Everything we know about ‘The Batman’ casting so far
The reign of Batfleck is over! Long live BatPatz.
The Batman, the latest project based on the popular DC Comics hero, is already in pre-production. Robert Pattinson, who will play Bruce Wayne/Batman, is training hard for his “dream role”. While the film itself has a troubled history including creative differences with its former director and former Batman lead Ben Affleck, The Batman seems to be firmly back on track.
It’s easier to break out of Arkham Asylum than obtain plot details for blockbusters in pre. We do know The Batman’s take on the character to be more “grounded”; Matt Reeves runs the risk of rehashing Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. We hope for something more creative.
As production looms, we learn ever more about the cast. Here’s everything we know about those who will join Robert Pattinson in The Batman.
Will the new Alfred Pennyworth please stand up?
The recent spate of actors all brought something new and different to the role of Bruce Wayne’s long-suffering and faithful butler. Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League) and Douglas Hodge (Joker) have recently joined their ranks.
Sean Pertwee owned the role for five seasons on FOX’s Gotham. There’s even a solo series based on a much younger Alfred in Epix’s Pennyworth. Jack Bannon plays the former SAS soldier in 1960s London.
So who will play the character in The Batman? Andy Serkis, in a rare live-action role, brings us one of those rare moments of perfect casting.
Serkis is best known for his motion-capture performances. He played Gollum in Lord of the Rings. He reunites with The Batman director Matt Reeves for The Batman. Reeves previously directed Serkis in 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes. Serkis jumps to the DC production from Marvel having previously played the villainous Ulysses Klaue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Serkis is only in talks for the role as of this time. Hopefully, things will work out.
Introducing Mister Oswald Cobblepot
The other big bit of casting news is that Colin Farrell is in talks to play Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin in The Batman. Penguin is one of the more famous members of Batman’s rogues gallery, and considers himself “The Gentleman of Crime”. The two most enduring portrayals of the character comes from Robin Taylor Lord in Fox’s Gotham and Danny DeVito in Batman Returns.
Yes, it is hard to top Danny DeVito. With Farrell’s casting, it looks like Reeves wants to make a more suave version of the Penguin – unless he wants Farrell to go full ham like he did in 2003’s Daredevil. Farrell, honestly, was one of the unintentionally hilarious parts of that movie.
What fell through
Farrell wasn’t the first choice of Reeves and Warner Bros. for the role of the Penguin. For a time, it looked like Jonah Hill was going to join Batman’s villains. Hill voiced DC Comics hero Green Lantern in the LEGO universe and recently appeared in Harmony Korine’s Matthew McConaughey vehicle The Beach Bum.
When news broke that Hill was in negotiations for the role, it was still very early in the negotiating process. Reeves & Warner Bros were considering him for either the Penguin or the Riddler. No one has commented as to why negotiations with Hill fell through. We hope it’s not Matt Reeves’s cologne.
Some of the roles were cast earlier: Jeffrey Wright will play Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon. Wright is best known for his roles of Bernard Lowe on HBO’s Westworld and Felix Leiter in the James Bond franchise, along with supporting roles many other Hollywood films. He’s set to reprise his role in the upcoming film No Time to Die.
In October, Zoe Kravitz was announced as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. She actually voiced the same character in The LEGO Batman Movie back in 2017. Her previous roles also include Leta Lestrange in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise and Bonnie Carlson in HBO’s Big Little Lies.
Paul Dano was announced as Edward Nashton/The Riddler. He’s best known for his dual roles of Paul and Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood and recently made his directorial debut with 2018’s Wildlife.
Kravitz, Dano, and, possibly Farrell will be the three antagonists of the film. Catwoman returns to Batman’s foe column again, while the pair recently got married in the comics. Granted, their courtship started with them on opposite sides of the law.
While Robert Pattinson has made himself known as an indie darling, he broke onto the scene with the Twilight franchise. There he played undead heartthrob Edward Cullen for five movies. Recently, he played the Dauphin in Netflix’s The King. If you want to see him sport a ridiculous French accent and wear a questionable wig, check it out. (Legitimately, that is a pretty great film.)
The Batman: in theaters June 25th, 2021.