Rumor has it, ‘BlaKkKlansman’s John David Washington (son of Denzel) is being eyed for a role in ‘The Batman’. No talks have taken place, but director Matt Reeves is said to be heavily considering Washington for a role in the reboot, with Harvey Dent/Two-Face as one potential role. While the character is Caucasian in the comics, Washington (should he land the role) wouldn’t be the first black actor to play him, as Billy Dee Williams played Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s first ‘Batman’ in 1989.
Interestingly, Washington is co-starring with Robert Pattinson, the new Batman, in ‘Tenet’ directed by Christopher Nolan, who directed the last three ‘Batman’ movies. (Well, solo ‘Batman’ movies, anyway.) Also co-starring in ‘Tenet’ is Michael Caine, who played Alfred in the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy, along with Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth Debicki, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
While Washington’s biggest role has been in ‘BlacKkKlansman’, he also starred on the HBO series ‘Ballers’. He will next be seen in the film ‘Born to be Murdered’.
So far, Pattinson’s is the only casting that has been announced for ‘The Batman’, although the film is reported to include Two-Face, Catwoman, Firefly, The Mad Hatter, The Penguin, and The Riddler, with the latter purported to be the film’s main antagonist. Alfred and Commissioner Gordon will appear, and there is even talk that the film will include Robin. ‘Hobbs & Shaw’s Vanessa Kirby is among the names being considered for Catwoman. Andy Serkis‘ name has also surfaced, although it wasn’t in reference to a specific character, although The Penguin would make sense.
Somewhat like Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’, ‘The Batman’ will feature a younger Dark Knight, earlier in his career, although the movie will not adapt Frank Miller’s ‘Batman: Year One’ comic book.
‘The Batman’ is expected to begin filming this fall. It will be released on June 25, 2021.