More news out of The Batman camp regarding casting so we are updating our list so you can see who’ll be shining in the Gotham sun once the film gets into production. There is certainly no lack of star power in the ensemble, but Matt Reeves’ team has missed on a couple of actors they wanted, but couldn’t get signed.
The new Batman film is moving away from the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) to be a stand alone with Reeves exploring a younger Batman who is as much a crime sleuth as he is a gadget wielding crime fighter. Although the character is younger, it appears that Batman will have already gone through most of his backstory so it won’t have to be revisited.
One of the casualties of contract negotiations is Jonah Hill who will not be going forward with Warner Bros on the project. No specific details, but it appears a number couldn’t be agreed on by both sides.
Keep in mind that the film won’t hit theaters for almost two more years from now so things can change, but here is the current lineup.
This isn’t anything new as we’ve known that Pattinson, who became an onscreen superstar with the Twilight series, was going to take on the role of Gotham’s caped crusader. He’s done quite a bit of smaller films since playing the dreamy Edward, but the jury is still out on whether he can fill the role of Batman in a way fans will appreciate.
Wright is probably the one “can’t miss” actor in the Batman lineup with many great performances in a variety of dramas and series including the role of Felix Leiter in the recent Bond films. It will be interesting to see how he tackles Commissioner Gordon. He’s always been able to pull off a likable, but mysterious character evidenced by his performance as Bernard Lowe on HBO’s Westworld.
Kravitz will finally get to bring Catwoman to live action in Reeves’ vision of the sexy villainess. Ironically and despite her job as Catwoman in the Lego version of Batman, Kravitz was passed up for the role in The Dark Knight Rises because she was “too urban”. She is no newbie to the comic book genre having played Angel in X-Men: First Class and her voice work for Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse.
With Jonah Hill out, Dano will step in as the Riddler in the film. How Dano and Reeves will approach the Riddler in this next installment should be interesting with Dano’s intellectually dramatic style, but it will certainly be a far cry from Jim Carrey’s Riddler from the past. If you’re not familiar with Dano, you should be. His credits in great films is impressive including There Will Be Blood and 12 Years a Slave.
Lawson is a fresh face not only for the comic book genre, but any genre for that matter. She will be taking on the role of a candidate for Mayor of Gotham City, Bella Real. A recent graduate of Julliard, we are intrigued about her character and whether it might be the basis for a recurring role in the future depending on how audiences receive her. Regardless, The Batman is a nice gig to cut your teeth on.
Turturro has done a couple of box office successes with appearances in the Cars series and Transformers. He is slated to bring Carmine Falcone, a Gotham mob boss to life. Falcone is more of a traditional criminal unlike the typical whack jobs that tend to dominate Gotham’s underground.
We have a new Alfred Pennyworth in Andy Serkis and fans should be excited about this casting decision because Serkis does a remarkable job in any role he’s been thrown in. He’s already done work in the Marvel films as Ulysses Klaue. He’s a great talent and has a bunch of experience working with Reeves on other projects including the Planet of the Apes remakes.
The Penguin will officially be part of the new film adding yet another of the classic villains to the cast and played by Farrell who formerly played Bullseye in the comic book film Daredevil. In case you’re wondering if Farrell is an appropriate fit for the Penguin, Danny Devito has already come out supporting the decision. We will reserve our judgement on Farrell’s performance as Mr. Cobblepot (aka Penguin).
Rounding out our list of characters, Sarsgaard with some experience in comic book films having played Hector Hammond in the Green Lantern will be taking the role of a new character – District Attorney Gil Colson. Like Jayme Lawson, we’re not sure how this new character will play out in the film, but Sarsgaard is a capable veteran, and more interestingly, the husband of Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The Batman is still a ways away from release and we’re sure there will be more news to come as it develops. We’ll keep you posted – Stay tuned.