The past few months have been packed with casting announcements for the newest Batman movie, The Batman. At the end of May, DC fans everywhere were shocked to discover that Robert Pattinson would be the next Batman.
Since that announcement, several more casting announcements have been made. Jeffrey Wright, best known for his roles in Westworld and The Hunger Games franchise, was revealed as Commissioner Gordon. And Zoe Kravitz, daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, best known for her roles in the Fantastic Beasts franchise and Big Little Lies, was cast as Catwoman/Selina Kyle.
These casting announcements have created a lot of buzz for The Batman, which has a very different picture of Gotham than previous interpretations of the comic book city.
The movie is receiving lots of praise for having such a diverse cast, which is considered much more representative of an urban setting than previous Gothams. Fans are also pleased to see such talented Black actors in lead roles in a comic book movie, something only Black Panther has previously accomplished.
Some other big names attached to the movie include John Turturro as Gotham mob boss Carmine Falcone, Collin Farrel as the Penguin, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Paul Dano as The Riddler.
But What About Batgirl?
Since Wright was announced as Commissioner Gordon, many fans began to speculate as to whether Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl would appear in The Batman, and who would play her if she did.
In the comics, Barbara Gordon is Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, who becomes Batgirl. A superhero extraordinaire in her own right, Batgirl often fights side by side with Batman and Robin.
Since Wright is Black, it has been assumed that if Barbara Gordon is making an appearance, she would also be Black, which would mean another major role for a person of color in The Batman. Speculation about which actress would fit in the role has been flying around the Internet.
But it seems the time for speculation is over! In November it was announced that Jayme Lawson would be playing Barbara Gordon.
Who Is Jayme Lawson?
Never heard of Lawson? You’re not alone. She’s a Hollywood newcomer. But that doesn’t mean she’s new to acting.
Lawson recently graduated from Julliard, one of the most prestigious performance schools in the United States. During her time at Julliard, Lawson played some of the most famous roles in theater history including Juliet, Lady Macbeth, and Hamlet, yes a gender-bent production of Hamlet.
After she graduated, Lawson headed straight for the professional stage instead of the Hollywood screens. She is currently in an off-Broadway production of For Colored Girls, which is a stage interpretation of a poem by Ntozake Shange.
So, even though Jayme Lawson isn’t yet a household name like her castmates, she’s bringing a ton of talent and experience to the movie.
The Lown Down on The Batman
Other than the casting announcements, there isn’t much information about The Batman out there yet. Matt Reeves, best known for his work on Cloverfield and The Planet of the Apes franchise, will be directing. But he’s remained tight-lipped about the plot.
Pretty much all that’s known is that the movie will take place in the 90s and that it will be more of a crime noir film than previous Batman movies. The plot will focus more on Batman’s skills as a detective a la the original Detective Comics days than on the action. But rumor has it the original script has been rewritten to include more action to make it a more mainstream comic book movie.
The fact that the movie is set in the 90s does suggest that the movie will focus on Batman’s early days fighting crime. According to the DC Universe timeline, Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered in the mid-80s, so the 90s would be about when Bruce Wayne first put on the Batman suit.
No matter what the movie ends up being about, the casting announcements so far are intriguing enough to keep us all interested!
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