Alas, another iteration of the Batman saga is underway. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is helming a new rendition of the caped crusader for Warner Bros. and, as is tradition with modern superhero flicks, the cast is shaping up to be a star-studded one. Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, and Paul Dano‘s names are attached to the project, while Jeffrey Wright is reported to join.
Reeves’s The Batman is set to release on June 25, 2021. Here’s what we know about the cast so far.
Paul Dano: The Riddler
Paul Dano will take on the role of Edward Nashton, better known as The Riddler, Batman’s puzzling nemesis. The actor frequently appears in award-nominated projects—like Escape at Dannemora, Little Miss Sunshine, and There Will Be Blood—so you know this Batman reboot isn’t messing around.
Jim Carey famously portrayed The Riddler (who then went by the name of Edward Nygma) in 1995’s Batman Forever opposite Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, and Nicole Kidman.
Zoë Kravitz: Catwoman
Warner Bros. has confirmed that the Big Little Lies star will play Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the forthcoming film. As Entertainment Weekly points out, Kravitz previously voiced the role in 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie. She’s the latest Hollywood Cool Girl to slip into the catsuit, following Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry.
It was previously rumored that other actresses considered for the role included Lupita Nyong’o, Tessa Thompson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alexandra Shipp, and Logan Browning. Even The Crown‘s Vanessa Kirby was speculated to be a contender.
Robert Pattinson: Batman
Pattinson follows Ben Affleck and Christian Bale as the latest actor to take on the Dark Knight. His casting was announced in May after weeks of speculation.
While fans of the Twilight star may deem him perfect to play the dark and brooding superhero, Pattinson thinks it’s “kind of insane.” He told Esquire U.K., “I was so far away from ever thinking it was a realistic prospect. I literally do not understand how I’ve got it, at all.”
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Jeffrey Wright: in talks to play Commissioner Gordon
The Westworld star is in negotiations to play Gotham city’s police commissioner, James Gordon, The Hollywood Reporter announced on September 23. If he proceeds to secure the role, Wright will succeed Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight trilogy) and J.K. Simmons (Justice League) as the titular superhero’s bat-signal-helming associate.
Jonah Hill: reportedly in talks to join the cast
Hill’s role in this Batman story remains unclear, and his casting has not yet been fully confirmed, but that didn’t stop fans from getting hyped.
Sources told Variety in late September that Hill was in talks to join the project, and producers had “long wanted” him to be on board, but “casting decisions were put on hold until the role of Batman was filled.” Now that Pattinson has been selected for the lead role, the deal could still crumble, but sources told Variety that Hill is reportedly in consideration for a villain role, which means big bads like The Riddler or The Penguin could be on the table.
Watch this space for more updates on The Batman‘s cast.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
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