Matt Reeves revealed that he is currently working on several projects for his Batverse, including The Batman sequel. The director initially confirmed that his Penguin series would set the tone for the upcoming Batman 2. With the sequel in development, one of its stars, Barry Keoghan, shared his wishes for his character in the second installment that fans can look forward to.
“Obviously I'd love another crack. I've got a ton of back work done on him. If an opportunity does arise but, you know, they make the call, and I've got to respect that. Definitely. Definitely. Definitely, because I've got a few other things I'd love to bring. Actually, I have this little half-Moleskin book I've written a lot in already and so yeah, I want to show people what that is.” Keoghan told the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
Despite the popularity of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker, the Eternals star had the opportunity to bring his version of the Joker to the screen in the Batman universe. Although fans are still waiting for confirmation from Reeves if Keoghan is set to come back for the sequel, viewers remain hopeful that the actor’s cameo as the Clown Prince of Crime at the end of the movie sets up a potentially larger role for Batman 2.
In October, Keoghan revealed that he hasn't heard from anyone regarding the sequel, but he said that if they want him back his door will remain open. “As soon as that call comes, I’m there man, I’m there.” he expressed.
A deleted scene from The Batman that emerged online showed a meeting between Robert Pattinson's Batman and Keoghan's Joker, indicating a predetermined relationship between the two before the events of The Batman. The scene featured Batman consulting the Joker about the Riddler's possible plans for Gotham. That relationship angle would be interesting to further develop in the sequel, as it would help Keoghan's Joker to give himself a fresh perspective different from the others’ versions.
The Batman premiered last year, receiving $750 million at the global box office with promising reactions from fans and critics. Pattinson's take on Bruce Wayne/Batman left a memorable impression. The superhero film introduced audiences to the universe's versions of villains like Catwoman, the Riddler, the Penguin, and Carmine Falcone, becoming one of the most valuable assets at DC Studios.