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SYFY WIRE The Batman

Here's who 'The Batman' director Matt Reeves wants to see in a potential sequel

If Robert Pattinson's Batman movie is a hit, then fans can expect more grounded takes on the Dark Knight's rogues gallery.  

By Vanessa Armstrong
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We’ve been waiting a long time to see Matt Reeves’ The Batman. And while we still have a few weeks to go, Reeves — along with actors Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz — are now sharing more about their experience working on the film.  

SYFY WIRE joined other select outlets at an early screening of The Batman, which was followed by a Q&A with Reeves, Pattinson, Kravitz, and producer Dylan Clark. The four talked about several aspects of the film, including what (and potentially who) they hope to see in future projects set in The Batman universe. 

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“What we're really trying to do is launch this world, and if the world embraces this, we have a lot of ideas for things we want to do,” Reeves said when asked about a potential Catwoman spinoff. “We're talking about a lot of things. But of course, all of it depends on this movie and it really comes down to how people receive it.”

Warner Bros. is apparently optimistic enough to have two television spinoffs already in the works: a Gotham police department series and one focused on Colin Farrell's the Penguin.

Let’s all assume, however, that The Batman is well-received and Warner Bros. is eager to expand this new version of the Dark Knight and this pocket of the DC universe (not to be confused with the existing DC Extended Universe). Under this scenario, Reeves and Pattinson gave some hints as to what they’d potentially like to explore. 

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Reeves is attracted to giving fans a more grounded version of the DC world, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t interested in exploring the origin story for some of Batman’s more outlandish rogues, like Mr. Freeze. 

“Even the idea of something like Mr. Freeze, that's such a great story, right?” Reeves said. “And I think there's actually a grounded version of that story, which could be really powerful and could be really great. So I love the fantastical side of Batman, but this iteration … I think it is very comics faithful, but I don't think that this one doesn't lean as hard into the fantastical, I guess. But I think, to me, what would be interesting would be to try and unwind the fantastical and see, ‘Well how could that make sense here?’”

Future projects also have the potential to expand the Bat family, something that Pattinson says he’s open to doing, provided that his Robin is a certain age. “He has to be 13,” he joked. “That’s the only way I’ll accept it. But no, I love that family stuff and I think it’d be so cool. And also people are so scared of it, but it's kind of exciting. I think it'd be a really fun addition.”

Reeves agreed with Pattinson about exploring the family side of Batman’s life. “The idea of being able to approach some of those stories and think, ‘How can we do this in a way that feels fresh and grounded?’” he said. “Look at the scary thing and see if there's a way to do it. And the question is, will we be too scared? But I think we should try.”

The Batman arrives in theaters March 4, 2022.