Robert Pattinson will be back to wearing the iconic black cowl after Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that he would return to star in a sequel to The Batman.
The 35-year-old English actor will once again play Bruce Wayne and his alter ego of the Caped Crusader in the sequel to the massively successful superhero film, which is currently the highest-grossing film of 2022.
Warner Bros. also announced at its CinemaCon presentation to theater owners that the film’s director Matt Reeves would also return for the sequel.
Back for more: Robert Pattinson, 35, will return to star in a sequel to The Batman, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday at CinemaCon; seen March 1 in NYC
Reeves, 56, spoke at the presentation and confirmed he would again be writing and directing the sequel, though he didn’t share any plot details about the hotly anticipated movie.
There also wasn’t any announcement of a potential release window or a date for the start of production.
‘Thank you all for your tremendous support for The Batman,’ he said to theater owners in the audience. ‘We couldn’t have gotten here without the faith and enthusiasm of all your teams around the world. I’m excited to jump back into this world for the next chapter.’
Fans may have to wait until April of 2023 for more information about The Batman 2, as Reeves said future details would be presented ‘in a CinemaCon to come,’ according to IGN.
The Batman’s box office success was somewhat surprising — despite the popularity of comic book heroes — as it features a much darker tone and visual style that other recent superhero film and boasts a luxurious three-hour runtime.
Continuity: Warner Bros. also announced at its CinemaCon presentation to theater owners that the film’s director Matt Reeves would also return for the sequel; still from The Batman
Mum’s the word: Reeves, 56, spoke at the presentation and confirmed he would again be writing and directing the sequel, though he didn’t share any plot details
Critics didn’t seem to mind, though, and the film currently boasts an impressive 85 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The thriller shows Batman in his second year of crime fighting, when he’s still relatively unexperienced.
Zoë Kravitz appeared in the film as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, while Paul Dano starred as The Riddler and Colin Farrell appeared unrecognizable under prosthetics as the Penguin.
The impressive cast also featured Jeffrey Wright as Batman’s police liaison James Gordon, while Andy Serkis played his loyal butler Alfred and John Turturro appeared as the gangster Carmine Falcone.
The Batman soared at the box office and has so far taken in $139 million domestically, with a global total of $759 million.
Taking their time: Fans may have to wait until April of 2023 for more information about The Batman 2, as Reeves said future details would be presented ‘in a CinemaCon to come,’ according to IGN; Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz seen in The Batman
Success story: The Batman has become the highest-grossing film of 2022 so far; Pattinson with Jeffrey Wright in The Batman
That makes it the highest-grossing film of the year so far, and it also earned the distinction of being the first film since Spider-Man: No Way Home to gross over $100 million in a single weekend, according to Variety.
Warner Bros. had previously released high-profile films like Dune and The Matrix: Resurrections simultaneously in theaters and on its streaming platform HBO Max, but The Batman was the first film since the start of the pandemic-era policy to get an exclusive theatrical release.
Box office analysts had theorized that the availability online of action films with plenty of spectacle may have dissuaded people from going to see them in theaters.
The Batman was recently released on HBO Max and proved to be a hit on the service, garnering views from 4.1 million households, according to Deadline.
Despite having spent several weeks exclusively in theaters, the Pattinson-starring film had better viewership figures than the Matrix sequel, Dune or other Warner Bros. films that were released in theaters and online, including Suicide Squad and the critical disappointment Wonder Woman 1984.
Changing it up: The film was released exclusively in theaters, unlike recent WB releases that appeared in theaters and simultaneously on HBO Max; still from The Batman