The Batman Part II (DC Elseworlds) and Superman: Legacy Announced for 2025 Release

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The Batman won’t be the last time that fans will be able to see Robert Pattinson dress up as the Dark Knight. Speaking during a press event today that detailed the future of the DC Universe, James Gunn and Peter Safran, who now run the newly created DC Studios within Warner Bros. Discovery, announced that a sequel, simply titled The Batman Part II, will premiere in theaters on October 3, 2025. The new movie will be released under the “DC Elseworlds” brand, a new label meant for any DC film or television series that is set outside of the main DC Universe. Gunn also confirmed that he is writing a new Superman movie called Superman: Legacy, also slated for a 2025 release.

Other projects that were announced include:

  • Batman and Robin movie
  • Wonder Woman prequel series
  • Green Lantern mystery series
  • Booster Gold and Swamp Thing titles

From a Variety report:

While Gunn and Safran are developing a new DC Universe, which includes the 2025 theatrical release “Superman: Legacy,” Reeves’ “The Batman Part II” will remain a standalone property and fall under the newly branded “DC Elseworlds” category. Gunn announced that any DC film or television series that is set outside of the main DC Universe will get the “DC Elseworlds” tag, exactly how DC Comics functions.

In addition to “The Batman Part II,” the “DC Elseworlds” roster of upcoming projects includes Todd Phillips’ “Joker: Folie à Deux” with Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga (set for release Oct. 4, 2024), the ongoing animated series “Teen Titans Go!,” and a separate Superman movie produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The latter project was first announced in 2021 and remains in active development. Gunn and Safran said they are eagerly awaiting a draft of Coates’ screenplay.

Pattinson and Reeves will continue to explore their iteration of Batman in the “DC Elseworlds” sidebar, while Gunn and Safran will cast a new Batman in the DC Universe. The duo confirmed that their DC Universe will include a Batman and Robin movie, based on “The Brave and the Bold” comics. In addition to “The Batman Part II,” Reeves is also gearing up to shoot a spinoff series centered on Colin Farrell’s Penguin character.

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