Warner Bros. Discovery has experienced a turbulent few months. After the arrival of new CEO David Zaslav, the studio’s upcoming releases have been upheaved, and Matt Reeves’ sequel to The Batman appears to be at risk.
As for the remaining DCEU releases on the docket, there have already been considerable issues behind the scenes, including the ongoing saga of Ezra Miller’s increasingly strange behavior. Regarding the DCEU, there are completed projects on the horizon, but the only new title currently confirmed is Joker: Folie à Deux.
Variety reports that writer-director Reeves and star Robert Pattinson are preparing a sequel, however, Warner Bros Discovery has not yet given the project its official green light. In the event that the sequel is given the all-clear, it will still be several years before audiences can see Bats on the big screen again. Despite being one of the first cinematic releases at the height of the pandemic, Matt Reeves’ The Batman commanded an estimated $200 million in production costs and made $770 million worldwide. Despite being one of the first cinematic releases at the height of the pandemic, Matt Reeves’ The Batman commanded an estimated $200 million in production costs and made $770 million worldwide.
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Following the announcement of Joker 2, it was revealed that it would be a musical and that Lady Gaga would co-star with Joaquin Phoenix. The first film grossed $1.07 billion worldwide following its release in 2019 and the sequel is expected to have a much larger budget, with an estimated $150 million in production costs. During production, anything can happen, and the cost could easily increase. This is still one of the lowest budgets for superhero movies.
In addition to Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne, The Batman also features Colin Farrell as the Penguin, Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and Paul Dano as The Riddler. A murderer has been targeting key political figures in Gotham City, and Batman is assigned to solve the case. In addition, Bruce is also confronted with the corruption in the city as well as his family’s role in Gotham’s troubled history of power dynamics.