With several movies and TV shows on the way, Batman remains DC’s flagship hero. From comic books to movie ticket sales, Batman has proven more than once to be a guaranteed profit intellectual property. As the future of the DCEU slowly takes shape, and Warner Bros. The Discovery merger rethinks priorities, one thing is certain: the Dark Knight will continue to be in the spotlight. Here are all the Batman movies coming out in the future, plus movies and TV shows featuring other infamous Gothamites (like the Joker in Joker: Madness For Two).
The Batman, the first solo Batman film since Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, proved there were still caped crusader stories to tell despite countless reboots. At the same time as Robert Pattinson’s Batman shows his mettle to the public, Ben Affleck’s version of the Dark Knight currently continues to be the DCEU’s Batman, but Michael Keaton’s Batman returns in The Flash. Batgirl would also have featured Keaton’s Wayne, but given his sudden post-production scrapping by WB Discovery, that’s no longer a prospect.
Batman is a seminal movie character through and through, but the characters’ impact on pop culture goes far beyond the silver screen. Between theatrical releases, live TV shows, and animated series, options abound for where audiences can see Batman or his universe in the coming years. Here’s a breakdown of every Batman movie and TV show in development.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
The next three Batman appearances aren’t in the Batman movies – and they’re not all the same Batman. Batman’s next appearance in the DCEU, played by Ben Affleck, will be in Aquaman 2. The release date for Aquaman and the Lost Realm is March 17, 2023, and Ben Affleck’s Batman (Batfleck, as fans call it) will star in the film. While there’s been plenty of news about the controversial and delayed Aquaman sequel, news of Affleck’s involvement came relatively late in the film’s production, not having been revealed until 2022. he extent of Batman’s role in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is unknown. This could be just a cameo, or Batman could be very important to the plot of Aquaman 2. All that is known is that he’s definitely in it, and he’s played by Ben Affleck.
As strange as it may seem, The Flash can be considered an upcoming Batman-related project. In fact, the film will feature not just one but two versions of Batman, Ben Affleck’s and Michael Keaton’s, thanks to the possibilities of DC’s multiverse. Although it’s the very first live-action Flash solo film, The Flash is shaping up to be an event film that will see many important DC characters such as Supergirl and General Zod from Man of Steel. In addition to providing a good Flash story that also meets the current needs of the DCEU canon, The Flash is also on a mission to provide a send-off to Ben Affleck’s Batman and set up Michael Keaton’s next role in the DCEU. Michael Keaton was meant to be the Batman framing Batgirl in the Batgirl movie – and somewhere in an editing room he still is, but audiences will never see the movie again. Batman’s future in the DCEU will therefore begin in The Flash. Fans won’t have long to wait to see that either, as the Flash movie’s release date is set for June 23, 2023.
Joker: Madness for two
Joker: Folie à Deux is set to release on October 4, 2024, heralding the return of Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar winner Arthur Fleck. Although Joker is the perfect example of a standalone Elseworlds DC movie, the film’s financial success would naturally call for a sequel. Joker director Todd Phillips has announced that the Joker sequel is official in 2021 and titled Joker: Madness for Two, and Lady Gaga will play Harley Quinn in a role that should show off her theatrical credentials. It’s also been reported that Joker 2 will be a musical (via The Hollywood Reporter), which would make sense given Gaga’s involvement. Since a young Bruce Wayne was in Joker, another encounter between Batman and Arthur Fleck might be possible depending on how long after the Joker sequel is set.
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Even before The Batman premiered, possible spinoffs for HBO Max were already being discussed. Initially, it was announced that a Gotham PD show was going to be produced for the streaming platform, but, after the departure of original showrunner Terence Winter, the Batman spin-off show turned into an Arkham Asylum project. While no release date has yet been announced, Matt Reeves revealed that the series will delve into the horror aspects of what a place like Arkham might look like when the events of The Batman come out. Based on that description, and given the deleted Joker scene from The Batman, the Arkham spin-off might be where audiences get their best look at Barry Keoghan’s Joker.
In addition to the Arkham Asylum show, a Penguin spin-off series is also in development for HBO Max. In fact, things seem to have worked out faster for The Penguin, as there is already an official press release confirming Colin Farrell’s return. It’s still unclear if The Penguin will take place before or after the events of The Batman.
The Batman mythos continues to be explored on television as a Gotham Knights TV show is coming to The CW for the 2022-23 season. Unlike the upcoming game of the same name, Gotham Knights won’t focus on big names like Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood but rather a mix of original characters and lesser-known Gotham heroes like Stephanie Brown and Harper Row. The story follows Batman’s adopted son teaming up with other Batman sidekicks and proteges to investigate Batman’s murder. Gotham Knights’ release date is set for 2023, but that could change given the current uncertainty at The CW.
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Batman: Crusader Caped
Batman: The Animated Series may be long over, but the series has a spiritual successor in Batman: Caped Crusader. The new DC animated production is being developed for HBO Max and Cartoon Network by Batman: TAS creator Bruce Timm, JJ Abrams and The Batman director Matt Reeves. Batman: Caped Crusader, the first animated single-player Batman TV show since Beware The Batman, will initially feature ten episodes.
After the success of The Batman both between critics and at the box office, a sequel to Matt Reeves’ Batman reboot was a no-brainer. While a release date has yet to be announced, The Batman 2 is happening with director Matt Reeves and startup Robert Pattinson set to return. Story details are still unknown, but there are plenty of options as to where Reeves can take his Batman next. The ending of The Batman, for example, sets up a new version of the Joker locked away in Arkham Asylum and a possible adaptation of No Man’s Land with Batman’s rogues gallery taking over a fallen Gotham. Of all the upcoming Batman releases, this is the only one that’s a Batman solo movie and it’s naturally also one of the most anticipated.
Why Batgirl Isn’t Happening
Batgirl was oddly absent from San Diego Comic-Con 2022 given its scheduled release date the same year, and it soon became clear why: it’s not coming out. Originally slated exclusively for streaming on HBO’s platform, the film which would have featured Leslie Grace’s Barbara Gordon has been canned (albeit finished) as part of Discovery’s acquisition WB and HBO Max. . The CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav told Variety that “we’re not going to release a movie unless we believe it,” suggesting that “done” isn’t quite the same as “ready to release.” in this case. However, Discovery is also moving HBO Max more extensively towards unscripted programming and event footage, a move that saw Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt shelved indefinitely with hints of more carnage to come. It’s unclear how the DCEU will reframe after losing an entire movie that reintroduced a classic Batman to the DCEU. In the age of multiverses, deleting one movie means making significant edits to others. A #ReleaseTheSnyderCut style campaign might resurrect it in the future. For now, however, Batgirl’s tenure is over.
- Black Adam (2022)Release date: October 21, 2022
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2022)Release date: December 21, 2022
- Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023)Release date: March 17, 2023
- The Flash (2023)Release date: Jun 23, 2023
- Blue Beetle (2023)Release date: Aug 18, 2023
- Joker: Folie A Deux (2024)Release Date: Oct 04, 2024