery, however, with the film having made $770 million globally thus far.
Reeves, who also directed some of the modern Planet of the Apes films (i.e., Dawn and Rise), confirmed earlier this year that he had “started talking about another movie” with the studio, one that could feature the Court of Owls, per Pattinson’s own recommendation.
A spin-off TV series of The Batman that centers around Colin Farrell’s Penguin is also in development.