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The Batman Part II Confirms the Return of This Important Character


While it's pretty obvious that Robert Pattinson will be reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/The Batman in Matt Reeves' upcoming sequel to The Batman (2022), until now, there has been no word on any other returning cast members (with the exception of Colin Farrell in the HBO Max Penguin series). Well, it's just been confirmed that another important character will also be returning...

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In an interview with GQ interview (via The Hollywood Handle), The Batman director Matt Reeves has confirmed that Andy Serkis will be reprising his role as Bruce Wayne's trusted butler Alfred Pennyworth in The Batman Part II (2025), which is slated for release on October 3, 2025.

“I don’t have a burning desire to play [anyone]," Serkis said. "What I do want is to go back to the stage. That’s one thing I want to do for sure – and I’m terrified of it.”

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While Serkis doesn't sound particularly keen to be returning as Alfred Pennyworth, it's possible he will also be returning to The Lord of the Rings franchise. Nothing has been confirmed, but New Line Cinema did recently announce that several new films are currently in the pipeline. Whether or not Serkis would ever reprise his role as Smeagol/Gollum remains to be seen.

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Before The Batman II hits theaters in October, 2025, The Penguin television series will premiere on HBO Max, and will consist of eight episodes. The show, which is as yet untitled, will see Colin Farrell reprise his role as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, as seen in the 2022 film.

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As per the official Warner Bros. website, here's the synopsis for The Batman:

Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies--Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright)--amongst the city's corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

When a killer targets Gotham's elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World's Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator's plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.

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The Batman stars Robert Pattinson (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Selena Kyle/Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Jim Gordon (Jeffrey Wright), Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Colin Farrell), and Edward Nashton/The Riddler (Paul Dano).

The Batman Part II releases in theaters on October 3, 2025.

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