James Gunn Debunks Rumor That THE BATMAN - PART II & III Will Shoot Back-To-Back

James Gunn Debunks Rumor That THE BATMAN - PART II & III Will Shoot Back-To-Back

Earlier tonight, a rumor claimed that Matt Reeves was set to shoot The Batman - Part II next year - back-to-back with a third movie. Now, James Gunn has debunked the report...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 10, 2024 08:06 PM EST
Filed Under: The Batman

The Batman - Part II was originally supposed to be released on October 3, 2025, but as 2024 arrived with very few official updates amid potentially production-crippling strikes, speculation mounted that a delay may be inevitable, and the movie was officially pushed back almost a full year to October 2, 2026.

The lack of news over the past few months led to concern that Matt Reeves' sequel may have been cancelled altogether (not likely), but we had been assured that everything was still on track, and a very exciting rumor did the rounds today which claimed that The Batman - Part II was scheduled to begin filming next year - with Reeves shooting a third instalment back-to-back.

Given the amount of time that's been spent developing the sequel and previous comments Reeves made about expanding the "BatVerse," this seemed plausible enough, but DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn has now debunked the report via Threads.

Jeff Sneider also weighed-in, and it sounds like we might be getting some kind of official announcement regarding DC Studios' plans for this franchise before too long.

Right now, all we have to go on are rumors, and we recently heard that Logan and The Sandman actor Boyd Holbrook is in talks to play Harvey Dent/Two-Face. This could well be the case, but, again, it sounds like we're going to be waiting quite a while to find out for certain.

When the new DCU slate was announced, Gunn confirmed that Reeves' BatVerse will remain separate from the DCU, so this movie, along with Todd Phillips' Joker sequel, will be considered "Elseworlds" tales.

A new actor will don the cape and cowl for Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which will also feature a different take on Robin - The Caped Crusader's son, Damian Wayne.

Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Andy Serkis, Jeffrey Wright, and Colin Farrell are all expected to reprise their respective roles, and characters introduced in the Penguin Max spin-off series are also likely to appear. As far as official info goes, Reeves has stated that his sequel will continue this "epic crime saga," but that's about all we have to go on.

One rumor did claim that the story will be at least partially based on Geoff Johns' Batman: Earth One. Of course, the first film took a certain amount of inspiration from Vol. 1, so we assume the sequel would be more influenced by Volumes 2 and 3.

For those unfamiliar with the comic, Earth One takes place in the alternate continuity and features an updated and more realistic reinterpretation of the classic Batman origin and characters. Hush does not appear, but the later volumes do feature Clayface, Scarecrow, and a female take on Two-Face in Harvey Dent's twin sister Jessica.

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Malatrova15 - 6/10/2024, 8:09 PM
He is a debunker!!! James Gunn wakes up dressed as a catholic priest and screams ...I MUDT DEBOOOOOOONK!!!!
Kadara - 6/10/2024, 8:16 PM
@Malatrova15 - I don't know how much I would trust it if it came from a priest.
Feralwookiee - 6/10/2024, 8:43 PM
@Malatrova15 - PLEASE BE CIVIL!

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Ok, it's slightly true.
Malatrova15 - 6/10/2024, 8:54 PM
@Feralwookiee - delete this please...we agree to never bring this up again ..Gunn made funny baby dancing tree and quirky pissmaker
Delete this
Feralwookiee - 6/10/2024, 9:06 PM
@Malatrova15 - I'm sorry fren.
The internet is forever.

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Malatrova15 - 6/10/2024, 9:14 PM
@Feralwookiee - he won the nickelodeon award for best groomy party
Please civility is to be enforced
Feralwookiee - 6/10/2024, 9:25 PM
@Malatrova15 - As stated in our Community Guidelines, my comments have been civil and MATURE...unlike Gunn's "partners".
Malatrova15 - 6/10/2024, 9:31 PM
@Feralwookiee - the Justin Rpilan gerbil rumour was bs ..please stop this
harryba11zack - 6/10/2024, 8:10 PM
I knew this, I just didn't feel like telling anyone
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HeraldNumber7 - 6/10/2024, 11:27 PM
@harryba11zack -

McMurdo - 6/11/2024, 12:33 AM
@harryba11zack - hahaha I called this. Reeves Cannot even crack part 2's story.
Malatrova15 - 6/10/2024, 8:11 PM
Imagine Gunn deboonking on you as you lie on your knees dressed as that Harcourt girl
Origame - 6/10/2024, 8:11 PM
Ok but why didn't you post the actual tweet instead of this image that included it? Making things needlessly difficult for the mobile users.
ComicBookPsycho - 6/11/2024, 12:52 AM
@Origame - Because it's an Instagram comment.
Origame - 6/11/2024, 6:05 AM
@ComicBookPsycho - ...an Instagram comment with an actual tweet in it.
HashTagSwagg - 6/10/2024, 8:12 PM
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Top Gunn
Kadara - 6/10/2024, 8:12 PM
Who reported that rumor on this site, I forget the name, Ending... something. Just hit after hit with that one 😂
Evansly - 6/10/2024, 8:13 PM
While that would have been cool, I would find it hard for a studio to want to commit to a third outing while movie viewership has largely been down the last few years. They likely want to make sure the second is profitable first.
lazlodaytona - 6/10/2024, 8:31 PM
@Evansly - 100% agreed bro
TheVisionary25 - 6/10/2024, 8:21 PM
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Yeah , I didn’t think this would be the case since the studio would like to see how this second part does before green lighting a third in this current B.O climate…

Also Reeves is someone who works on one thing at a time if he’s directly involved and I doubt Gunn would have him push on a third part being a creative himself unless Zaslav or someone higher up demanded it.
HermanM - 6/10/2024, 8:24 PM
Haha! I love Gunn
TK420 - 6/10/2024, 8:24 PM
I really liked Kravitz as Cat Woman.
JFerguson - 6/10/2024, 8:24 PM
The detective trilogy. I really want Battinson Batman to end up happy with Zoe Kravitz catwoman in the end, but I feel it would be too similar to the Nolan ending
RolandD - 6/10/2024, 9:38 PM
@JFerguson - Together but not retired. I doubt that will happen but at least it would be a variation. They practically got married in the comics a handful of years ago. One of the few bones that I had to pick with the Nolan films is his looking for a way out of being Batman although I still love those movies.
lazlodaytona - 6/10/2024, 8:29 PM
I'd be completely fine with them cancelling "The Batman" sequel/s.
I don't get everyone's fascination with a batman film that hardly crossed the $700 million mark. The film was bland, super-not creative, and a rehash of multiple Batman films before.

The JOKER? That's something new, sadistic, and a very cool 'else-worlds' take on the character.

The 'Batman' can rest in peace.
Batmangina - 6/10/2024, 9:11 PM
@lazlodaytona - Thank God SOMEONE ELSE thought The Batman was bloated and bland.

IMO it needed a Marcia Lucas to punch it up - I think it's revered because it wasn't Snyderverse bullshittery.

Ironically, I [frick]ing loved Batfleck and the fight scenes (sans kills) were some of Zack Snyder's most comic booky scenes.
DTor91 - 6/10/2024, 9:52 PM
@lazlodaytona - “ The JOKER? That's something new, sadistic, and a very cool 'else-worlds' take on the character.”

Something new?! Lmao!
SuperJefe - 6/10/2024, 10:43 PM
@Batmangina @lazlodaytona I didn’t like The Batman either, and man, I really tried like four times to watch it. I’ve been reading Batman comics since the 70s and very little in that movie interested me.

But I also disliked the Joker haha.
TheMetaMan - 6/11/2024, 2:22 AM
@Batmangina - ironically I loved the Batman batfleck scenes including the kills.
Batmangina - 6/11/2024, 6:58 AM
@SuperJefe - I liked the Joker just fine for what it was as I like Joaquin Phoenix - but it WAS NOT THE JOKER FROM ANY BATMAN COMICS EVER. Full stop.

I haven't watched it since it's digital release and I've probably watched John Carpenter's The Thing and They Live three times each since then...
Batmangina - 6/11/2024, 7:03 AM
@TheMetaMan - If I hadn't had decades of 'Batman doesn't kill' canon baked into my head, it would have slid right by me but I always liked the idea of Batman is completely unhinged yet thinks it's all good if he doesn't kill anyone.
SuperJefe - 6/11/2024, 10:21 AM
@Batmangina - I’m with you on unhinged but doesn’t kill. There is symmetry to Batman refusing to murder and being created by murder. Without that, he’s just a psychopath.
lazlodaytona - 6/11/2024, 10:29 AM
@Batmangina - well, I'm glad someone feels similar to what I said because I thought I'd piss a lotta people off with that statement.

Oh, and the warehouse fight is the best Batman thing ever.
lazlodaytona - 6/11/2024, 11:37 AM
@DTor91 - ok. Ur opinion differs.
Best Joker scene ever was when he kidnapped Tim Drake and turned him into a mini-Joker.
lazlodaytona - 6/11/2024, 11:39 AM
@TheMetaMan - were both with ya bro
HulkisHoly - 6/11/2024, 12:20 PM
@lazlodaytona -


The Joker is literally Taxi Driver with a different skin on top.

The Batman was fresh to me and I loved the actors they got for the roles. I just wish this Batman was part of the DCU.

I liked Joker but dude, that movie is not more original than The Batman. Sorry. 😐
Batmangina - 6/11/2024, 1:23 PM
@SuperJefe <<--- THIS GUY GETS IT
Batmangina - 6/11/2024, 1:28 PM
@lazlodaytona - Warehouse fight is [frick]ing badass. I actually liked the Josstice League opening scene aping New 52 first issue.

Except for the part where Batfleck let Fritz Von Erich get away.
AnthonyVonGeek - 6/10/2024, 8:39 PM
The first one they copied Finchers Seven so I wonder if they’ll copy Fight Club this time. 😜
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