No sooner does Jonah Hill exit talks to play the Riddler, that less than 24 hours later we get a new actor in the part of the legendary Batman villain. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Dano will be playing the role instead. It seems that Matt Reeves is going with the more recent incarnation of the character, with the Riddler’s real name being Edward Nashton. In the comics, he then changed it to Edward Nygma.
Although only 35, Paul Dano has already had an illustrious career in film over the past two decades, in acclaimed roles in movies like Little Miss Sunshine and 12 Years a Slave. But if you’re wondering if he can play a good smarmy villain, look no further than his work in There Will Be Blood.
The Batman is going to contain a large number of villains from the Dark Knight’s infamous rogue’s gallery, and that will include his enemy-turned-ally Catwoman. And she will be played by none other than Big Little Lies‘ Zoe Kravitz, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. She tested with Robert Pattinson, and won the role against the likes of actresses such as Ana de Armas, Ella Balinska, and Eiza Gonzalez.
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This will not be Kravitz’s first comic book movie, as she played Angel in X-Men: First Class nearly a decade ago. Not only that, but Kravitz actually played the role once before, as she voiced Catwoman in The LEGO Batman movie.
Kravitz will actually be the seventh live-action Catwoman. The first three came from the Batman ’66 series and were played by Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, and Lee Merriweather. Michelle Pfeiffer played her in Batman Returns, with Halle Berry playing a version of Catwoman who was not Selina Kyle in her own feature film. Our most recent Catwoman was Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises.
It’s been seven years since the last solo big screen Batman outing, but you can’t keep the Caped Crusader down for long. A new Batman film, tentatively titled The Batman, is set to hit movie theaters in the summer 2021. Here’s everything we know so far about the long-awaited return of Gotham’s Guardian to the big screen.
In 2015, a new solo Batman film was announced, with then-current Dark Knight Ben Affleck set to star and direct, with DC Comics superstar Geoff Johns writing the script. However, those plans were quickly thrown into turmoil.
Who Is Behind The Camera?
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A few months after Affleck departed the project as director, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War For The Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves was then announced as his successor. Originally, production was set to begin in 2018, but Warner Brothers delayed the film until Reeves—who is writing and directing the film—could hammer out a script everyone was satisfied with.
Who Is Starring?
Not long after Matt Reeves was signed on, Affleck stepped down as Batman. Thus far, the only confirmed face in the upcoming film is our new Batman/Bruce Wayne, who will be played by Robert Pattinson. The former Twilight star will be playing a younger version of Batman, closer to the start of his career. It was recently announced that Warner Brothers is circling Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright to play Commissioner James Gordon, and that Jonah Hill is being eyed as a villain—possibly the Riddler or the Penguin.
Who Will The Villains Be?
Although still unconfirmed, several different sources have reported that this movie will feature a metric ton of classic Batman rogues. The names popping up include Riddler, the Penguin, Catwoman, Two-Face, Mad Hatter, and Firefly. And there are rumors that those villains will still not be all we see in this film.
Given that this film is said to be a noir style mystery, many fans think it will be an adaptation of the comic book series The Long Halloween. That seminal miniseries featured nearly all of Batman’s villains, and had the Dark Knight following the trail of a killer in a year long detective story. Whether The Batman is a direct adaptation of this story or merely inspired by is itself still a mystery.
Is It Connected to the DCEU?
That remains unanswered. When Reeves took over the project, he assured fans that his film would indeed be within the confines of the continuity established by the previous DCEU movies like Man of Steel and Justice League. But with the casting of Pattinson, it seems all that might be tossed out a window. Pattinson could technically be playing a younger version of Affleck’s Batman, but it would be a stretch to imagine that Jeffrey Wright ages into J.K. Simmons. Although the DCEU continuity seemingly continues with sequels to Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Suicide Squad, odds are The Batman will take place in its own continuity.
When Is It Coming Out?
The Bat-Signal will light the sky once more on June 21, 2021.
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