As Matt Reeves’ The Batman begins filming Warner Bros. has announced (officially) the cast members coming to play in Gotham, including some all new characters.
Though it’s technically been filming for a little bit, today brings the formal announcement of The Batman starting production, which means we get some official casting confirmations and even who they’re playing. Matt Reeves himself shared an unrevealing set pic last night to mark the start of production:
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) January 27, 2020
The cast and who they’re playing was also revealed in the press release (which I’ve included in full below), but to make it a little easier, here are our new Gotham City players:
Zoë Kravitz – Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman)
Paul Dano – Edward Nasthon (aka Edward “The Riddler” Nigma)
Jeffrey Wright – James Gordon
John Turturro – Carmine Falcone
Peter Sarsgaard – Gotham DA Gil Colson
Jayme Lawson – Mayoral candidate Bella Reál
Andy Serkis – Alfred
Colin Farrell – Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin)
Obviously some of these we knew, but on others it’s nice to have confirmation. It’s interesting to see that there are still a couple all new characters thrown in amongst the familiar names.
Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Batman.” Director Matt Reeves (the “Planet of the Apes” films) is at the helm, with Robert Pattinson (upcoming “Tenet,” “The Lighthouse,” “Good Time”) starring as Gotham City’s vigilante detective, Batman, and billionaire Bruce Wayne.
Starring alongside Pattinson as Gotham’s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (the “Hunger Games” films) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Black Mass”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Dumbo”) as Oswald Cobblepot.
Reeves and Dylan Clark (the “Planet of the Apes” films) are producing the film, with Simon Emanuel, Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada and Chantal Nong Vo serving as executive producers. Reeves’ behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (“Lion,” upcoming “Dune”); his “Planet of the Apes” production designer, James Chinlund; editors William Hoy (the “Planet of the Apes” films) and Tyler Nelson (“Rememory”); Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Dan Lemmon (“The Jungle Book”); Oscar-nominated SFX supervisor Dominic Tuohy (“1917,” “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker”); Oscar-nominated sound mixer Stuart Wilson (“1917,” the “Star Wars” franchise); Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (“1917,” “Little Women,” “Anna Karenina”) and costume designers Glyn Dillon (the “Star Wars” franchise) and David Crossman (“1917,” the “Star Wars” franchise); hair designer Zoe Tahir (upcoming “No Time to Die,” “Spectre”); and Oscar-nominated makeup designer Naomi Donne (“1917”).
While I was kinda hoping an image of our new Caped Crusader would accompany the start of production press release, I have a hunch eager fans won’t have to wait much longer. As filming starts and action sequences are slated to take to the streets (literally) in the next month, I imagine they’ll release something official before set pics give it away.
The Batman is slated to hit theaters on June 25, 2021.