As DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran continue to develop their Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters slate for the new DCU, The Batman 2 will serve as one of the Elseworlds-style stories that will continue outside of the DCU canon.
Bringing back director Matt Reeves and Alfred Pennyworth star Andy Serkis, this sequel has a number of different storylines it can tackle after the three-hour behemoth of a journey that was laid out in 2022's The Batman.
And while the cast for this movie is still coming together, especially with Barry Keoghan's Joker lurking in the wings, a couple of the original movie's villains appear set for an exciting return to come in 2025.
The Batman's Original Villains Reportedly Back for Sequel
Insider Daniel Richtman reported on his Patreon page that Paul Dano and Colin Farrell are set to reprise their roles as the Riddler and the Penguin, respectively, for Matt Reeves' The Batman - Part 2.
Should this rumor prove to be true, they'll be the fourth confirmed members of the cast after Robert Pattinson's Batman and Andy Serkis' Alfred Pennyworth.
How Will The Batman - Part 2 Continue Villains' Stories?
Seeing the Penguin and the Riddler come back for The Batman 2 is certainly an exciting prospect, especially since both of them were left alive and well(ish) at the end of the original movie.
While Colin Farrell's Oswald Cobblepot watched Gotham flood as a free man, the Riddler is currently stuck in Arkham Asylum, with his cellmate being none other than Barry Keoghan's Joker.
In October 2022, Paul Dano noted that he would "probably be there" if he were asked to reprise his role in the sequel, which should make for some exciting prospects for his character as Edward Nashton seeks revenge on Bruce Wayne.
Now, the big question that remains is how big both of their roles will be in Matt Reeves' highly-anticipated sequel, especially with Gotham now in complete chaos thanks to the flood that has the city underwater.
And with almost a dozen potential new villains that could take the spotlight against the Caped Crusader, Robert Pattinson's hero appears to be in for a hell of a ride once more.
The Batman - Part 2 will begin production in November ahead of its October 5, 2025 release date.