After slashing ‘Batgirl,’ one version of the Dark Knight is moving forward at Warner Bros. Discovery. The entertainment company is doubling down on ‘The Batman’ director Matt Reeves by offering him a multi-year “first look” deal for both film and television. The director’s 6th & Idaho production company will be developing new projects for the Hollywood studio.
The deal includes a sequel to ‘The Batman’ which will see ‘The Lighthouse’ actor Robert Pattinson return to the role of Bruce Wayne as well as ‘The Penguin’ spin-off show starring ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ star Colin Farrell as the titular villain.
“Making this legendary studio my home is a dream,” Reeves told Deadline in a statement. “I am so excited to be working with Mike, Pam, and Channing and our teams to bring captivating stories I am truly passionate about to the big and small screen.”
Warner Bros Pictures Group Co-Chair/CEO Michael De Luca added, “(Warner Co-CEO Pamela Abdy) and I gratefully inherited the relationship with Matt from The Batman, and through the beginning stages of planning ‘The Penguin’ series for HBO Max.”
“We were excited to nail down his overall deal because it’s a cornerstone of what we want to do with the filmmakers that are working at the studio. We want to create an atmosphere where all of these filmmakers can excel and do their work and stay with us once they are inside the Warners family. Keeping Matt and creating a home for him to do more projects in the Batman universe but also originals, was very important to us,” he continued.
Apart from the approved projects, it is possible that the much-discussed ‘Arkham’ series will move forward. Originally announced as a Gotham City PD show, it has since evolved into one about the troubled mental health facility that houses Batman villains like the Joker and the Riddler.
“We’re making an investment for whatever Matt feels a pull toward, in the Batman universe and otherwise. He has an open invitation to go wherever his interests take him. We’ll lean into whatever Matt wants to do,” De Luca said.