Casting News: Colin Farrell and Andy Serkis Join Robert Pattinson in 'The Batman'
The new Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson is assembling quite the cast. Colin Farrell is in talks to play infamous D.C. villain The Penguin in the eagerly-anticipated comic book adaptation, Deadline reports.
Meanwhile, Variety has news that Andy Serkis is in talks to play Batman's trusty butler Alfred Pennyworth.
Both roles have been memorably realized on screen before. Danny DeVito famously played The Penguin in 1992's Batman Returns, while Sir Michael Caine and Jeremy Irons have both portrayed Pennyworth in relatively recent movies. In this year's Joker, Douglas Hodge appears as Batman's loyal butler.
The Penguin is the third villain lined up to cause trouble for Pattinson's caped crusader. Zoë Kravitz has been cast as Catwoman, while Paul Dano has landed the equally iconic role of the Riddler. Westworld's Jeffrey Wright will play Gotham City's police chief, Commissioner James Gordon.
Simply titled The Batman, the upcoming superhero movie is being directed by Matt Reeves, who previously made Cloverfield and War of the Planet of the Apes. Pattinson was cast in the title role in May after the movie's producers made a choice between the Twilight actor and Nicholas Hoult. Pattinson has recently revealed he was "nervous" about losing the role after he was linked to the project in the media before anything was made official.
The Batman is set for release on June 25, 2021, with shooting expected to begin either later this year or in early 2020. Bring it on!
Are you getting excited about The Batman, or is it too soon for another trip to Gotham City?