The Batman 2 release date delayed to 2026: Here’s when the movie will hit theaters  

The Batman 2 gets a new theatrical release date

Robert Pattinson in The Batman

DC fans will have to wait a little longer for The Batman 2.

What is the release date for The Batman 2?

The Batman 2, also referred to as The Batman: Part II, has been delayed for a year. It was originally scheduled to open in theaters on October 25, 2025, but according to an updated release date schedule from Warner Bros. Pictures, the highly anticipated sequel for 2022’s The Batman is now set to hit cinemas on October 2, 2026.

Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves' 2022 movie The Batman
Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ 2022 movie The Batman

Why was The Batman 2 release date delayed?

The release of The Batman 2 was delayed by a year due to setbacks in script development caused by the 2023 Hollywood strikes. These strikes, involving the Writers Guild of America, likely halted progress on the script for months. With the delay, The Batman 2 (and its separate continuity) will now premiere over a year after the launch of the new DC Universe spearheaded by James Gunn’s 2025 Superman movie.

This change in theatrical schedule raises some continuity questions for casual DC movie fans, including the big question surrounding the release date of The Brave and the Bold – the already-announced Batman and Son movie that will be part of the DCU continuity.

The long wait for The Batman 2 is somewhat expected, as director Matt Reeves indicated in 2023 that they were still in the process of writing the script for the sequel.

“I mean, I can’t give an update on [The Batman 2] in terms of specifics, except to tell you that we are hard at work on the script,” Reeves said at the time. “My partner [Mattson Tomlin] and I are deep in it and I’m excited about what we’re going to do.”

What is The Batman 2 about?

Plot details about The Batman 2 are being kept under wraps, but reported that the sequel will begin sometime after the events of the first film, with Gotham City struggling to recover from The Riddler’s terrorist attack, which left much of Gotham flooded and ruined.

As of now, there’s been no confirmation on which Batman villains will appear in The Batman 2. But director Matt Reeves and titular star Robert Pattinson previously expressed their interest in introducing the Court of Owls, Calendar Man, Mr. Freeze, or Hush as villains in the sequel.

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” Reeves said of the upcoming movie. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”

DC Studios co-head James Gunn also sounded enthusiastic about The Batman 2 when asked about the project.

“Matt is working on [The] Batman 2, which he thinks of as a Batman crime saga, which also includes The Penguin TV series,” Gunn previously said. “And it is its own thing, and he’s hard at work on that. He came in and pitched us some amazing, really cool stuff the other day. Our plan is for that to continue.”

Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/The Batman in 2022's The Batman
Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/The Batman in 2022’s The Batman

Who will star in The Batman 2?

In addition to Robert Pattinson who is confirmed to return as the titular DC character, The Batman 2 is also expected to bring back Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton / Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, and Colin Farrell as Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot / Penguin.

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