Andy Serkis (‘War for the Planet of the Apes’,’Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi’) is officially the latest actor to jump between both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC films as he has joined the cast of ‘The Batman’!
Rumors were swirling earlier this week that Serkis was being eyed for the role. The actor previously played Ulysses Klaue in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and ‘Black Panther’ and while he could likely return to the MCU to do motion capture work down the line, for now, his live-action work will be confined to cleaning up after Batman.
Reeves took to Twitter in order to share the news in the following tweet:
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) November 13, 2019
Serkis will be joining Robert Pattinson as Batman, Jeffrey Wright as commissioner Jim Gordon, Paul Dano‘s playing The Riddler, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, and newcomer Jayme Lawson in a mystery role. Colin Farrell is also rumored to be in talks to play Penguin.
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Serkis is joining a long line of Alfreds from Alan Napier on the iconic 1966 television series to Sean Pertwee on ‘Gotham’ and Jack Bannon on ‘Pennyworth.’ In feature films, Michael Gough played Alfred in the Tim Burton film, Michael Caine in “The Dark Knight” trilogy, and Jeremy Irons in the more recent films. That isn’t nearly the full list of actors who portrayed the loyal butler and is excluding the entire voice cast for the various animated iterations.
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