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'The Batman' Returns as Robert Pattinson Sequel Confirmed

Matt Reeves is returning to direct as well. But what about the Joker...?

Robert Pattinson in The Batman.
Robert Pattinson in The Batman.
Warner Bros.

The news many have been waiting for is officially here. A sequel to The Batman movie is on its way, with Robert Pattinson returning to his gloomy take on the caped crusader.

The announcement came via Variety out of a Warner Bros. presentation Tuesday at CinemaCon, an annual trade show for theater owners. It was also confirmed director Matt Reeves will return to take on the next chapter. No word yet whether Barry Keoghan will fulfil the promise of the first film's post-credits scene that teases the Joker.

The latest Batman movie hit huge numbers at the box office, earning $100 million in its opening weekend -- only the second pandemic-era movie to do so. The flick is currently the highest-grossing movie of the year, having raked in $759 million to date at the global box office.

The grim take on Batman scored well with audiences and critics. In his review, CNET's Richard Trenholm called it "a gripping and nerve-shredding Bat-thriller."

CinemaCon brought a few other exciting announcements, including a new Spider-Man spinoff movie and Venom 3.