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The Batman 2 release date postponed until 2026

Matt Reeves Shares Update on ‘The Batman 2’ Production


Update: Warner Bros. has now confirmed that The Batman II will hit theatres on October 2, 2026, serving as a follow-up to the 2022 film with Robert Pattinson returning to play the titular character.

It’s conclusive! The Batman 2 is happening, but there’s a catch. The sequel to the Robert Pattinson-led epic won’t hit the big screens until at least 2026, with writer-director Matt Reeves yet to supply a finalised script for the movie. The news comes via Variety, which reports that The Batman sequel won’t release until 2026 “at the earliest”, however, there’s more happening behind the scenes. Things at Warner Bros. and DC Films are far from calm, as the company tries to get its house in order and come up with ways to drive its superhero franchise forward. And it seems like The Batman 2 is a step in that direction.

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Back in April, Warner Bros. gave fans the much-awaited news that a sequel to Matt Reeves’ The Batman has been greenlighted, with Toby Emmerich acting as the film’s chief. “Matt took one of our most iconic and beloved superheroes and delivered a fresh (perspective). Matt Reeves, Rob Pattinson, and the entire team will be taking audiences back to Gotham with The Batman 2,” Emmerich said during the announcement. Fast forward to the present day and we finally have a concrete update about the sequel.

Matt Reeves did a fantastic job with The Batman and his representation of the Caped Crusader, who is still learning the ropes, coming to terms with who he is, and is also new to the world of crime fighting/solving. The invariably wet streets of Gotham and the overall gritty tone combined with a great detective story really made the movie shine and put Batman back on the map. In our earlier review of “The Batman,” we applauded Reeves for his “brash and bold take on the concept, which pushes the Caped Crusader further into the vengeful vigilante he was always meant to be.”

“The Batman is a captivating neo-noir thriller that offers a solid foundation from which the next great superhero franchise will be based. Reeves deserves to be applauded for his brash and bold take on the concept, which pushes the Caped Crusader further into the vengeful vigilante he was always meant to be. Pattinson is impressive in the suit, Dano is masterful in his portrayal of The Riddler and Colin Farrell’s Penguin, while under-utilised, is quality. The Batman is dark, brooding and unashamedly serious, but with a runtime of almost three hours, some light in the dark might not have gone astray,” our editor-in-chief, Nick Hall, wrote in his review.

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While the 2026 release window for The Batman 2 might seem ways off at this point, it will give Reeves and company all the time they need to come up with another grounding story about our favourite superhero detective. During his talk with The Cyber Nerds, Reeves laid down his desires surrounding Batman’s future. He said, “Batman’s story never ends. It’s not as if crime is ever going to end, or corruption is ever going to end in Gotham City.

It was important that this story, even though I wanted to end in a complete sort of – beginning, middle, end – so that you had the experience, it had to end in a way that you knew it went on, because even if I wasn’t going to make another movie, Batman’s story continues. He is doomed and compelled to continue to go on this journey to become this iconic hero. And what’s exciting is that if the audience embraces this movie, and it feels hopeful like they will, because Rob is amazing, then we’ll be able to tell more of those stories.”