'The Batman' returns: Robert Pattinson and Matt Reeves to team up again for sequel

Warner Bros' latest take on the superhero franchise has been a critical and commercial success

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Robert Pattinson will return as the Caped Crusader in a sequel to The Batman, currently the highest-grossing film of 2022.

Warner Bros chief Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday at CinemaCon, the annual trade show for cinema owners being held this year in Las Vegas.

“Matt Reeves, Rob Pattinson and the entire team will be taking audiences back to Gotham with The Batman 2," Emmerich said.

Reeves, who also attended the event, said he was "excited to jump back in for another chapter".

Released in March, Reeves' take on the superhero tale has been a critical and commercial success. In the film, Pattinson's Bruce Wayne is hot on the heels of sadistic killer the Riddler, played by Paul Dano. In the process, Wayne unravels his family's own tragic history.

Critics have heaped praise on Pattinson's portrayal, as well as other cast members including Zoe Kravitz, who plays Catwoman, Colin Farrell who plays the Penguin and Andy Serkis who stars as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler and mentor.

“The success of The Batman was a true team effort. We could not have gotten to this place without the theatrical experience," Reeves said at CinemaCon. "For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. As a lifelong fan of the movies, I treasure what you do. There’s a sanctuary to be found in the movies.”

In an interview with The National ahead of The Batman's release, Pattinson said the film's script "read so differently".

“Bruce is really struggling, and he’s not a comfortable person to be around, even when he’s not Batman. In all the other movies, he has complete control of the delineation of when he's Bruce in public, when he's Bruce in private, and when he's Batman. He can just change at will," he said. "Whereas in this film, he's basically Batman the whole time. In a way, he's just let Bruce disappear.”

Despite the release date being twice delayed owing to the coronavirus pandemic, The Batman has so far grossed more than $759 million at the global box office since its release in March. Two spin-off TV series are already in development for HBO Max, one focusing on Farrell's Penguin and the other on Arkham Asylum, the fictional psychiatric hospital and prison in the comic book series whose inmates often become Batman's adversaries.

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Updated: April 27, 2022, 8:07 AM