The Batman is now less than two weeks away from hitting theaters worldwide as the wait for another solo Batman film has finally come to an end. This particular adventure with the Dark Knight stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero and is directed by Matt Reeves. This time, the vigilante will be up against the Riddler and the Penguin while he tries to figure out Selina Kyle's Catwoman.
If the trailers are anything to go by, the movie certainly seems to be going back to the character's "grounded" roots, which will undoubtedly give fans plenty of Christopher Nolan vibes. Not only that, but it seems like the story will be a dark one; just take a look at Paul Dano's Riddler.
Ahead of the project's official premiere, Reeves spoke to the Independent at The Batman's red carpet premiere, where he confirmed that official discussions for a sequel have already taken place.
The Batman Sequel In Development
At the red carpet premiere for The Batman, the film's director, Matt Reeves, addressed whether fans should expect to see a sequel while speaking with The Independent.
The director made it clear that "[he] hope[s] so," but that when making this first film, it was important "that [it] stands and loves on its own:"
“I hope so, we’ll see — I mean for sure! I mean look, you don’t make number one as if there’s going to be number two. You have to make number one as if you’re swinging for the fences and it has to be a movie that stands and lives on its own.”
Reeves continued on saying that he would "be excited to tell more stories" in this world and that he and Warner Bros "have started talking about another movie:"
“But I really believe in what we’ve done and I’d be excited to tell more stories. We are already telling other stories in the streaming space, we’re doing stuff on HBO Max, we’re doing a Penguin show with Colin which is gonna be super cool, and we’re doing some work on some other stuff too. But we have started talking about another movie, but, y’know, right now we’ll just put it out in the world and I’ll try to enjoy this.”
Batman's Future Stories
The way the superhero landscape is these days, it would be strange if Warner Bros. wasn't already expecting to make multiple films from the get-go. Batman is one of the biggest heroes of all time; if Ant-Man can get three films with Marvel, certainly there were plans to continue Pattinson's take on the Dark Knight.
The actor behind the cowl has even spoken out about how he wants to do a sequel, even offering up potential villains he thinks would work well, such as Calendar Man and the Court of Owls—both of which perfectly fit the gritty aesthetic of The Batman.
Future movies aren't the only new stories fans can look forward to. As Reeves mentioned above, there will be a Penguin-based series for HBO Max, along with one centered on the Gotham PD, which will be set a year prior to the events of the upcoming film.
No matter how the project performs, fans should still expect to see more from Pattinson's universe in the future. Just look at how long the Snyder-Verse kept going before being course-corrected.
The Batman hits theaters on March 4.