THE BATMAN - PART II Gets A Promising Production Update From Alfred Actor Andy Serkis

THE BATMAN - PART II Gets A Promising Production Update From Alfred Actor Andy Serkis

Despite rumors that The Batman - Part II might be delayed (or even cancelled altogether), star Andy Serkis (Alfred) has now shared a positive update on the sequel's production...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 25, 2024 11:06 AM EST
Filed Under: The Batman

It's been a while since we had any official word of Matt Reeves' plans for his sequel to The Batman, and the lack of updates following the announcement that James Gunn and Peter Safran would be heading up a new DCU led to speculation that the movie may have been delayed yet again or possibly even shelved altogether.

Gunn has always assured fans that this was not the case, and one of the actors involved with the film has now shared a positive production update.

According to Andy Serkis (Alfred Pennyworth), cameras are set to start rolling early next year.

“Well, there is a huge arc which you’ve got – nah, I’m not giving away anything,” Serkis said during an appearance at ACE Superhero Comic Con 2024. "Basically, I know nothing about the movie other than that I’ve just found out that we’re probably likely to be starting filming early next year. Therefore, if you do the math, it’ll be a year and a half after that.”

“I know that Matt [Reeves] is working really hard on the script," he continued. "Matt Reeves being Matt Reeves, the extraordinary filmmaker that he is, I can only assume that it’s going to be another brilliant script, because I thought what he did with that first film was pretty amazing. I loved working with Rob Pattinson, and I really look forward to playing Alfred once more.”

While it's obviously great to hear that The Batman - Part II is still on track, fans were hoping that production would get underway before the end of the year (rumors pointed to December), but it seems it's going to be well into 2026 before we get to see the sequel.

Everyone from the first film (who survived) is expected to return, along with some characters from the Penguin Max series, and we have heard rumors that both Dr. Tommy Elliot/Hush and Dick Grayson/Robin might also be introduced.

If you've seen The Batman, you'll likely have noticed that the groundwork is actually laid for the introduction of Hush. At one point, The Riddler exposes some dark secrets, revealing that Thomas Wayne played a part in the death of a journalist named Edward Elliot. While this could just be a coincidence, the word "hush" even flashes up on the screen at one point.

This was probably just a little Easter egg for fans at the time, but that doesn't mean Reeves couldn't have decided to go with Hush as the main antagonist of The Batman - Part II since.

Here's what the filmmaker had to say about the character when asked which villains he'd most like to explore in a potential sequel back in 2022.

"There are so many, and, I dunno... I think Hush is a really interesting one to do. I'll say Hush. But that doesn't mean that the next one will be Hush!"

As for Robin, several different sources have now reported that Grayson will debut in the sequel, so we'd say there is likely something to it. Details are few and far between, but we have heard that this latest take on The Boy Wonder will be a teenager (possibly as young as thirteen).

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 down 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.

Specific plot details are still under wraps, but we know the Penguin spin-off series will set up the story. 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.

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IAmAHoot - 6/25/2024, 12:01 PM
Reeves was in no strict position where he had to rush this one.
TheVisionary25 - 6/25/2024, 12:08 PM

I enjoyed his take on Alfred and the somewhat strained relationship that gets a bit better by the end he had with Pattinson’s Bruce…

Hopefully he has a bigger role in the sequel which I’m looking forward to as someone who liked the first one alot!!.

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bkmeijer1 - 6/25/2024, 6:03 PM
@TheVisionary25 - I like his Alfred too. Could see Andy Serkis beat up thugs too, which is a set piece I can actually see them do with Alfred in the hospital
YouFlopped - 6/25/2024, 12:26 PM
hit movies usually don’t get this type of treatment 😂
CoHost - 6/25/2024, 12:36 PM
People will have lost interest in this by the time it comes out.
roboticJohnson - 6/25/2024, 1:48 PM
@CoHost - it isn't necessarily true, lots of sequels have been made long after the previous movie in a franchise and managed to be successful, like top gun maverick or avatar 2 most recently. Even the dark knight returns came out 4 years after the dark knight and people still went to see it, plus we have the penguin tv series to watch between movies
roboticJohnson - 6/25/2024, 1:49 PM
@roboticJohnson - the dark knight rises* sorry, got confused
HistoryofMatt - 6/25/2024, 2:13 PM
@CoHost - How did that work out for Avatar 2?
MotherGooseUPus - 6/25/2024, 12:38 PM
I Can't wait for this movie. i know some who hate it but i loved it. I trust Matt Reeves to make an excellent followup and hope he gets to make his trilogy
McMurdo - 6/25/2024, 1:10 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - he was a bad detective in the last one. Fix that and I'm on board.
DocSpock - 6/25/2024, 12:49 PM

I liked the first movie, and I certainly hope the next one improves on it.

But one thing still makes me laugh. Pattinson didn't want to be part of a full DCU universe with Justice League, Superman, and all of those other characters, because as he said, he didn't want to be tied down to the character for a decade.

By the time a trilogy is finished, he will have been tied to it for a decade at its current pace.

Regardless of success that the other Gunn DCU movies may have, this 2 different Batmans(Batmen?) at the same time thing is going to bite them in the a$$. It is a BAD idea.
McMurdo - 6/25/2024, 1:11 PM
@DocSpock - it's a bad idea until it's not. If the film is won't matter.
DocSpock - 6/25/2024, 1:52 PM
@McMurdo -

Generally true. But 2 different Batman movies with different leads have to be great at the same time. That will be tough to do.

I hope they achieve that of course. Gimme a BRUTAL Batman. Alan Richson?
clintthahamster - 6/25/2024, 1:18 PM
"this 2 different Batmans(Batmen?) at the same time thing is going to bite them in the a$$. It is a BAD idea."

Definitely possible, but there's already been three Batmans and three Jokers in less than 20 years. I think rank and file filmgoers give less of a shit about this than one would think.

Still, wouldn't hurt to through a little "Elseworlds" prologue up, like the Star Wars crawl. They put this at the front of all the Elseworlds comics:

In Elseworlds, heroes are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places—some that have existed, or might have existed, and others that can't, couldn't or shouldn't exist. The result: stories that make characters who are as familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow.

So, you know, something like that, but better.
TheVisionary25 - 6/25/2024, 1:52 PM
@clintthahamster - that would be cool though I guess they should put that up for all the movies or projects since that I feel applies to all of them.
ObserverIO - 6/25/2024, 2:02 PM
@clintthahamster - I'm surprised we haven't seen that on the Penguin trailers. Maybe they haven't decided whether it's definitely Elseworlds or not yet.
JustAWaffle - 6/25/2024, 1:41 PM
I like that Reeves has had a ton of creative wiggle room. It gives a lot more space to chip away in the writing room. But as a fan I’m bummed we have to wait this long.

HistoryofMatt - 6/25/2024, 2:12 PM
It's still weird to me that all of this is happening while the DCU Batman is happening. I know there was a long four year wait between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, but the wait between The Batman and The Batman, Part II could be as long as 5 years, and that's just release date. It actually was supposed to be released in 2021 but was moved to 2022 because of he pandemic. That cameras haven't even started to roll on this movie is worrisome.
Forthas - 6/25/2024, 2:55 PM excited as it is on the heels of yet ANOTHER Batman reboot. Way to erode the brand Warner Brothers Discovery. At this rate by next year Batman's popularity will be as low as Blue Beetle.
S8R8M - 6/25/2024, 4:06 PM
I hope Reeves learnt a lot from part 1 and not making it so long-winded and boring.
Deadinside - 6/26/2024, 10:56 AM
@S8R8M - Even though I liked the first one I'm hoping the action picks up in part 2...!☮️🤞
S8R8M - 6/26/2024, 12:08 PM
@Deadinside - Yeah I agree. The movie is great if you can't sleep haha.
sully - 6/26/2024, 2:24 AM
No movies have been slow-walked more than these Batman movies have. The time between the release of The Batman and it's sequel(s) is straight up embarrassing. We won't have the third film until nearly 2030-2031. Big yikes.

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