Taking on Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight
With a release date of June 2021, and filming set to begin in London in just a few months’ time, casting news for The Batman – the big-screen reboot starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson in the lead role, directed by Matt Reeves – is coming thick and fast. This week alone, Reeves confirmed on social media that Zoë Kravitz will play Catwoman:
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) October 14, 2019
Then he was back to announce that Golden Globe nominee Paul Dano will star as the Riddler. The brief Twitter post also names the character’s alter ego, Edward Nashton:
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) October 17, 2019
Zoë Kravitz, the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz, has played Catwoman once before, lending her voice to the character in The Lego Batman Movie a few years ago. Kravitz has also starred in X-Men: First Class, Mad Max: Fury Road, and TV series Big Little Lies.
Dano’s past credits include Escape at Dannemora, 12 Years a Slave, Prisoners, Looper, There Will Be Blood and Little Miss Sunshine. His Golden Globe nomination followed his portrayal of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy. Last year, he made his directorial debut with Wildlife, starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Other cast members include Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, who stars in TV’s Westworld and is currently filming the next Bond flick with Daniel Craig, reprising his role as Felix Leiter. It has also been revealed that Mattson Tomlin (Little Fish) has co-written the screenplay for The Batman with Reeves, with pre-production already under way.
Pattinson, meanwhile, has received praise from various sources for his suitability to play Bruce Wayne/Batman, including Christian Bale, who starred as the character in director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Bale said of the casting, “He’s a fascinating actor, a great choice, he’s interesting.”
Reeves has been attached to the project for a while, originally working with previous Batman actor Ben Affleck. The negative fan reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League saw him leaving the role, and prompted Warner Bros to rethink its comic book movies.