Matt Reeves’ The Batman is now behind us, we have watched it in theaters, we watched it on HBOMax, where you can stream it now, and who knows how many times we’re going to rewatch it before the sequel, which was officially announced earlier this week, arrives.
Shortly after the movie premiered in theaters, Warner Bros. and DC released a deleted scene featuring Robert Pattinson’s Batman visiting the Joker, who is played by Eternals star Barry Keoghan in Reeves’ Batverse. Recently, Warner Bros. Entertainment released a video featuring Director’s Commentary on the scene, in which Reeves revealed that Keoghan’s Joker isn’t the Joker yet, but he’s going to become one eventually, which teases Reeves’ plans for this incarnation of the Joker in the future. You can see the full statement and the video down below:
“I think for me, what I wanted to do, in trying to kind of launch a new Year 2 Gotham, was to have it be as if all of these characters that we know in Gotham sort of already exists. Here we have a version of this character who is not yet the Joker, but is going to become the Joker, and I wanted Batman to have had an experience with him that put him in Arkham. So, something happened in that first year, and they have a connection right from the beginning, and I wanted this version of the character to go all the way back to the original Bob Kane Bill Finger inspiration, which is Conrad Veidt in the silent film The Man Who Laughs.” — Matt Reeves
The Batman was released last March, and it received acclaim for its performances, dark tone, and Reeves’ direction, although its runtime of 2 hours and 55 minutes received some criticism. But generally, The Batman became a huge success for WB, grossing over $759 million worldwide.
Earlier this week, it was officially announced that WB has greenlighted the development of the sequel. Reeves will return as writer and director, while Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz will reprise their roles as Batman and Catwoman, respectively.