Even though The Batman series is yet to be concluded, DC Comics and Warner Bros. are already pressing ahead with plans for a new Batman movie that will be part of the DC Universe.
The new movie will be titled Batman: The Brave and the Bold and the latest development is that it will be directed by Andy Muschietti who recently helmed The Flash for the studio.
It will feature the live-action debut of Damien Wayne, Batman's son who is initially introduced as a villain but eventually becomes Robin. In this Batman story, Bruce Wayne had a child with Talia al Ghul whom he was not told about for years.
DC executives James Gunn and Peter Safran released a statement confirming Muschietti's appointment.
"We saw The Flash' even before taking the reins at DC Studios, and knew we were in the hands of not only a visionary director but a massive DC fan," the statement read.
"It’s a magnificent film – funny, emotional, thrilling – and Andy’s affinity and passion for these characters and this world just resonates through every frame. So, when it came time to find a director for The Brave and the Bold, there was really only one choice.
"Luckily, Andy said yes. ... We couldn’t have better or more inspiring partners as we embark on this thrilling new adventure in the DCU."
The Batman Part II to avoid superhero cliches
The next Batman movie is set to stay clear of a very specific cliche about superhero sequels.
As the years have progressed and fans have been granted an overwhelming amount of comic book adaptations, patterns have started to emerge with regard to heroes and villains.
Historically, the first movies with regards to a new hero are origin pieces, while the second and perhaps the third shift the focus on to a villain.
This formula can be found in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, where The Joker and Bane receive almost as much attention as Bruce Wayne. It can be seen in the Spider-Man movies, too, particularly with Doc Oc in Spider-Man 2.
But, Matt Reeves says Robert Pattinson's Batman will always be at the core of his features.
"To me, the thing I really feel is that I also believe that Rob (Pattinson) is so special in the role," he told Collider.
"My goal has always been to do these point-of-view stories that allow the character to always be the emotional centre of the story.
"A lot of times what happens is, after you do the first one, then suddenly other Rogues Gallery characters come in, and they kind of take over, and then Batman takes a backseat of character-wise, or emotionally."