Writer-director Matt Reeves has been hard at work developing a brand new script for his Batman movie after the previous script when Ben Affleck was attached to direct and star in the titular role was scrapped.
This new incarnation seems to be bringing back a villain from Batman’s rogues gallery we’re all familiar with.
Our friend Daniel Richtman seeming has seen some intel on the Batman’s casting as he reveals on his Twitter account that Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin will indeed be a villain in the film, a second unnamed villain is also being cast in the film too.
Penguin confirmed. Other Villain in the Batman breakdown is unnamed. UGH!
— Daniel Richtman (@DanielRPK) January 20, 2019
Interesting enough, the Penguin has been teased for the DCU before by Variety’s Justin Kroll suggesting he’d show up in either upcoming DC Comics movies Birds of Prey or The Batman previously.
Reeves is still working on the script, so that could always change but of the multiple BIRDS OF PREY scripts submitted, one does have the Penguin as the main heavy. Either way, it seems WB wants this character cast in the universe sooner rather then later.
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) May 30, 2018
Also, actor Josh Gad had been campaigning for the role of The Penguin on social media for months. The original assumption is that he was being cast in Suicide Squad 2 until the film was getting a complete page-one rewrite from James Gunn.
This showed up this month on his Twitter account.
Good Knight pic.twitter.com/5qu6HOn1qL
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 14, 2019
We’re also expecting that a new actor will be replacing Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, as trades have reported a much younger version of the character is expected. There are strong signs that a younger actor is indeed being cast as Bruce.
Also, if casting breakdowns are coming out in January there is a good chance they’re already seeking actors for The Batman as production might be happening sooner than others have expected. TheHollywoodReporter recently suggested that The Batman could begin shooting between now and November, giving Warner Bros. a huge window to start filming. Despite, previous hints pointing to a summer production, not a fall one.
Warner Bros. has yet to announce an official release date but if filming begins this year a release in 2020 or 2021 is very likely.
SOURCE: DANIEL RICHTMAN