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"The Batman: Part 2" Is Set To Release In 2025 And I'm Already Counting Down The Days

"The Batman" was one of those rare Hollywood films that totally lived up to the hype for me. It was exactly what I wanted/hoped for when it was announced that Matt Reeves would be directing a Batman film. In some ways, I feel like it's underappreciated. The movie did critically and finically well, but I don't know. I think it deserved more praise than it got. It's not as good as "The Dark Knight," but it's damn close. Naturally, they're moving forward with a sequel because the film was a hit. Matt Reeves is back at the helm, and I couldn't be more excited. I shuttered a little bit when I saw that this film won't be released until 2025. That's a reasonable time to wait. Three years between movies is pretty standard, but good lord, I'm going to be 30. Something about that took my breath away. I was 10 when I first saw a Batman movie in theaters. This character is going to be a part of my life forever. Is there such thing as a one third life crisis? I may be in the midst of one. Anyway, I have full faith that Matt Reeves is going to deliver here. He set up such a unique version of Gotham in the first movie, and I look forward to seeing that being expanded upon in the upcoming Penguin spinoff series. Colin Farrell was fantastic and so unrecognizable in that role.

People are already speculating who the villain will be in part two. The options are endless, as Batman has, far and away, the best rogue's gallery of villains. We know Oscar nominee Barry Keoghan will return as the Joker in some capacity, though Reeves said the plan is not for him to be the main villain in part two. Robert Pattinson has been interested in seeing the Court Of Owls on screen, but I'm all about seeing Mr. Freeze finally done right in live action. 

The fact that an entire generation of people only knows of Mr. Freeze because of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his insufferable puns is a modern Hollywood tragedy. Mr. Freeze is easily a top-tier Batman villain. What makes his butchering in "Batman And Robin" so unforgivable is that the animated series reinvented the character in the early 90's. The template was there, and yet Warner Brothers was still like "Nah, fuck it…PUNS!" In live-action, Freeze could easily be one of the coolest (no pun intended) Batman villains we've seen. I do however acknowledge that'd you'd have to change a lot in regards to the character's abilities and getup. Reeves created an incredibly grounded universe with the first film, and having a man with a freeze gun may seem far-fetched, but considering the way he just reinvented the Riddler, I believe he could pull off Mr. Freeze. Is it too much to ask for Michael Fassbender in the role?

We'll be getting a heavy dose of Batman over the next several years. By the time 2026 rolls around, four men will have worn the cowl over three different universes over a four-year stretch. Is that too much? Probably, but Hollywood is nothing, if not excessive. While I welcome other versions of the caped crusader, I'll continue to be most excited for the Robert Pattinson version. This is the Batman I connect with the most. In Reeves we trust.