After a handful of setbacks, The Batman is on its way to being a reality. Earlier this year, Robert Pattinson was cast as the Caped Crusader. Now, actors Jeffrey Wright and Jonah Hill are looking to also star in the film.
The Wright Way
Wright is in talks to portray Commissioner Gordon. In comic books, Gordon is one of Batman’s most trusted allies. In the Tim Burton & Joel Schumacher films, Gordon was played by Pat Hingle. Gary Oldman played the character in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
Wright is best known for his work on Westworld, Angels In America, and Boycott. In 1994, they won a Tony Award for portraying Norman “Belize” Arriaga in the Angels In America Broadway play. A decade later, Wright earned an Emmy for playing the same character in HBO’s film adaptation. This isn’t Wright’s only upcoming comic book role. In 2021, he’ll be the voice of The Watcher in Marvel’s What If…? animated series.
On A Hill
Unlike Wright, Hill has his sights set on two iconic roles. The actor is looking to play either The Riddler or The Penguin. The Riddler’s puzzles have been a thorn in Batman’s side for decades. Jim Carrey portrayed the villain in 1995’s Batman Forever. The character was originally rumored to be portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Dark Knight Rises. The Riddler was also going to be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but was cut from the final film. The Penguin brings some of the finest weaponized umbrellas in his fight against Batman. Emmy-winning actor Danny DeVito played the character in 1992’s Batman Returns.
Hill has been a comedic film mainstay with roles in Superbad, 21 Jump Street, and Hail, Caesar. The actor earned two Oscar nominations in Best Supporting Actor for Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. Since 2014, Hill has been the voice of Green Lantern in The Lego Movie franchise.
Putting On The Suit
Both stars are looking to join Pattinson in this forthcoming film. For Pattinson, Batman has been a role he’s wanted for years. He tried getting in touch with The Batman producer Matt Reeves, but he was turned away. “I’d had Batman in my mind for a while. It’s such an absurd thing to say. I sort of had an idea to do it, and I’d been prodding Matt. He didn’t accept any prods. I kept asking to meet him,” he told Vanity Fair.
Easily, the most iconic thing about Batman is the suit. Like every actor before him, Pattinson felt the immense power of Batman. “I put it on. I remember saying to Matt, ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit,’” Pattinson also told Vanity Fair. “You do feel very powerful immediately. And it’s pretty astonishing, something that is incredibly difficult to get into, so the ritual of getting into it is pretty humiliating. You’ve got five people trying to shove you into something. Once you’ve got it on, it’s like, ‘Yeah, I feel strong, I feel tough, even though I had to have someone squeezing my butt cheeks into the legs.’”
Another Exciting Trilogy
The Batman will be the start of a brand new trilogy for the character. Unlike previous Batman films, this one will shine a light on his detective side. Reeves is finding inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock. “For me, point of view is really important. I want to make sure you are experiencing something from the perspective of the main character in the story. I’m a huge Hitchcock fan — I like the idea of being immersed in that perspective. Movies for me are about empathy. The idea is to make you, the audience, feel what the character feels,” Reeves told CNET. The Batman will be released worldwide on June 25, 2021.
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