Say Goodnight To The Bad Guy
Since announcing a new Batman in Robert Pattinson, things are starting to take shape for Matt Reeves’ new film. With a start date of early 2020 and a release date of June 25th, 2021, it was only a matter of time before we learned about the bad guys. With rumors floating around that The Batman could feature several villains, many started questioning who it might be.
You would think that with a new Batman film, Reeves might ease into the ‘right’ villain one at a time. After all, this is the reactionary Warner Bros. we’re talking about. Just look what happened to Zack Snyder’s Justice League film to see they react to negative reviews quick. But that’s semantics. Reeves made it clear he was going for broke as early as last year when he tweeted out an image of the 1960’s cast of villains. Little did we know we were looking at 4 of the 6 villains he would be featuring in his new film:
Yes, we’ve seen this Criminal Mastermind in Gotham before on the big screen. And yes, Jim Carrey was a bit more eccentric then the modern comic book version of the villain is. But still, this version for Reeves will be incorporating riddles and puzzles into his schemes. He’ll also be leaving clues for the authorities to solve and create havoc for Batman. No casting has been made but we should hopefully be hearing who’ll be playing him.
Oswald Cobblepot is your typical Gotham City mobster. And we’ll get our second on-screen debut of this Batman villain from Matt Reeves. Said to be using high-tech umbrellas as weapons, we may not get exploding wind-up penguins. Either way, the stature should stay close with comic accuracy as this character will be short, obese, and with a long nose. Do you think he’ll have flippers?
Also making her third appearance, alongside the Penguin, is Selina Kyle. The infamous Gotham City burglar who, on occasion, has an on/off relationship with Bruce Wayne. This time, however, we’ll be seeing her in her one-piece outfit with a bullwhip as her main weapon of choice. Whether or not she has a more anti-hero role is still unknown. In both on-screen iterations, she’s always straddled the line of good and bad. Maybe this time she’ll be a true villain?
This villain may sound like an odd choice, but given that we’ll be seeing multiple villains this time, it makes sense. This villain may be expendable which may lead to the reason we have so many enemies for Batman to face in the first film. For those unfamiliar with Firefly, he’s an arsonist and an orphan. In this film, he’ll be responsible for burning all the places he wasn’t allowed to visit as a child.
I believe in Harvey Dent. Making his third on-screen appearance, this villain should be an interesting take. He’ll already be operating as Harvey “Two-Face” Dent after suffering the injury to his face. The hideously scarred left side of his face will be apparent, meaning we most likely won’t get a back story. If you remember, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight took its time with the development of Harvey turning into a villain. Hopefully, we get more screen time with this version.
Rounding out the cast of Villains will be Mad Hatter. He’ll be a scientist who invents and uses technological mind-controlling devices. He will be manipulating the minds of his victims and is modeled after Lewis Carrols’ novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This will be the first on-screen appearance for this Batman villain but I’m sure Matt Reeves will treat this character with respect.
I’ll be interested to see who eventually gets cast in all of these roles as that usually has a major impact on the character. With pre-production well underway, expect to hear announcements very soon. Until then, what do you think? Do you like the line-up for Batman to face these 6 villains? Let us know in the comments below.