Volume Eight, Issue Forty-One!
“The Bat, The Cop, and ????”
Now that Robert Pattinson has signed on to answer the bat-signal, it’s time to start filling out the rest of Gotham, and what better place to start than with one of the Batman’s closet allies, Commissioner Gordon. While many were expecting that we’d see J.K. Simmons’ return to the role after Justice League, but after that film’s underperformance, it looks like Gordon is getting put into the reboot machine as well, and now he’s being played by none other than Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright.
While not a choice that crossed my mind at all, Jeffrey Wright is a fantastic actor who can give the role the kind of depth you wouldn’t expect it to need. Both Gary Oldman and JK Simmons made pretty strong impressions with the role, despite having minimal screen time compared to the Dark Knight (Simmons especially). Of course, Wright doesn’t look like the Gordon we know from the comics and other Batman media, but let’s hope that after Billy Dee Williams’ Harvey Dent, Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Michael B Jordan’s Human Torch, and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman that we won’t have to go down the same dumb conversation paths that we have before (I have a sad feeling that we will, though).
With an ally cast, it’s time for a villain to enter the picture, and arguably more surprising than Wright’s casting is the fact that Jonah Hill is in talks to play The Riddler. Or Penguin. Or even Calendar Man However he plays, it’s definitely a weird choice. But it also Could be be great. That’ll depend on how director Matt Reeves chooses to depict the character he will play. There’s no way that Hill could pull of the over the top Riddler like Frank Gorshin or Jim Carrey, and he seems too on the nose to be Penguin, but as a more grounded take on Calendar Man,, like the animated series or Arkham Asylum video game version of Riddler? Well, now we’re talking.
Either way, it’s exciting to see some movement on this next Batman film. It’s been a loooong time coming, and it’s truly a trip to think about the initial plans for this film, which would have had Ben Affleck writing, directing, and starring as the Dark Knight going up against Deathstroke. While I’ll always wonder what that film could’ve been, I won’t lie that I’m getting very cautiously excited to see what Reeves, Pattinson, and now Wright and (potentially) Hill will have in store for us in the cinema.