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 regards 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 with 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."
The Penguin series in development
The Penguin television series will be a necessary watch for fans of The Batman ahead of the movie's sequel, according to Reeves.
Colin Farrell's performance as the villain received acclaimed, and it was not long after that movie's release that a spin-off television series focusing on that character was announced.
“There's actually a whole little fabric of things we're wanting to do, the way we're doing with Penguin and how that comes back into how that will lead into the sequel, and what that sequel is going to be," Reeves told Collider.
At the conclusion of The Batman, Oswald 'Oz' Cobblepot is poised to take over the crime syndicate previously led by Carmine Falcone, so the series will likely focus on his emergence as a new crime lord.
Deadline previously reported that the series will be akin to Scarface, as Penguin's ascendancy is akin to that of Tony Montana.
Action / Crime
2022 • 175 minutes