There’s a good chance that Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves will be teaming up for the screen once again, but without all of the CGI motion-capture gear.
ComicBook.com reports that Serkis is rumored to play one of the many villains included in The Batman opposite Robert Pattinson. His role is unknown, but fans have pushed for him to be cast as the Penguin since the film was announced. The chances are even more likely now, given that the film will be inspired by Batman: The Long Halloween, which includes the iconic villain.
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Serkis and Reeves have a successful working relationship after the Planet of the Apes franchise, and Serkis has expressed excitement for any opportunity to collaborate again:
Oh, for sure! I mean, I’d go to the edge of the created universe with Matt Reeves. I mean, he’s the most brilliant director. I would work with anything with him again, y’know, I mean, I absolutely adore him and we’re very good friends, close friends, and I think he’s an extraordinary director so, for sure.
Serkis’s other recent big-franchise commitments have also concluded. His Caesar in the Planet of the Apes trilogy is dead. His Ulysses Klaue in Black Panther is dead. His Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars is dead. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be given a coveted Batman role.
Like all recently vacated roles, rumor has been circulating the role of Gotham’s Dark Knight. As Batfleck settles into the past, a coveted opportunity opens up for a wide variety of hungry actors. Everyone from Jon Hamm (Yes) and Armie Hammer to Jon Snow (No) and Edward Cullen (Maybe, who knows?) have been linked to the cape and scowl in previous weeks. However, all these rumors have been confirmed as malarkey.
Most of the time the list of rumors we find on the internet aren’t even as ridiculous as they should be; they’re often pretty possible. However, here are some Batman casting rumors (some spiced with only a hint of believability and others more so) I hope to hear in the time leading up to Matt Reeves’ The Batman…
Maisie Williams (anointed with the powers of Arya Stark)
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Batman could be described as a faceless man. More of a symbol than a man, Bruce Wayne runs around Gotham City giving people hope; the line from 2005’s Batman Begins goes “as flesh and blood I can be ignored, I can be destroyed but as a symbol, as a symbol, I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting.” Well, I’ll be dipped in an existential crisis that makes me turn to a life of secluded vigilantism if this philosophy doesn’t align with that of The Faceless Men based in Bravos from Game Of Thrones.
This guild of assassins specializes in the relinquishment of identity and possess the ability to shapeshift and change faces. As we all know, everyone’s (living) favorite Stark is taken in by the guild and trained to be a faceless man. Not only do Arya’s combat abilities make her an obvious bat-person choice but her supernatural abilities would be a gamechanger. Also, Arya’s upbringing is eerily like that of Bruce Wayne’s…
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In Westeros, The Faceless Men are well renowned shapeshifting assassins. In the real world, Meryl Streep is a well renowned shapeshifting assassin—in that she kills it. Arguably the greatest actor EVER, Streep’s transformative nature is unparalleled. Twenty-one Oscar nominations and counting. We owe it to ourselves, nigh the world to appoint such an icon as the face of the DC universe. #MerylStreep2020. The Mirror actually did an article about this back in 2016, referencing Meryl Streep’s reaction to that rumor at the time.
Timothée Chalamet (accent game on point)
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Okay, so I’ve joked about this before, but for real; if one were to assign this kid the task of fighting crime in Gotham, he would demolish expectations. I’m sure Timothée would stock up on the whey protein, chicken and chocolate milk whilst doing pushups all day long. This would move him from Indie life into the realm of overwhelming celebrity. Not only does Timothée Chalamet have the acting chops (having already been nominated for an Academy Award) but he fits the bill regarding DC’s idea of a younger Batman in Reeves upcoming film. He could literally be the studio’s Batman for the next thirty years.
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When this man acts, we call him Donald Glover and when he raps, we call him Childish Gambino; we do this without questioning it or ever really talking about it. Basically, Donald Glover already inhabits two entirely separate personas so well that some people don’t even realize the two are one and the same. That’s Batman/Bruce Wayne AF. In addition to this display of dual life swagger, Donald Glover was an amazing Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story (or, at least, I thought so).
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Bruce Wayne needs to be handsome and charming. False. Batman needs to be strong and intimidating. False. Pete Holmes proved these falsehoods when he took it upon himself to don the cape himself in a series of web parodies. These skits recreated scenes from Christopher Nolan’s Batman films—the comedic twist was often that Batman is either incompetent or sex-obsessed. If the studio really wanted to bring something new and fresh to the table…
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The hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a Dark Knight.
Always and Forever *Heart Emoji*
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The guy from HISHE
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How It Should Have Ended or HISHE is an animated web series that parodies films through changing their endings and pointing out their flaws. An ongoing theme of their superhero related videos is the interjection of Batman and Superman having coffee Seinfeld-style. They discuss everything from the Marvel vs. DC rivalry to Batman’s impervious nature. Superman will ask Batman “How?” to which Batman always replies, “Because I’m Batman!” Below is a clip where the brilliant people over at HISHE parody that scene from the 1996 Jon Favreau film Swingers.
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Just because I’m a BIG fan. Ten times fiercer than Batman and twenty times more charming than Bruce Wayne. I’ll probably include Ms. Stone on every list I write until the end of time. Henceforth, she shall be my reoccurring motif. But really, odd numbers in lists just get more clicks according to “experts.” She could definitely do it though; many internet fanatics have imagined this national treasure as Batgirl already:
Oscar Isaac can pretty much do anything. He has already played a mysterious CEO in Ex Machina (although a very sinister one) and rocked the gunslinger mentality in the Star Wars Trilogy. He’s been attached to the role via the internet in the past for a while and fans seem to love it. My only request would be that of a melancholy musical number because Oscar Isaac is a god damn songbird…
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The much discussed, sometimes controversial, era of Ben Affleck’s Batman is officially over. He ended up swaying a lot of non-believers, but apparently, it wasn’t enough. For those of you Fleckies (Ben Affleck fans) who were hoping to see Chuckie from Good Will Hunting don the cape one last time whilst reminding us of our potential as mathematicians will just have to bury that dream. Warner Bros. has officially set a June 25th, 2021 release date for Matt Reeve’s The Batman and Ben of the clan Affleck will not be reprising the role. This is apparently because the film wishes to focus on the story of a younger Batman, or maybe Ben Affleck just has a lot going on these days.
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It would seem Affleck’s exclusion from the film has not dampened his excitement for the Batman franchise:
But who will play the caped crusader/Bruce Wayne now? Personally, I really hope Warnes Bros. throws a curveball and casts Timothee Chalamet; the kid is all the rage right now and with the right amount of protein and pushups, I believe he could do it. Not really. The smart pick is to go with someone like Michael B. Jordan or Ryan Gosling… Let’s just bring back Christian Bale in all his hide and seek glory.
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A more important question is the question of story. What will this new dark knight flick be about? In the spirit of opinionated nerdgasms, the following list compiles some interesting comic book storylines that could and should be depicted on the silver screen.
Batman: The Long Halloween (1996 & 1997)
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This thirteen-issue series was written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Tim Sale. In line with the concept of a “younger Batman,” this story follows the caped crusader during his early days of crime fighting; a mysterious killer named Holiday murders people on holidays…our bat-dressed friend has to rush against the calendar each month as he tries to stop the killer. There’s also a crime war going on between the Maroni and Falcone families going and a cool introduction to a classic Batman foe.
Batman: Knightfall(1993 & 1994)
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This storyline consists of a trilogy worth of content and takes place over the course of six months. Written and drawn by…a bunch of people; this is the story of Bane breaking Batman’s back—previously the inspiration for that scene in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. After the back-breaking, Batman chooses a replacement, who turns out be a crazed and violent “New Batman” who tarnishes the dark knight’s reputation. A lot of the themes in this storyline are vaguely like Christopher Nolan’s Franchise but it’s still worth considering.
3. Batman: Hush(2002 & 2003)
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This twenty-two-issue series was written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair. The villain of this story is the not so friendly neighborhood stalker named Hush, who is hell-bent on sabotaging Batman. The storyline includes appearances by a hand full of classic Batman villains and explores the romantic relationship between Batman and Catwoman. A lot of casting and awesomeness would need to happen, so it probably won’t.
Batman: Death of the Family (2012 & 2013)
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Twenty-three issues, an obtuse number of artists, and featuring pretty much every Batman supporting character ever: Batgirl, Robin, Catwoman, Nightwing, Red Hood, the Teen Titans, and Suicide Squad. In this storyline, the Joker goes HAM (forgive me for this awful acronym) and attempts to destroy everyone Batman has ever relied on. The title is a reference to Batman: A Death in the Family (1988) where the Joker kills Robin. Both are good ideas; the former makes sense given the characters that have already been introduced in the DC universe and the latter because a flashback movie would keep Ben Affleck as Batman, in a way. It was hinted in Batman V. Superman that the Joker killed Robin.
Batman: Zero Year (2013 &2014)
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This year-long crossover event was written Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV and drawn by Greg Capullo, Rafael Albuquerque and Danny Miki. Basically, a reboot, this storyline attempts to retell Batman’s origin in a unique and exciting way. I guess only fanatics would call it new—thematically it’s pretty much the same. There’s flood and flashbacks; similar yet fresh. Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One(1987) would also be an obvious choice regarding “young” and “origin story.”
Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (1989)
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This graphic novel was written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Dave McKean. The story follows Batman as he attempts to calm a riot taking place in Arkham Asylum, which is, of course, the psychiatric hospital home to many of Gotham’s most sinister inhabitants. Batman encounters many of his classic villains who have changed from their well-known personas. This one is a bit of an origin story for the Asylum instead as we find out about the establishment of the hospital and the mysteries surrounding it.
Batman: Year Two (1987) /Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993 film)
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Written by Mike W. Barr and drawn by Alan Davis, Alfredo Alcala, Mark Farmer, Paul Neary, and Todd McFarlane this story arc deals with Gotham’s original vigilante The Reaper. Batman develops a relationship with the daughter of The Reaper and a “don’t date my daughter” pissing match ensues. Really though, it’s better than that. The 1993 animated film was inspired by this storyline; it follows a similar vigilante who murders Gotham’s crime bosses but is named Phantasm instead of The Reaper.
Honorable Mention: JLA: Tower of Babel (2000) as a Justice League movie.