The Batman – Part II, which had its scheduled filming postponed from November 2023 to another as of yet unrevealed date in early 2024 due to the 2023 Writers Guild of America Strike has some promising updates although, it did not take long for more rumors to crop up as per CBM.
Writer, filmmaker, co-CEO, and co-chairman of DC Studios, James Gunn, not long ago debunked a rumor that some of The Bat’s B-C tier rogues gallery with the likes of Scarecrow, Clayface, Professor Pyg, and Hush may appear in the Matt Reeves helmed sequel. Gunn didn’t clarify who of the rogues the rumor put out there was made up.
As per the host John Roca of The Hot Mic (via ComicBookMovie.com) not only did he mention the characters will be introduced, but the film’s screenplay for The Batman – Part II had been handed in before Christmas. Jeff Sneider insisted that Tommy Elliot aka Hush has been featured in the script.
Rocha further went on to state that in the second chapter, the story will draw more inspiration from Batman: Earth One written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank, which is not surprising as the original film drew more inspiration from Volume One of that series.
Some of these claims should be taken with a pinch of salt for at the time Robert Pattinson was cast in the titular role in the first part, the nature of the plot was revealed to be in the vein of a “mystery” and it following a Batman early in his career with Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and Mad Hatter said to appear with the latter two having minor roles. Whereas, the aforesaid first three baddies mentioned played crucial roles.
In the final theatrical cut of The Batman, out of the five, Catwoman fulfilled more of the role of an unlikely ally with neutral qualities, whereas The Penguin and The Riddler were antagonists. The latter being the Big Bad with Carmine Falcone being the hidden schemer who was the core opposition that unraveled the mystery of corruption in Gotham.
For The Batman – Part II, it could be just one or more of the speculated villains, but what is certain is that The Penguin series that is set to premiere in late 2024 on Max will be integral to the sequel.