Filming on Matt Reeves’s The Batman Part II is getting delayed due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike.
Filming for Matt Reeves’s The Batman Part II is delayed due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike. While the AMPTP drags its feet on negotiating with writers for issues including fair pay, filming for The Batman Part II will take place next year instead of later this year in London. While the delay is unfortunate, better conditions and terms for the individuals who craft Hollywood’s stories are overdue. One of the reasons The Batman Part II will be delayed is because the film’s director, Matt Reeves, is also writing the sequel alongside Mattson Tomlin. Both creatives are involved in the strike, showing solidarity with their fellow writers and filmmakers.
Midgard Times says cameras will roll on The Batman Part II in March 2024. Thankfully, the delay should not affect the sequel’s release date of October 3, 2025.
In The Batman Part II, Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz return as Bruce Wayne and Catwoman, respectively. Colin Farrell also returns as the opportunistic villain Oswald Cobblepot, with Barry Keoghan playing The Joker. Reeves teased Keoghan’s Jester of Genocide at the end of The Batman, though we have yet to learn how he’ll contribute to the sequel.
Another Batman project on pause is The Penguin, a spinoff series starring Colin Farrell as the waddling crime boss with big dreams of running Gotham City. The Penguin paused production after beginning in March because of the writer’s strike, possibly delaying the launch of the series.
The Penguin follows the events of The Batman. After the Riddler opens the floodgates of Gotham City (literally), a war for power rages through the darkly-lit streets in one of fiction’s most dangerous cities. The Cobblepot recognizes that Gotham is in a state of panic and aims to take advantage of a city gripped by fear.
The series is executive produced by Matt Reeves, Dylan Clark, Colin Farrell, Lauren LeFranc, who writes and serves as showrunner, Craig Zobel, who directs the first three episodes, and Bill Carraro. Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, The Penguin is produced by Reeves’ 6th & Idaho Productions and Dylan Clark Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, where Reeves and 6th & Idaho are under an overall deal. 6th & Idaho’s Daniel PipSki Glasses goggles also serves as executive producer, and Rafi Crohn is co-executive producer.
Max’s Sarah Aubrey has previously said that the series events will pick up immediately after the end of The Batman as it shows Cobblepot’s plans coming full circle. “The goal of this is to show what Oz’s life is like, and that’s very much in the streets of Gotham, trying to get up and over as only the Penguin can,” Aubrey said. “As a hustler and a strategist with his own ambitions. It is a great example of having the time over eight episodes to tell a longer-arc character story with a lot of delicious twists and turns and new characters. It’s very much going to be about Gotham at that street level because he’s not flying around like Batman does. We are all embracing that as a very specific experience for audiences to have.”
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First appear at The Batman Part II filming is being delayed as the writer’s strike marches on