‘The Batman Part II’ Delayed a Year to 2026

The Batman Part II is flying off to a new date. The film will now open Oct. 2, 2026. That’s back a full year from its previous date.

Batman 2 wasn’t the only notable change made to Warner Bros. release calendar on Tuesday: The Maggie Gyllenhaal-directed The Bride!, starring Christian Bale, will take Batman 2‘s old date of Oct. 3, 2025; Barry Levinson’s gangster pic Alto Nights is being delayed from Nov. 24, 2024, to March 21, 2025; and Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled, star-studded event pic has landed an Aug. 8, 2025, release date. All of the titles will be offered in Imax.

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The sequel to Matt Reeves’ The Batman was first announced at CinemaCon in April 2022. In August of that year, Mattson Tomlin boarded to co-write with Reeves, and in late January 2023, DC Studios bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran gave the film a title and date of Oct. 3, 2025. DC insiders say the delay is related to last year’s strikes.

The Batman enjoyed the second best opening of the pandemic with $134 million domestically, on its way to a global haul of $770.3 million. It launched a new franchise, with Colin Farrell’s Penguin getting his own Max series and Reeves developing an Arkham Asylum-focused show that morphed out of an earlier idea for a series focused on the Gotham Police Department.

The sprawling cast also included Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler and Andy Serkis as Alfred. The film also featured Barry Keoghan as a mysterious Arkham Asylum inmate who befriends Riddler, with the character set up as a version of The Joker.

The Bride! also stars Jessie Buckley and Peter Sarsgaard, with Annette Bening and Penélope Cruz. Gyllenhaal wrote the script for the action pic and is producing alongside Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren.

There’s plenty of intrigue as to writer-director Anderson’s untitled film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn, Regina Hall, Teyana Taylor, Wood Harris, Alana Haim and Chase Infiniti. The filmmaker produces alongside Sara Murphy and Adam Somner. Plot details are being kept under tight wraps.

Alto Knights was relocated for competitive reasons, a source says. The gangster pic stars Robert De Niro, Debra Messing, Cosmo Jarvis, Kathrine Narducci and Michael Rispoli. Levinson directed from a script by Nick Pileggi, and produced alongside Irwin Winkler, Jason Sosnoff, Charles Winkler and David Winkler.

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