Given the huge box office success and largely positive critical reaction to The Batman, it should come as a shock to exactly no one that Warner Bros. is looking to keep the Bat-train chugging. Co-writer/director Matt Reeves showed up to the studio's CinemaCon presentation on Tuesday afternoon to announce the sequel.
Reeves, who will be back writing and directing again, offered up no details besides the return of Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader.
With more than $759 million in the bank globally and high viewership on HBO Max in the US, The Batman has been one of the biggest cinematic success stories as cinema attendance has begun to slowly recover following shutdowns during the height of the pandemic.
The movie starred Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman alongside the likes of Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis and Colin Farrell, whose Oswald "Oz" Cobblepot, AKA The Penguin, is the focus of one of the spin-off TV series being developed off the back of the first movie.
Warners has yet to indicate when the sequel might hit cinemas, but we can't see it happening much before 2024 at the earliest.
The Batman wasn't the only Caped Crusader being hyped at the event – a brief, unfinished trailer for The Flash was shown, the highlight of which was Michael Keaton as his own version of Bruce Wayne. Clad in suit (but not cowl), he responds to whether he's in on a plan to save the multiverse alongside Ezra Miller's title character with a classic line from 1989's Batman: "You wanna get nuts? Let's get nuts..." Everyone will be able to get nuts in June 2023 when the movie arrives.