‘The Batman’ Villains Revealed: Here’s Who Robert Pattinson Will Be Fighting
Now that Matt Reeves has found his Bruce Wayne in Robert Pattinson, done deal or not, the writer-director has turned his attention to The Batman‘s rogues gallery of villains, which will include the Penguin and Catwoman, according to the Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision newsletter.
The Penguin and Catwoman were previously featured in Tim Burton‘s Batman Returns, where they were played by Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer, respectively. Two decades later, Anne Hathaway played Catwoman in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, although the character was never referred to as “Catwoman.” Instead, she was called either “The Cat” or her real name, Selina Kyle.
Reeves won’t begin casting Batman’s rogues gallery until Pattinson closes his deal, which is believed to be imminent. This despite the fact that, to the best of my knowledge, the Twilight star hasn’t even read the script yet, because it still isn’t quite finished. But surely Reeves shared his plans with Pattinson when the two met, and it’s safe to assume he already has actors in mind to play the villains. The real question is whether Reeves will gender-flip the Penguin or perhaps another antagonist, such as the Riddler, who has also been rumored to make an appearance — though that remains unconfirmed. After all, Reeves will have to keep some surprises up his sleeve and save something special for the sequel, just like Nolan did by waiting until the second film in his Bat trilogy to introduce the Joker and Two-Face.
Josh Gad hasn’t been shy on social media about lobbying to play the Penguin, and I think he’d make an excellent choice, though I could say the same about Jonah Hill and even Melissa McCarthy. All three of them would make a great comic book villain. Regarding Catwoman, it’s anyone’s guess, but can you imagine what someone like Saoirse Ronan could do with that role? She earned three Oscar nominations before her 25th birthday, and would be a very intriguing choice, though she has largely avoided big-budget franchise films. Then again, so has Pattinson.
Mackenzie Davis could also be interesting, and she has been on the verge of a comic book movie for some time, having most recently passed on a role in Marvel’s Black Widow that eventually went to Florence Pugh. Before that, the Terminator: Dark Fate star was eyed for Domino in Deadpool 2 as well as a role in Drew Goddard‘s planned Sinister Six movie.
Again, I haven’t heard that any of those actors have met with Reeves — unlike Ansel Elgort, the star of WB’s The Goldfinch and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story, who met with the director to discuss the title role — they just come to mind as strong possibilities, based on interest they’ve received for past studio tentpoles.
Warner Bros. will release The Batman on June 25, 2021. Stay tuned for more casting news, because with production starting this fall, it’s about to get crazy ’round these parts.
SYFY Developing LOBO Spin-Off Series Based on KRYPTON Character
When SYFY held the Season 2 premiere for the Superman prequel series Krypton. One of the bigger selling points for the new season was that it would introduce the Czarnian mercenary Lobo, as played by Irish actor Emmett J Scanlan. Apparently, SYFY have much bigger plans for Lobo, as the cable network announced it’s developing a Lobo spin-off series for Scanlan’s character.
Krypton‘s executive producer Cameron Welsh will write the script and exec. produce the spinoff that may or may not have a pilot ordered, depending on whether SYFY likes said script. Clearly, SYFY are bullish that viewers will want to see more of Scanlan as Lobo.
Meant as a recurring character in the new season of Krypton, Scanlan’s Lobo has been featured fairly heavily in the commercials for Season 2, mainly because there has yet to be a live action version of the character. The decision might seem a little odd considering that SYFY is part of the NBC/Universal/Comcast family, and WarnerMedia seems to be trying to develop original shows for its DC Universe streaming service and presumably for its own upcoming streaming service. (Of course, DC Universe’s latest Swamp Thing series has already been cancelled, creating more concern for the future of the streaming service following the AT&T acquisition.)
On top of that, the THR version of this story mentions that Warner Bros. is still trying to develop Lobo to have his own movie, possibly eyeing Transformers’ Michael Bay to direct. A movie version of Lobo has been in some form of development for over a decade with the likes of Guy Ritchie and Dwayne Johnson expressing interest in making it, but for whatever reason, every attempt to make a Lobo movie has stalled.
Lobo was first introduced way back in 1983 as a character in Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen’s Omega Men, but the character really took off when writer Alan Grant and artist Simon Bisley gave Lobo his own mini-series Lobo: The Last Czarnian in 1990. This was a far lewder and graphically-violent version of the character more in line with the duo’s work in 2000 AD, although they hadn’t worked together on the weekly British comics anthology. (Bisley drew ABC Warriors and Sláine, written by Pat Mills.) The duo (along with Giffen) gave Lobo an origin as the last of his race, having killed all the other Czarnians, but the series also built up his power base to make him nye indestructible and able to regenerate. At the time, it was obviously an attempt to create a DC counterpart to Marvel’s hugely popular Wolverine. The mini-series proved successful enough for DC Comics to produce a number of mini-series and one-offs.
Lobo has been noticeably absent from the comics as of late, appearing in Suicide Squad as well as a short-lived Justice League of America spin-off a few years back. He seems to be trapped currently in one of Brainiac’s glass bottles until DC or some brave comic creator decides to release him on readers once again.
If you’re a Lobo fan, sound off in the comments about what you think about the little you’ve seen of Scanlan in the role of Lobo on Krypton and whether you can see him carrying his own series.
Also, is Michael Bay the right director for a Lobo movie or might that be just a little over the top even for Lobo?