The Batman 2021 Cast Round-Up: All Actors Announced
The Batman might not be swooping into theaters for another year, but a whole colony of actors have descended beneath the spotlights of Gotham City to fulfill some of the Bat-franchise’s most iconic roles in Matt Reeves’ highly anticipated reboot.
The long-gestating superhero solo film is set to be a “noir-driven” detective story, which will plunge into the complex psyche of the man behind the mask as he confronts a rogues’ gallery of infamous villains, recently announced in the complete cast list released by Warner Bros.
We’ve rounded up the all-star cast and listed the details in the Who’s Who pages of the Gotham Gazette, which we’ve reprinted below. So go ahead and throw up the Bat-signal, summon your friends, and find out who’s taking up the cowl in the DCEU’s next Batman tale.
Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman
Robert Pattinson is trading in his vampire fangs for bat wings, as the Twilight star is set to take over the role of the Dark Knight in the upcoming reboot.
Following his turn in the tween vampire series, Pattinson showcased his range and depth by portraying a variety of characters on the big screen. In recent years, he attracted critical acclaim for his robust filmography of independent films, including 2019’s The Lighthouse alongside Willem Dafoe.
Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth
Andy Serkis is breaking out of his customary motion-capture suits to slip into a sharper-looking tuxedo to play Batman’s beloved butler Alfred Pennyworth.
Over the course of his career, Serkis has starred in some of the biggest blockbuster franchises of all time, playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot series, and Ulysses Klaue in Marvel’s Black Panther and Avengers: Age of Ultron ahead of his DCEU role.
Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon
Jeffrey Wright is stepping away from his CIA work as Felix Leiter in Daniel Craig’s James Bond era to further exploit his detective skills as Commissioner Gordon.
After his breakthrough role as Jean-Michel Basquiat in the 1996 film Basquiat, Wright has appeared in numerous films and television series. His recurring roles on the small screen include turns as Belize in Angels in America, Valentin Narcisse in Boardwalk Empire, and Bernard Lowe in Westworld.
Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman
Zoë Kravitz is sauntering onto the scene as the coolest cat in all of Gotham City, as she cartwheels into the role of DC’s famous feline thief Catwoman.
Kravitz is no stranger to the superhero genre, as she first rose to fame playing Angel Salvadore in 2011’s X-Men: First Class. More recently, she voiced Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Catwoman in The Lego Batman Movie, so she will be on the second of her nine lives with this outing.
Paul Dano as Edward Nashton / The Riddler
Riddle us this: which cane-carrying citizen loves to commit cleverly calculated crimes across Gotham City? *Spoiler alert* It’s Paul Dano’s The Riddler.
Dano started his career on stage before making his film debut in the 2000s family drama The Newcomers. Since then, he has received multiple accolades for his emotionally-driven character studies, which include Alex Jones in Prisoners, John Tibeats in 12 Years a Slave, and his dual roles as Paul and Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood.
Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin
He may not have carried the cane in the circus tent of Disney’s Dumbo remake, but Colin Farrell is soon to be wielding an umbrella as Oswald Cobblepot, aka Penguin.
In a filmography spanning more than 20 years, Farrell has gone from being the background bad boy to one of Hollywood’s leading men. He has appeared in a swathe of memorable roles and attracted international box-office appeal with films such as Phone Booth, S.W.A.T., and The Recruit early on his career.
John Turturro as Carmine Falcone
John Turturro is going to be taking a break from the bowling alley to hideout in Crime Alley, playing the infamous Gotham City gangster Carmine Falcone.
Turturro has collaborated with several acclaimed filmmakers in his long-spanning career as a character actor. He has teamed up with the Coen Brothers on numerous films, including O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Big Lebowski, the latter of which he played mobster Jesus Quintana for the laughs.
Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál
Jayme Lawson is swapping the corridors of Juilliard for the streets of Gotham City, as she is set to be playing with politics as mayoral candidate Bella Reál.
Lawson landed her first film role as Sylvia in 2020’s Farewell Amor, which will debut at Sundance Film Festival this year. It was previously rumored that Lawson would be portraying Batgirl, however, since Barbara Gordon ran for political office in the comics, fans are still wondering whether this character profile could be a “Reál” red herring.
Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson
Peter Sarsgaard will be putting on a brave face, fighting injustice as the Gotham District Attorney Gil Colson, not Harvey Dent, as heavily speculated before the official announcement.
Sarsgaard is an enigmatic actor who has appeared in over 60 different roles on screen. His first feature role was in Dead Man Walking in 1995. From there, he received critical acclaim for his turn in Boys Don’t Cry and Shattered Glass, for which he received a 2004 Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Holy casting, Batman! What are your thoughts on the star-studded line-up? Which casting decision is your favorite?
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