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Batman 2 gets a release date as the DCU reveals Batman's bigger plan

Batman 2 gets a release date as the DCU reveals Batman’s bigger plan

Matt Reeves’ sequel to The Batman, now titled Batman – Part II, has an official release date. The highly anticipated follow-up to Robert Pattinson’s drowning role in the Caped Crusader will be released on October 3, 2025.

This announcement was part of the unveiling of Warner Bros.’s plan. Discovery’s broader take on the new DC Universe and its various side projects, more than one of which features Batman. In addition to announcing the release date, DCU architects James Gunn and Peter Safran have also confirmed that Batman will be a trilogy.

Matt is working on it [The Batman – Part II], which he believes is the Batman crime saga, which also includes the Penguin TV series,” Gunn explained. And that’s his thing and he works really hard on it. He came and did some really cool and wonderful things for us that day. So our plan is for that to continue.”

Safran added, “Batman is not the stepson. I mean, it’s all under DC’s management.” “We are fully invested in the success of Batman, just like everything else.”

Reeves has reportedly been interested in turning The Batman into a trilogy since at least 2019, having previously discussed his ideas for a full Batman arc. Earlier this month, it was confirmed that the films are separate from Gunn and Safran’s new DCU.

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Brave and daring

So what would their own version of Batman look like? According to Gunn and Safran, the DCU Batman will be based on Grant Morrison’s series with the series, which featured Batman’s son Damian Wayne as an assassin’s apprentice trained by the League of Assassins.

“This is the prequel to Batman from the DCU,” John said. “It’s not Robert Pattinson. It’s not Ben Affleck.” “[T]His story is that of Damian Wayne, the actual son of Batman, who we didn’t even know existed for the first eight to 10 years of his life. He was raised as a murderer and a petty killer. He is the young son of a prostitute. It’s my favorite Robin. It’s based on the Grant Morrison comic book series, which is one of my favorite Batman shows. And we’re putting it all together now.”

“Obviously, this is a feature film, and it will feature other members of the extended Bat family,” Safran continued. “Just because we feel like they’ve been left out of the theater’s Batman stories for far too long.”

The Brave and the Bold is a comic book series that traces its roots back to the mid-1950s and has historically been a syndicated book featuring Batman. Meanwhile, Grant Morrison’s Batman and Son came out in 2006, and has been described as one of the most important stories in recent Batman history.

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A broader roadmap for the DCU

It’s all part of a broader roadmap for the new DCU, which will debut five new movies and five TV series for a total of 10 projects. Titled Gods and Monsters, Safran said in a prepared statement that it will tell “cohesive stories that highlight the love, compassion, and innate goodness of the human spirit.” It includes new stories featuring Superman, Swamp Thing, and more.

For The Batman, Reeves’ project has been one of DC’s major creative bright spots, garnering very positive reviews from fans and critics alike. Gunn, Safran, and Reeves will look to maintain the momentum generated by last year’s release, squeezing releases so they don’t overlap each other.

The process will begin with The Flash, which will seek to hit the reset button on the DCU mode controller. Then, it will lead Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom into Superman: Legacy, which is when the DCU will really start in earnest.

DC’s next release is Shazam: Fury of the Gods on March 17th, with The Flash following on June 16th. You can find more information on everything that was announced during Gunn and Safran’s press conference here.

Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN as well as a co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Do you have advice? Send her a direct message at the_katbot.