It was revealed yesterday that Robert Pattinson is the frontrunner to play the title role in writer and director Matt Reeves’ The Batman, and now we’re learning who the villains may be. According to Heat Vision, The Batman villains will include Catwoman and Penguin!
The two villains were previously featured together in director Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, which was released in 1992. Catwoman was played Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito took on the role of Penguin opposite Michael Keaton’s Batman in that film. Catwoman has also been played on the big screen by Halle Berry in the 2004 movie and by Anne Hathaway in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, which opened in 2012.
The site adds that casting for The Batman villains is not likely to start until the deal with Pattinson is signed, which should be any moment now.
Warner Bros. Pictures has set a June 25, 2021 release date for the anticipated film. The comic book adaptation is expected to start filming in late 2019 or early 2020, with pre-production beginning this summer. Reeves will also produce The Batman with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.
Matt Reeves talked about the film previously, saying: “It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”
The film won’t be an adaptation of Batman: Year One. “We’re not doing any particular [comic],” Reeves added. “Year One is one of the many comic books that I love. We are definitely not doing Year One. It’s just exciting to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and very personal to him. Obviously we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that. We’re doing a story that is definitively Batman though and trying to tell a story that’s emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman.”
He added: “I’ve talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham.”