The DCEU has had its fair share of ups and downs. We’ve had successes like Wonder Woman and Aquaman but also disappointments like Justice League. However, the franchise’s future is looking promising with new details unveiled by James Gunn, as well as the return of the Battison.
DC Studios Streamlines Movie Lineup Under Elseworlds Banner
To begin, it’s worth noting that DC Comics movies can be complicated, with different movies existing in their own universes. But DC Studios is streamlining the lineup under the Elseworlds banner, which explores alternate realities in the DC Multiverse. The Batman and Joker movies will be in separate Elseworlds, with no connection between them. Additionally, a Superman solo movie is in the works, adding diversity to the DC movie lineup.
But let’s focus on the Battison’s return, which is where things get exciting. The Batman Part 2 has been greenlit and is set to release on October 3rd, 2025. James Gunn describes the Batman universe as a crime saga, with the upcoming Penguin series streaming on HBO Max leading directly into the Madison sequel.
James Gunn Exciting Details on The Batman Part 2 and Battison’s Return
It’s possible that Colin Farrell’s Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, will be the movie’s antagonist. The series will show him rising to the top as a crime lord. The Batman and Penguin will have different approaches to helping Gotham. With the former becoming the symbol of hope and the latter looking out for his own interests. There’s also a political element to the story. With Bella Reál as the mayor in the wake of the city’s flooding.
One wild card is Barry Kogan’s version of The Joker, who briefly appeared in the first movie with hints of his character’s trademarks. With both the Joker and Batman in the same Elseworld, there’s potential for an interesting conflict.
The Battison’s return is part of a larger plan to streamline the DCEU and explore unique stories while connecting the multiverse. With James Gunn and Peter Safran leading the way, the future of the DCEU looks bright.