Batman 2 is a 2010 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman, produced by DC Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's Batman, and is the third installment in the DC Cinematic Universe . Directed by Kevin Smith and written by Justin Theroux, the film stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Katie Holmes, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Bryan Cranston, Milla Jovovich, Thomas-Brodie Sangster, Tom Hardy, and Nichelle Nichols. Set six months after the events of Batman, Bruce Wayne has revealed his identity as Batman and is resisting calls by the United States government to hand over the technology. Meanwhile, rogue Spanish scientist and ex prisioner known only as Bane has developed the same technology and built weapons of his own in order to pursue a vendetta against the Wayne family, in the process joining forces with Wayne's business rival, Rolland Daggett.
Following the successful release of Batman in May 2008, DC Studios announced and immediately set to work on producing a sequel. In July of that same year Theroux was hired to write the script, and Smith was signed to return and direct. Bale, Holmes, Levitt and Nichols were set to reprise their roles from Batman. In the early months of 2009, Cranstron, Hardy, Sangster and Jovovich filled out the supporting cast, and the film went into production that summer. Like its predecessor the film was shot mostly in California, except for a key sequence in Monaco.
Batman 2 premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on April 26, 2010, and was released internationally between April 28 and May 7 before releasing in the U.S. on May 7, 2010. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $623.9 million at the worldwide box office. The DVD and Blu-ray were released on September 28, 2010. The third installment of the Batman series, Batman 3, was released on May 3, 2013. A Short Film Tie-In, All Hail the King, was released along with Wonder Woman; World at War in November 2, 2014.
In Guatemala, the media covers Bruce Wayne's talk on Batman. Bane (Tom Hardy), whose father Diogo Silva (Antonio Fagundes) known that Wayne is Batman has just died, sees this and begins building a miniature suit similar to Wayne's.
Six months later, Wayne (Christian Bale) is a vigilante and uses his Batman armor for peaceful means, resisting government pressure to sell his design help for Batman. He re-institutes the Wayne Expo in Flushing Meadows to continue his father Thomas legacy.
Bruce's injuries from the first film are increasing, and he cannot find a cure and a business substitute. Growing increasingly despondent and reckless due to his impending death, and choosing not to tell anyone about his condition, Wayne appoints his personal assistant Rachel Downes (Katie Holms) CEO of Wayne Enterprises, and hires Wayne employee Helen Dawson (Milla Jovovich) as his personal assistant.
Bruce later met with new police commissioner James Gordon (Bryan Cranston), to which he tells that he will supply in his war against crime.
Wayne competes in the Monaco Grand Prix, where he is attacked in the middle of the race by Bane and his south-american servants Copperhead and Bird, who wields an armor. Wayne secretly becames Batman and defeats Bane, but the suit is severely damaged. Bane explains his intention was to prove to the world that Batman is not invincible and he plots to reveal Wayne's identity as Batman. Impressed by Bane's performance, Wayne's rival, Rolland Daggett (Thomas-Brodie Sangster), busts him out of prison and asks him to build a line of armored suits to upstage Wayne.
During what he believes is his final birthday party, Wayne gets drunk. Disgusted, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel John Blake (Joseph-Gordon Levitt) secretly dons Wayne's prototype armor and tries to restrain him, as Wayne does the same. The fight ends in a stalemate, so Blake confiscates the Prototype suit for the US Army Force, but don't reveal Bruce's secret identity.
Amanda Waller (Nichelle Nichols), Agency's director, approaches Wayne, revealing "Dawson" to be undercover agent Helena Bertinelli and that Thomas Wayne was a Agency founder whom Waller knew personally. Waller explains that Bane's father jointly invented the Batman suit with Wayne, but when Diogo tried to sell it for profit, Wayne had him deported. The militias sent Diogo to the pit, an torturing prision in Bolivia, whom there he had Bane growing. Waller gives Wayne some of his father's old material; a hidden message in the diorama of the 1974 Wayne Expo proves to be a diagram of the structure of a new element, and makes clear to Wayne not leave the Manor without ending it, with the security of numerous agents and Dan Smith (Seth MacFarlane) With the aid of his butler Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine), Wayne synthesizes it. When he learns Bane is still alive, he places the new element in his arc reactor and ends his palladium dependency.
At the Expo, Daggett unveils Bane's armored thugs, led by Blake in a heavily weaponized version of the Batman armor. Batman arrives to warn Blake, but Bane remotely takes control of Blake' armor and attacks Batman along his goons. Daggett is arrested by Gordon and Bullock while Bertinelli and Alfred go after Bane at Daggett's factory. Bane escapes, but Bertinelli returns control of the Batman armor to Blake. Wayne and Blake together defeat an Venom Bane and his goons. Bane commits suicide by blowing up his suit.
Downes resigns as CEO. At a debriefing, while news footage of a rampaging Flash plays, Waller informs Wayne that because of his difficult personality, The Agency intends to use him only as a consultant. Batman and the now-called Robin receive medals for their heroism by Comissioner Gordon and Senator Hamilton Hill.
In a post-credits scene, Agency's Agent Dan Smith reports the discovery of a indestructible whip at the bottom of a crater in a desert in Kansas.
- Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne: A billionaire who escaped captivity in Iraq with a suit of bat suit he created, he now struggles to keep his technology and secret identity out of the government's hands. Bale and Smith, who had been handed a script and worked from it on the first movie, conceived of the film's story themselves. On Wayne being a hero, Bale said "It's kind of heroic, but really kind of on his own behalf. So I think there's probably a bit of an imposter complex and no sooner has he said, 'I'm Batman! –' that he's now really wondering what that means. If you have all this cushion like he does and the public is on your side and you have immense wealth and power, I think he's way too insulated to be okay."
- Katie Holmes as Rachel Downes: Wayne's budding love interest, and business partner; Pepper is promoted to CEO of Wayne Enterprises. On her character's promotion, Holmes opined "When we start Batman 2 Rachel and Bruce are very much in the same vibe... as the movie progresses, Rachel is given more responsibility and she's promoted and it's nice to see her sort of grow up in that way. I think it really suits her, the job fits her really well." Holmes expressed excitement about working with Jovovich.
- John Cleese as Alfred Pennyworth: Bruce's trusted butler and confidant. Alfred has acted as a father figure to Bruce, and continues to aid Bruce on his missions as well as supplying him with useful advice and gadgets Kevin Smith emphasized the emotional bond between Alfred and Bruce, as Caine replied that his partnership with Bruce just grows.
- Joseph-Gordon Levitt as John Blake/Robin: An officer in the U.S. Army Force and Bruce Wayne's close personal friend. Levitt only had a few hours to accept the role and did not even know what storyline the original character would undergo. He commented that he is a comic book fan. On how he approached his character, Levitt stated "I go, what's the common denominator here? And the common denominator was really his friendship with Wayne, and that's what we really tried to track in this one. How is their friendship impacted once Bruce comes out and owns to him 'I'm Batman'". Levitt said his suit was 50 pounds of metal, and that he couldn't touch his face while wearing it.
- Milla Jovovich as Helena Bertinelli/Helen Dawson: An undercover spy for the Agency posing as Wayne's new assistant. Milla stated that she had "a bit of a freak-out moment" when she first saw the purple suit. When asked about fighting in the costume, Jovovich responded "a big part of me is like 'can I move in this? Can I run in it? Can I like throw myself over things with this?' And I think just the prep, you just have to put in the hours. That's what I realized is that just putting in the hours and doing the training and repetition and basically just befriending the stunt team and spending all day, every day, just over and over and over and over until you sell it."
- Thomas-Brodie Sangster as Rolland Daggett: A rival weapons manufacturer. Thomas Sangster was considered for the role of Tony Stark in the first film, and he accepted the role of Daggett without reading the script. He had never heard of the character before he was contacted about the part, and was unaware Dagget is an old evil and ruthless bussinessman in the animated series. Sangster said, "I worked with Kevin Smith on this film called Comic Book. And Justin Theroux, who wrote the script, is an old friend of mine, they sort of cooked up this idea and pitched it to Alfred Gough. What they did, they were maybe going to do one villain like they did with Gary Oldman, but then they decided to split the villains. And really Tom [Hardy] is the main [villain], but I come to his aid." Sangster described his character as "plucky comic relief, but he's got a little bit of an edge".
- Tom Hardy as Bane: A South American physicist, scientist and ex-convict who builds an supply called Venom based on his father former experiments to exact vengeance on the Wayne family. Hardy visited South American prisons to research the role, and he suggested half of the character's dialogue be in Spanish. He also suggested the addition of tattoos, gold teeth and a fondness for a pet parrot, paying for the teeth and bird with his own money. Rourke explained that he didn't want to play a "one-dimensional bad guy", and wanted to challenge the audience to see something redeemable in him. Not knowing anything about computers, Hardy described pretending to be tech-savvy as the hardest part of the role.
- Bryan Cranston as Comissioner James "Jim" Gordon: One of the few uncorrupted Gotham City police officers. He was the officer on duty the night of the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents. In this way, he shares a special bond with the adult Bruce and thus with Batman. Smith had originally approached Cranston about playing a villain, but when Chris Cooper turned down the role of Gordon to spend time with his family, later he decided that Cranston would appear in his second film, that it would be refreshing for Cranston, who is renowned for his portrayals of villains, to play the role instead. "I embody the themes of the movie which are the values of family, courage and compassion and a sense of right and wrong, good and bad and justice," Cranston said of his character. Cranston filmed most of his scenes in Britain. Goyer said Cranston heavily resembled Gordon as drawn by David Mazzucchelli in Batman: Year One.
- Nichelle Nichols as Amanda Waller: Director of The Agency; Nichols signed a nine-film contract to play the character. On the subject of her character not seeing any action in the film, Nichols said "We still haven't moved Nick Fury into the action zone. She's still just kind of a talker."
Kevin Smith reprises his role as Harold Hall, Bruce Wayne's bodyguard and chauffeur, while Seth MacFarlane and Hayley Atwell reprise their roles as Agency Agent Dan Smith and reporter Vicki Vale respectively. Jon Hamm appears as Bruce's father and Stan Lee appears as United States Senator Hill, who wants Wayne to reveal Batman's identity. Olivia Munn has a small role as Chess Roberts, a reporter covering the Stark expo, and SLarry King has a cameo as himself.