Every Batman Movie & TV Show In Development | Screen Rant

Every Batman Movie & TV Show In Development | Screen Rant

With several movies and TV shows on the way, Batman remains DC’s flagship hero. Whether it is in comic books or movie ticket sales, Batman has proven more than once that he is a guaranteed profit IP. As the future of the DCEU slowly takes form, and Warner Bros.’ Discovery merger rethinks priorities, one thing is for sure: the Dark Knight will continue to be in the spotlight.

The Batman, the first solo Batman film since Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, proved that there are still caped crusader stories to be told despite the countless reboots. At the same time that Robert Pattinson’s Batman shows its strengths to the audiences, Ben Affleck’s version of the Dark Knight currently continues to be part of the DCEU. However, things might start to change as Michael Keaton’s Batman returns in The Flash.

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Batman is essentially a movie star, but the characters’ impact on pop culture goes far beyond the big screen. Between theatrical releases, live-action TV shows, and animated series, options abound for where audiences can see Batman or his universe in the next few years. Here is a breakdown of every Batman movie and TV show in development.

As strange as it sounds, The Flash can be considered an upcoming Batman-related project. In fact, the film will feature not only one but two versions of Batman, Ben Affleck’s and Michael Keaton’s, thanks to the possibilities of DC’s multiverse. Despite being the very first live-action Flash solo movie, The Flash is shaping up to be an event-type of film that will see many important DC characters such as Supergirl and Man of Steel‘s General Zod. On top of delivering a good Flash story that also serves the current needs of the DCEU canon, The Flash also has the mission of providing a send-off for Ben Affleck’s Batman and setting up Michael Keaton’s future role in the DCEU. Affleck has mentioned that he is no longer interested in working with IPs, and Michael Keaton is confirmed to be staying in the DCEU as he will be the Batman who mentors Batgirl in the Batgirl movie. Therefore, Batman’s future in the DCEU starts in The Flash.

While Warner Bros.’s new management is pushing for more DC content on the big screen, the Batgirl movie currently remains as an HBO Max release only. Batgirl is being helmed by Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, and it will bring Leslie Grace as DCEU’s Barbara Gordon. Curiously, it will not be Ben Affleck’s Batman who trains Batgirl, despite Commissioner Gordon being played by J.K. Simmons, who acted along with Affleck in Justice League. Instead, somehow Michael Keaton’s Batman will be integrated into the DCEU timeline as if he has always been Batman in that universe, at least according to set pictures that show Keaton working with a young Commissioner Gordon in a flashback scene. Although Batgirl was initially expected to come out in late 2022, the fact that The Flash was delayed to 2023 means that Batgirl will also have to move, as Michael Keaton’s Batman must appear in The Flash first.

After the success of The Batman both between critics and at the box office, a sequel to Matt Reeves’ Batman reboot was a given. While a release date has not been announced yet, The Batman 2 is happening with director Matt Reeves and start Robert Pattinson set to return. Story details are still not known, but there is no shortage of options as to where Reeves can take his Batman next. The end of The Batman, for example, sets up a new version of the Joker being locked up in Arkham Asylum as well as a possible No Man’s Land adaptation with Batman’s rogues’ gallery taking over a fallen Gotham.

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Despite Joker being the perfect example of a standalone Elseworlds DC movie, the financial success of the film would naturally call for a sequel. In November 2019, THR reported that a Joker sequel was in the works. Two years later, THR also reported that Todd Phillips was returning to write Joker 2. Although neither Todd Phillips nor Joaquin Phoenix ever disregarded the possibility of making a Joker sequel, Joker 2 has yet to be officially announced by Warner Bros.

Even before The Batman premiered, possible spin-offs for HBO Max were already being discussed. Initially, it was announced that a Gotham P.D show was going to be produced for the streaming platform, but, following the departure of the original showrunner Terence Winter, the Batman spin-off show turned into an Arkham Asylum project. While no release date has been announced yet, Matt Reeves has revealed that the show will lean into the horror aspects of what a place like Arkham could be coming out of The Batman‘s events. By that description, and considering The Batman‘s deleted Joker scene, the Arkham spin-off could be where audiences get a better look at Barry Keoghan’s Joker.

On top of the Arkham Asylum show, there is also a Penguin spin-off series being developed for HBO Max. In fact, things seem to have been working out quicker for The Penguin as there is already an official press release that confirms the return of Colin Farrell. It is still not clear whether The Penguin will take place before or after the events of The Batman.

Batman’s mythos continues to be explored on TV as a Gotham Knights TV show will arrive on the CW for the 2022-2023 season. Unlike the upcoming game of the same name, Gotham Knights will not focus on big names like Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood but rather on a mixture of original characters and lesser-known Gotham heroes such as Stephanie Brown and Harper Row. The story follows Batman’s adopted son teaming up with other Batman sidekicks and protégés to investigate the murder of Batman.

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Batman: The Animated Series may have ended a long time ago, but the show has a spiritual successor in Batman: Caped Crusader. The animated production is being developed for HBO Max and Cartoon Network by Batman: TAS‘ creator Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and The Batman‘s director Matt Reeves. Batman: Caped Crusader, the first Batman animated solo TV show since Beware The Batman, will initially have ten episodes.

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Between theatrical releases, live-action TV shows, and animated series, options abound for where audiences can see Batman in the next few years.

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