The CinemaCon confirms what has long been suspected: "The Batman" will get a sequel. At the same time, the return of two important people has been announced. One is lead actor Robert Pattinson, who will once again play the Dark Knight, while Matt Reeves will also be back as director. Reeves himself did not want to, or could not say much, about a possible plot yet. He simply expressed his joy about the renewed involvement. According to Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich, preparations are already well underway. However, they did not want to promise a release date yet. We firmly assume that we will also see the return of other actors such as Zoë Kravitz or Colin Farrell, but officially this has not been confirmed yet.
Warner Bros. also showcased other projects at CinemaCon, including "Shazam! Fury of the Gods". A short preview was screened, showing the main character Shazam in Paris on a date with Wonder Woman. But don't get too excited too soon regarding an appearance of Gal Gadot in this role, as shortly after, it was revealed that Wonder Woman's silhouette is in fact the Wizard. The latter warns Billy Batson about the daughters of Atlas who are after him.
New details were also announced about the DC sequel "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom". It was revealed that new technologies were used for the shoot, which should make the movie look even better than before. Currently, Director James Wan is in the middle of making the director's cut. There was also talk of many new, intense characters.
Another featured movie was "The Flash". In this case, Warner presented a first trailer that included the reveal of Michael Keaton's Batman outfit. In the meantime, the superhero seems to have aged significantly, as he is shown with long, gray hair and a beard. In addition, viewers were treated to a younger version of Superman as well as Michael Shannon in the role of General Zod.
Warner Bros. also had news to report beyond the DC universe. First, there is the confirmation of the horror flick "The Nun 2". The sequel to "The Nun" from 2018 is another spin-off from the "Conjuring" universe. It is currently in early production and is being directed by Michael Chaves. Having already worked as a director on "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" or "The Curse of La Llorona", Chaves is certainly familiar with the horror genre. The script is by Akela Cooper, who already served as a writer for "Malignant". But more details are not available so far.
The second big movie that is actually not related to DC is "Barbie". The first picture published shows Margot Robbie in the title role. The image could not have been more characteristic: You can see the represented blonde in a pink car in front of a pink background. The story is said to focus to some extent on the Mattel toy company, which is also the manufacturer of the world-famous Barbie dolls in the real world. The announced release of the film, by the way, is competing with Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer". Both are scheduled for release on July 21, 2023, which is particularly spicy, as Nolan and Warner have been going separate ways since 2021 due to disagreements over the release pattern of the movie giant.