After a long wait, DC Studios chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran finally unveiled their slate for the first chapter of the new DCU consists of new films, live-action shows, and animated shows that are going to be part of one interconnected universe and the characters that will be headlining the phase.
A lot of fans have been wondering about their plans for Batman, especially with the existence of the Robert Pattison version that is part of his own universe under the purview of Matt Reeves. Now, we have the answer and it looks like the Caped Crusader is indeed part of the new DCU after all.
As reported by Deadline, Gunn and Safran revealed that Batman is included in the new DCU although they will have their own version, and a new actor is set to play the role. A film is also already in development titled The Brave and the Bold based on Grant Morrison's infamous run.
The new DCU film's take on Batman will center on Bruce Wayne and his son Damien Wayne as Robin, who Gunn described as "a little son of a bitch."
He said regarding the premise of the film, "Assassin, murderer who Batman takes on, who is Batman’s actual son that he doesn’t know exists for the first 8-10 years of his life... it’s a strange father and son story about the two of them and based on Grant Morrison’s run of the Batman."
Gunn and Safran didn't give any casting details or the writer and director that they tapped to work on the project as well as the release window. However, it is part of the DCU's Chapter One "Gods and Monsters" alongside the other films in the slate such as Superman: Legacy and The Authority.
In case you're wondering about The Batman sequel, don't worry, the film is still on its way and it is going to be part of the DCU Elseworlds. Not only that, Gunn and Safran revealed that The Batman Part II is slated for release in theaters on October 3, 2025.
This is certainly exciting and interesting news for DC fans who have been wondering about how the new DCU will tackle the Caped Crusader. It looks like we're still going to see different iterations of the character at the same time for at least the next few years.
Now, all eyes are on who they will cast to play the DCU's Batman and Robin, who is making his big-screen return after last appearing in the panned 1997 film Batman & Robin.
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