DC Studios Co-CEO James Gunn Sets The Record Straight On Rumors THE BATMAN Franchise Is Being Scrapped

DC Studios Co-CEO James Gunn Sets The Record Straight On Rumors THE BATMAN Franchise Is Being Scrapped

Following rumours that DC Studios plans to scrap The Batman franchise ahead of The Brave and The Bold's release, James Gunn has set the record straight about these nonsense claims once and for all...

By JoshWilding - Jun 12, 2024 07:06 AM EST
Filed Under: The Batman

A couple of months ago, The Batman II's release date was pushed back by a whole year, raising more questions about how the "Elseworlds" movie will fit into DC Studios' wider plans for the DCU. 

While James Gunn has said out-of-continuity projects will continue to be made, it's still strange to think that The Batman sequel is going to compete with The Brave and the Bold, a Batman and Robin-led project featuring the DCU's new Dark Knight (who will replace Ben Affleck and, as of The Flash, Michael Keaton as well). 

There's no reason why two versions of Bruce Wayne can't coexist on screen at the same time, of course, though comparisons will be inevitable and the pressure is going to be on Andy Muschietti to deliver a movie that's as good, if not better, than what Matt Reeves did with The Batman in 2022.

Earlier this week, Gunn debunked a pretty exciting rumour about The Batman II and The Batman III being shot back-to-back. For some reason, many fans continue to argue that the Superman helmer plans to scrap the franchise (which is supposedly why Reeves' Arkham-set series is now linked to the DCU). 

Responding to a fan who asked about just that on social media, Gunn made it clear: Reeves' plans for The Batman franchise have not been cancelled. 

Recently, a website claimed Gunn has no power over The Batman II. To that, he said, "Bullshit. All new DC films are under DC Studios." That makes sense, though it did lead to some concerns about potential creative differences given Reeves' very specific vision for the character.

At this stage, we don't know what sort of studio boss Gunn is going to be and exactly how much freedom he'll give to creatives who make DC projects which aren't going to fall under the "DCU" umbrella. However, as a filmmaker himself, it still feels like Gunn is the right man for this job.

Robert Pattinson will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne in the next movie, though in terms of plot details, we know next to nothing. Two-Face has been rumoured to appear, though the stage has also been set for Barry Keoghan to return as The Joker.

The Batman II is scheduled to arrive in theaters on October 2, 2026.

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DeadClunge
DeadClunge - 6/12/2024, 7:09 AM
'Of course not. 🙄'

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FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 6/12/2024, 8:12 AM
@DeadClunge - He wishes he could end it so badly 😂
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/12/2024, 8:25 AM
@FireandBlood - when the next time you’ll talk to him? I’d love it if you could ask him a question for me.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 6/12/2024, 8:27 AM
@philinterrupted - What’s that?
DeadClunge
DeadClunge - 6/12/2024, 8:43 AM
@FireandBlood - the Batman still being a thing is defo keeping him up at night 😅
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/12/2024, 8:55 AM
@FireandBlood - just ask him how a guy on an obscure 3rd hand comic book news website’s comment section can become such good friends with the head of a major studio.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 6/12/2024, 9:09 AM
@philinterrupted - He told me to tell you all his best friends are guys on obscure third party CBM sites
Deadinside
Deadinside - 6/12/2024, 12:12 PM
@FireandBlood -
"FOJG"
Friends Of Jimmy G
☮️👍
McMurdo
McMurdo - 6/12/2024, 2:06 PM
@FireandBlood - you're making stuff up in your head again here.
KennKathleen
KennKathleen - 6/12/2024, 4:28 PM
@FireandBlood - I would go full throttle. Batman has had Detective Comics & the Batman running for decades.

It seems like "The Batman" (ironically) took the more Detective Comics noir/slow burn approach.

Here's hoping that Brave & the Bold folds more into more sci-fi/ action side of the game. I'm excited to see it through
... for now.
SuperCat
SuperCat - 6/12/2024, 7:18 AM
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Matador
Matador - 6/12/2024, 7:47 AM
@SuperCat - LOL Perfection!

Still your Wonder Woman & X-Men was still one of my favorite ones.
MotherGooseUPus
MotherGooseUPus - 6/12/2024, 8:09 AM
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this Has to be one of my most recent favs lol. Great work
SuperCat
SuperCat - 6/12/2024, 8:52 AM
@MotherGooseUPus - Thanks :D >>>>>>>>>>>
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/12/2024, 8:58 AM
@SuperCat - haha excellent as usual.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 6/12/2024, 7:22 AM
Good!!.

It’s been a ridiculous rumor to me since not only is Gunn is a filmmaker himself who most likely wouldn’t interfere in the creative vision of another but also the first movie made money so unless Zaslav or someone else higher up pulls another moronic move , that franchise isn’t going anywhere until Reeves says so.

Also in regards to the Arkham show now being developed for the DCU…

Let’s remember Pattinson’s Batman is still early in his career and hasn’t really developed a rogues gallery yet while the DCU Batman seems like he will be somewhat established so he would likely have one to an extent so it makes sense to do that series there imo.

Anyway , looking forward to the Batman 2 and other stories in Reeve’s Batverse!!.

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bobevanz
bobevanz - 6/12/2024, 7:23 AM
"Recently, a website claimed Gunn has no power over The Batman" what website? Who said it? JOSH YOU'RE A JOKE
TrentCrimm
TrentCrimm - 6/12/2024, 7:43 AM
@bobevanz -

"Still, The Batman was a hit for Warner Bros. in 2022 (it earned over $770 million) and they're the ones who have the final say, not DC Studios."
- Josh Wilding, comicbookmovie.com, June 10th 2024.
https://comicbookmovie.com/batman/the-batman/the-batman-2-reportedly-begins-shooting-next-yearback-to-back-with-the-batman-3-a211406#gs.a6an9o

And this entire paragraph:
"A couple of months ago, The Batman II's release date was pushed back by a whole year, raising more questions about how the "Elseworlds" movie will fit into DC Studios' wider plans for the DCU.
While James Gunn has said out-of-continuity projects will continue to be made, it's still strange to think that The Batman sequel is going to compete with The Brave and the Bold, a Batman and Robin-led project featuring the DCU's new Dark Knight (who will replace Ben Affleck and, as of The Flash, Michael Keaton as well). "

Is just copy and pasted from that other article as well.
Wilding truly deserves some kind of award for his journalistic prowess.
This man is truly a journalistic wonder.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/12/2024, 2:55 PM
@TrentCrimm - Warner Bros have no more say at all after Joker 2.
Matchesz
Matchesz - 6/12/2024, 7:31 AM
Yes the only movies I look forward to now, just cancel it already

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lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 6/12/2024, 8:00 AM
@Matchesz - I'd be fine if The Batman franchise was cancelled. It's fine if they keep it going and it's fine if they don't.
Matchesz
Matchesz - 6/12/2024, 9:02 AM
@lazlodaytona - i just want a grounded batman story that continues and doesn't end abruptly. I’d have been fine if Bale kept going but hollywood is like a kid playing with legos, they’re always gonna destroy it just to try and rebuild it the same but it never is.
Origame
Origame - 6/12/2024, 7:45 AM
...who made those rumors? We literally have the penguin show coming out in September.
Matador
Matador - 6/12/2024, 7:50 AM
Haven't watched Twilight Batman yet just seems like rehash.
Se4M4NSt4ine
Se4M4NSt4ine - 6/12/2024, 8:09 AM
@Matador - how can you call something you haven’t watched yet, a rehash?
Matador
Matador - 6/12/2024, 8:14 AM
@Se4M4NSt4ine - Trailer and read what it was about no reason to waste time watching it seen every Batman movie to date sounds like a mish mash.
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 6/12/2024, 8:15 AM
@Matador - You are !00% correct.
On top of that, their main bad guy, The Ridler, wasn't even near as good as the dude who played The Ridler in the GOTHAM tv series ...
When that happens, you know there's problems with the film.
Matador
Matador - 6/12/2024, 8:17 AM
@lazlodaytona - Saw that he wore duct tape to cover his face and seen that character in Call Of Duty Warzone.

Now what I would have watched was watching him peel the duct tape of his face that would be straight Jack Ass episode.
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/12/2024, 8:29 AM
@Matador - do they should stop making Batman movies all together then? By your definition of a rehash, every Batman story would be one.

But you haven’t seen this one so you really can’t make a critique on the film, only other people’s interpretations and trailers.
Matador
Matador - 6/12/2024, 8:36 AM
@philinterrupted - Just because I haven't watched it doesn't mean thy can't flood more Batman movies it's not like they have any fate in any other characters.

Another person's trash is another person's treasure.

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Brought to my Fetterman Productions.
HashTagSwagg
HashTagSwagg - 6/12/2024, 8:41 AM
@Matador - It's as mediocre as Spider-man homecoming, That first trailer was literally the best thing that came from it.
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