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Matt Reeves’ The Batman could feature up to six villains, including Penguin, Catwoman

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Late last week we got an update on writer-director Matt Reeves’ long-gestating solo Batman film with reports claiming that Robert Pattinson is the frontrunner in a shortlist of actors being looked at to play a younger Dark Knight now that Ben Affleck has hung up the cape and cowl. Nicholas Hoult’s name was also in the mix, and it later emerged that Armie Hammer and Ansel Elgort are also being considered by Reeves and the folks at Warner Bros.

Of course, those aren’t the headlines you mostly saw though, as we instead got a bunch of articles claiming with premature certainty that Pattinson got the gig in The Batman. This isn’t the case though. The ex-Twilight alum may reportedly be Reeves’s favourite, but nothing has been signed yet. And that brings us to this weekend past when history repeated itself as new potential details about The Batman were revealed and once again saw people talk about them like they were facts.

In this case, it concerns the members of Batman’s rogues gallery that will potentially be seen in the upcoming film. Yes, members, plural, as THR reports that up to half a dozen baddies could be showing up in the film. That’s according to one of THR’s sources, though the likeliest bet is two. Which two? Well, if the reports are to be believed then Reeves will be taking a page out of Tim Burton’s Batman Returns playbook and seeing a rogue double-header in Penguin and Catwoman. THR does say that the latter “purrfect character” could just be “making an appearance in the script” which sounds like Reeves intends to only introduce her now so that she can be brought back for future features.

As for that script, Collider backs up THR’s claims that Pattinson hasn’t been officially cast yet and takes it further by adding that he hasn’t even read the script yet as Reeves is apparently still working on it. And only once Pattinson – or whoever else – signs on the dotted line, will the production move forward to confirm and cast the villains. Josh Gad has been publicly petitioning for the role of physically deformed criminal mastermind Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin, and I could certainly think of worse picks. Meanwhile, there’s a fan contingent who want Kristen Stewart for feline cat burglar Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, mainly just so that they can reunite the Twilight and former real-life couple. Yeah, I don’t see it.

From the sound of things though, we shouldn’t expect an immediate announcement either way as WB is being incredibly thorough in vetting a new cast for this franchise – which they reportedly consider their #1 property, and want to turn into a trilogy – as they don’t want a repeat of what happened with Affleck.

While the Argo Oscar-winner initially drew some bad criticism (especially since he had previously starred in the much-maligned Daredevil movie), he eventually won over plenty of fans for his portrayal of Batman/Bruce Wayne. Unfortunately, he had to play that character in Batman v Superman and Justice League, which were ripped to shreds by critics and underperformed at the box office due to reasons outside his control. Affleck clearly didn’t want another Daredevil experience and began withdrawing his involvement (he was originally supposed to star, direct and co-write The Batman) until he eventually bailed on the role officially earlier in the year.

As for Pattinson, I mentioned last week that he’s definitely a solid pick, especially since Reeves’ film is supposed to be set in the character’s younger years. However, the moment the news broke, misleading headlines and all, this then triggered a ridiculous response from some fans, completely angered that the vampire guy from Twilight would even be considered to play Batman. Online petitions have now sprung up to oust Pattinson from the role that he hasn’t even got yet, as the internet is flooded daily with memes about how Batman will now sparkle or be nothing but a baby-faced pretty boy heartthrob.

Because apparently fans have the memories of goldfish and forget how Michael Keaton’s biggest roles had been comedies Mr. Mom and Beetlejuice before becoming Burton’s Batman, or that Christian Bale had been a former child actor who was mainly only known for a single cult classic in American Psycho and was two years younger than Pattinson is now when he took up the cape in Batman Begins. Then there’s Heath Ledger, the star of several romcoms and A Knight’s Tale who gave us arguably the greatest portrayal of the Joker in any medium in The Dark Knight despite the utter vitriol thrown director Chris Nolan’s way when he cast him for the role. This furore around Pattinson is nothing but the latest spin in the cycle of “fans” hating on something before they’ve even seen it, and it’s utterly tiring.

For Pattinson, it’s been nearly a decade since the Twilight films – which, I remind you, he publicly mocked as much as some of you while he was making them, but he was young and building a career – and since then he’s built up quite the resume working with filmmaking powerhouses like David Cronenberg, David Michod, Werner Herzog, James Gray, the Safdie Brothers, and Claire Denis, and earning rave reviews along the way for his ability to recreate himself for every role. If you can only think of Twilight when you hear mention of Pattinson’s name that’s your fault for not paying attention to genuinely one of the most promising young talents in Hollywood and not a slight on his part.

Last Updated: May 20, 2019

15 Comments

  1. I think they should make a certain talented (but short) local weirdo the next BertMern

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    • Pariah

      May 20, 2019 at 10:23

      The only question for me is that accent, bru. Everything else I’d rate he’d have down pat.

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    • Captain JJ

      May 20, 2019 at 10:23

      It’s you, isn’t it?

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      • Admiral Chief Flammenwerfer

        May 20, 2019 at 10:38

        I said talented, pffff, can’t you read?

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  2. Captain JJ

    May 20, 2019 at 10:23

    Because one thing that past movies like Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman&Robin and Superman III has taught us is that more villains is ALWAYS better.

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    • Admiral Chief Flammenwerfer

      May 20, 2019 at 10:38

      What was wrong with TKDR?

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      • Captain JJ

        May 20, 2019 at 10:38

        Shallow, predictable, boring, try-hard and Sean-Banery. Compared to the two movies before it, it was super watered down and not very well written at all.

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        • Admiral Chief Flammenwerfer

          May 20, 2019 at 10:38

          Well, have you seen the DK trilogy breakdown from NewRockstars? 3x long ass videos. But the writing behind the DK trilogy was quite sublime


          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VEGGgp-M2w

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          • Captain JJ

            May 20, 2019 at 10:38

            Behind the trilogy yea, and the continuity was decent too, but the last movie was not a patch on the two before it. Hell, they barely had a scene with Batman in the night. The story was pretty much deus ex machina from start to finish.

          • Admiral Chief Flammenwerfer

            May 20, 2019 at 10:51

            You are judging the last movie based on the great first one, and supremely magnificent second one, so yeah, weakest of the three, but not really a bad movie as such

          • Captain JJ

            May 20, 2019 at 10:51

            No, by itself as well. Just relied too much on convenience for the story to progress. I just don’t like lazy writing.

            To each their own.

    • Kervyn Cloete

      May 20, 2019 at 11:57

      Well, while I agree on your statement below that TDKR is not that great of a movie, I have to point out that Batman Returns, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight all featured multiple villains.

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      • Captain JJ

        May 23, 2019 at 08:39

        I know, I just didn’t want that list to be Batman movies dominated. XD But you’re right, I agree. It’s not always the case.

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  3. Llama In The Rift

    May 20, 2019 at 11:12

    What i actually remember most about Pattinson was the poor boy who got offed in a Harry Potter film

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