This is Rumor Control. Here are the facts. Matt Reeve‘s The Batman is finally happening after what seems like an eternity in various stages of development. With Ben Affleck officially out as the Caped Crusader, Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse, Cosmopolis) has been enlisted to suit up in his place; with principal photography scheduled to begin in late 2019 in London, England. Other than that, we really don’t know too much about the project other than it will reportedly be a noir narrative focused more on Bruce Wayne utilizing his detective skills to solve a high-profile murder earlier in his career as Batman. According to Geeks WorldWide, this whodunnit will supposedly bring Batman into contact with a slew of supervillains who have both appeared in past live-action media (repeatedly) and some brand new ones. The report states the primary antagonist will be The Riddler, described as “a criminal mastermind in Gotham City who takes delight in incorporating riddles and puzzles into his schemes, leaving them as clues for the authorities to solve.” Reeves is reportedly seeking a male actor of any ethnicity between the ages of 30 and 40 for the part, who was last played in live-action by Jim Carrey in 1995’s Batman Forever opposite Val Kilmer as the Caped Crusader. The Penguin and Catwoman are also slated to appear, characterized as a “short, obese [Gotham City mobster] with a long nose [who] uses high-tech umbrellas as weapons” and a “Gotham City burglar [who] wears a tight one piece outfit and uses a bullwhip for a weapon” respectively. Reeves reportedly wants a male actor of any ethnicity between the ages of 20 and 40 and an actress of any ethnicity between the ages of 20 and 30. Both characters also appeared in a past Batman film, 1992’s Batman Returns, played by Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer. The last villain rumored to appear is Firefly, “a professional arsonist” who “attempts to burn all the places that he lacked the privilege to go as an orphan child.” Reeves is said to be looking for a male actor of any ethnicity between the ages of 20 and 30 for the part. Andrew Dunbar (Dragged Across Concrete) portrayed the character on The CW’s Arrow while Michelle Veintimilla (Seven Seconds, The Gifted) played a gender-swapped, original iteration on Fox’s Gotham.
The Batman is currently slated to hit theaters on June 25, 2021.
Source: Geeks WorldWide