He’s Hollywood’s favourite caped crusader, and now that we all know – and have come to terms with – Robert Pattinson playing the titular role of Batman, we can now start looking to the rest of the cast so as to get an idea on what this prequel film will entail.
The Batman reboot is primed to breathe new life into the franchise, after less than favourable reviews of Batman vs Superman. At just 32-years-old, Pattinson will be the youngest actor to take to the screen as Batman, which isn’t such a bad thing when you consider the fact that director Matt Reeves wants to feature a younger Bruce Wayne and chronicle the start of his superhero career.
Reeves is of course taking over the reigns from Ben Affleck, who not only hung up his cape as Batman but also stepped down from director. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel he said of the decision, “I couldn’t crack it,” and added, “It was time to let someone else take a shot.”
If new reports from an early document from the production team are anything to go by, Reeves certainly appears to have a handle on the new film and the villains he wants to introduce. While it was originally rumoured that Scarecrow and Bane would be the main antagonists, now that doesn’t seem to be true. The production document suggests there are six villains.
It’s important to note however, that as this is only an initial document, changes and roles are subject to change as things progress (and Hollywood has a way of ensuring they do).
Nevertheless, here are the six villains set to star in The Batman alongside R. Patz.
Known as Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, it’s believed that the Penguin will be one of the main antagonists in Matt Reeve’s The Batman. The Penguin is one of Batman’s oldest foes and is known for his trick umbrella which conceals a variety of deadly weapons and gadgets. According to the document reports, Penguin could be anywhere from “20 to 40” but is described as a “short, obese man with a long nose.”
One of the most iconic villains, who has launched the careers of many an actress who has slipped into the cat suit, Catwoman is expected to be around 20- to 30-years old. The character goes by the real name Selina Kyle, and when she first appeared in comics, she was a whip-carrying burglar with a taste for high stake thefts. Writers have since portrayed her as an orphan in an effort to establish a history of abuse and neglect, leading to her thievery.
One of the most well known enemies of Batman, The Riddler also goes by the name Edward “E.” Nigma. Known for his purple domino mask and green question mark-covered costume, few actors have managed to portray the character as anything but comical. Matt Reeves appears to be seeking an actor aged 30- to 40-years-old for the role, our only hope is that he can pull it off.
Harvey Dent was Gotham City’s first amiable and courteous district attorney, along with one of Batman’s strongest allies until acid was thrown in his face and he was left hideously scarred forever. Following the accident, Two-Face is now considered a criminal mastermind and Reeves is also seeking actors aged 30- to 40-years-old for the part.
It’s believed that Firefly, also known as Garfield Lynns, will be a “male, 20-30” according to reports that surfaced online. The character is described as “a professional arsonist” who “attempts to burn all the places he didn’t have the privilege to go to as an orphan child.”
Jervis Tetch – the name behind the famed villain – is an older character, said to be between the ages of 40- to 50-years-old. Much like the traditional portrayal of the villain, Mad Hatter is “a scientists who invents and uses technological mind-controlling devices to influence and manipulate the minds of his victims.”
The Batman is expected to start shooting early next year, with the anticipation of a June 25, 2021 release date. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with the latest news and information as it transpires.