How The Batman Has Actually Impacted Making Big Little Lies Season 3, According To The Showrunner

Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Batman (2022)

Big Little Lies became a runaway hit for HBO when it first premiered on the channel back in 2017, so much so that the “limited series” ultimately spawned a second season in 2019. And as you would expect fans would love to see a third season. A potential Season 3 is far from a sure thing at this point, and there are a few obstacles standing in its way. One just so happens to be Warner Bros. and DC Films’ The Batman, and Big Little Lies showrunner David E. Kelley has now shed some light on why this is the case.

David E. Kelly definitely isn’t giving up on the idea of “bringing the band back together” for a third season of Big Little Lies, as he recently told TV Line. However, the producer is realistic in noting that scheduling the series would be incredibly difficult especially when stars like Zoe Kravitz are working on massive projects like The Batman:

I’m not sure logistically how it could be done because everyone is so busy. It [certainly] couldn’t be done right away. Down the road? Maybe… Nicole herself has about five projects backed up. Reese [Witherspoon] is equally as busy. Zoë [Kravitz] is [playing] Catwoman [in The Batman] — and that’s just the beginning. All [of the actresses] are extremely busy.

One of the things that propelled Big Little Lies to critical acclaim was the work of its star-studded ensemble cast, headlined by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz. And in the second season, the five stars were joined by none other than Meryl Streep. The only downside to having so many A-List stars is that they’re more than likely booked solid for long periods of time. With this in mind, getting all of them back together again would definitely be a feat.

Productions that are very involved can tie up actors for quite a while. In the case of Zoe Kravitz, The Batman’s filming schedule has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. The movie originally began shooting early last year before it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sometime after filming started back up again, filming was briefly delayed again due to someone on set testing positive for COVID-19. This person was later revealed to be the film’s star, Robert Pattinson.

Even though making Big Little Lies Season 3 could be an uphill battle due to scheduling, it’s good to see Kelley is still feeling optimistic about its chances. Nicole Kidman echoed his positivity in a separate interview, even confirming that “a story is being concocted.”

We’ll have to wait and see if plans for a Big Little Lies Season 3 actually come to pass, but fans still have plenty of reason to be hopeful. In the meantime, fans can stream the first two seasons of the show on HBO Max.

Erik Swann
Senior Content Producer

Covering superheroes, sci-fi, comedy, and almost anything else in film and TV. I eat more pizza than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.