It looks like, day’s after Batman Day, Matt Reeves is slowly working to bring a fantastic cast to work around Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight and it looks like he’s found his first piece.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeffrey Wright is in talks to play Commissioner Jim Gordon in Reeves’ The Batman.
It’s unknown if the James Bond star’s Gordon will either be a detective or commissioner at Gotham City Police Department in this version of the DC film. It would continue the strong run of getting brilliant actors to play the reluctant ally as Wright would follow in the footsteps of Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and just recently J.K. Simmons in Justice League.
I love this casting as the colour of Gordon skin has never impacted the character and bringing in an actor of Wright’s quality will add a new dimension as they can show what it’s like and how hard it’s been for Gordon being a black policeman in Gotham.
Additionally, it means my hope of Ella Balinska becoming Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl are still alive and hopefully Warner Bros execs and DC Films chief Walter Hamada has seen a cut of the new Charlie’s Angels to move forward and sign her up early before the British actress becomes a well-known star.
It seems as if Reeves was always going to cast a black actor to play Commissioner Gordon as Variety’s Justin Kroll revealed a little fun tidbit that Mahershala Ali was in line for the role but understandably joined Marvel to play Blade.
With this casting alone it shows that while probably being connected to the wider DC Universe, this will be a new Batman universe loosely connected to the DCU.
Which is a shame as it could’ve meant we had Ben Affleck’s Batman still in the DCEU playing more of a supporting role and saved for Justice League movies with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman.