It’s been eight years since the last solo big screen Batman outing, but you can’t keep the Caped Crusader down for long. A new Batman film, simply titled The Batman, will be hitting movie theaters in the fall of 2021. Initially set to star Ben Affleck, who’d also direct, the film shifted gears after he departed the project. It is now in its own continuity, apart from the DCEU. Here’s everything we know so far about the long-awaited return of Gotham’s Guardian to the big screen.
Using Twitter, Reeves has confirmed a number of the film’s cast members and their characters. After appearing in Lord of the Rings, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Planet of the Apes and Star Wars, Andy Serkis is making his transition to the world of DC films as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Wright is James Gordon, Bruce Wayne’s chief ally in the Gotham police force. Peter Sarsgaard is district attorney Gil Colson, Barry Keoghan is Gotham cop Stanley Merkel, and Jayme Lawson is a character named Bella Reál.
The upcoming film is also chock full of iconic DC villains. Collin Farrell is Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. Penguin; Paul Dano is the Riddler a.k.a. Edward Nashton; Zoe Kravitz is Catwoman a.k.a. Selina Kyle; and John Turturro is Gotham City crime boss Carmine Falcone.