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Recently, Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne made it clear he's gunning for the role of the Riddler in director Matt Reeves' The Batman (if there's such a part to be had in the still undisclosed plot).
With Robert Pattinson now squarely in place as Batman and big name actors putting themselves in the running for supporting roles, we're making our fan picks to fill out the rest of the new big screen Gotham City.
NICHOLAS HOULT as HUSH2 of 12
At one time in contention for the role of Bruce Wayne alongside Robert Pattinson, with the latter having been officially named the next Batman, that leaves Hoult in place to be the perfect Tommy Elliott - a.k.a. Hush - a latter day Batman nemesis with mad-on for Bruce Wayne in specific.
Given characters such as Riddler, Catwoman, and Penguin have been rumored as part of The Batman, Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee's "Hush" (named after the villain himself of course) might be the perfect basis for the director's Matt Reeves' story.
Plus, anyone who's seen Hoult's break out role in Skins knows he'd be a perfect and menacing choice for a sociopathic rich kid turned psychotic supervillain.
JESSICA CHASTAIN as POISON IVY3 of 12
With Birds of Prey coming down the pike and putting her pal/partner Harley Quinn in the spotlight, WB is going to need a Poison Ivy - and who better than an up-and-coming redheaded actress who has already said she wants the part?
We're not gonna overthink this one - Chastain is a star with the requisite presence and the ability to swing between cerebral and charming (Interstellar anyone?) that the part of the scientist-turned-villain Pamela Isley requires.
SOFIA BOUTELLA as CATWOMAN4 of 12
Anyone who’s seen Sofia Boutella in physical action in any of her action roles in Kingsman, The Mummy, and more could likely immediately see how the acrobatic actress could easily fit the role of Selina Kyle.
Put a whip in her hands, some goggles on her face, and of course a stealth suit, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for the Bruce Wayne and Batman’s rival/love interest.
Boutella’s Catwoman would be a serious physical threat – her martial arts and acrobatic prowess on full display alongside her cat burglar skills. But her Selina Kyle would be a keenly seductive, calculating criminal genius.
WESLEY SNIPES as LUCIUS FOX5 of 12
Yes, we’re serious. Yes, we get (and enjoy) the jokes. But we think casting Wesley Snipes as Lucius Fox would be a spectacular way to differentiate from previous portrayals of Fox on the big screen, and from Bruce’s dynamic with Alfred.
Picture this: Lucius Fox is an ex-special forces tough guy who uses his engineering knowledge to help build Batman’s weapons – and potentially whip him into shape.
Give Snipes the “Whistler” role, so to speak – and maybe give him a shot to show his skills somewhere – and we think the potential chemistry between Snipes/Fox and Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne is enough to make this worthwhile.
DENZEL WASHINGTON as RA'S AL GHUL6 of 12
It’s unlikely Warner Bros. will dive too deeply back into the Ra’s al Ghul mythos after his central role in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, but if they want to give Batman a big screen arch-enemy without leaning into the Joker, Ra’s is the number one other choice.
Considered by some to be Batman’s true nemesis, the immortal Ra’s al Ghul is a criminal mastermind on a global scale. For that, you need someone with gravitas in spades. Who better than Denzel Washington to fill that role?
Washington has gone against type to play a villain a few times to great effect (Training Day remains one of our favorite Denzel performances) – and honestly, it’s gonna take someone with incredible magnetism to pull off a repeat villain and make it their own.
MARGARET QUALLEY as BARBARA GORDON/BATGIRL7 of 12
Margaret Qualley landed a breakout role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but before that, she was in the running for a part in Birds of Prey.
Though that didn't come to fruition, the daughter of actor Andie MacDowell could be a perfect addition to Gotham City nonetheless - taking on the role of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in a spin-off film, and throughout the franchise.
FINN WOLFHARD as TIM DRAKE/ROBIN8 of 12
Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard is 16 – just the right age to take the role of Batman’s sidekick Tim Drake as a slightly older Dick Grayson grows into the role of Nightwing.
The one thing no Batman modern movie has ever presented is a comic book accurate portrayal of the Dynamic Duo (especially not with Tim Drake). Even the titular Batman & Robin featured a much older Dick Grayson, not exactly capturing the real spirit of the team up.
Enter Finn Wolfhard – a perfect choice to take the role of the studious but daring Tim Drake, whose natural ingenuity is enough to solve the mystery of Batman’s identity, and earn him a place as the Boy Wonder.
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET as DICK GRAYSON/NIGHTWING9 of 12
Timothée Chalamet may be an “of the moment” choice for the role of a Dick Grayson in his early 20s, but we can’t unsee it and we can’t unsay it – and actually, It makes a lot of sense.
Chalamet’s star making turn in coming-of-age drama Call Me By Your Name comes to mind, and while the romance we’d be envision for Grayson in The Batman (or any number of spin-off films) would be alongside Barbara Gordon, the energy Chalamet brings to the screen would perfectly capture Dick Grayson at a critical point as he moves into the Nightwing role, striking out on his own for the first time.
Chalamet's star is on the rise, and he's in his early 20s, putting him directly in position to own and grow with the role of Nightwing.
It doesn't hurt he and Wolfhard could credibility pass for almost look-alikes, in the spirit of the Dick-Tim legacy.
BEN MENDELSOHN as ALFRED PENNYWORTH10 of 12
Truth be told, we considered risking the wrath of Twitterdom by suggesting Tilda Swinton take the role of Bruce Wayne’s mentor/butler – but Alfred Pennyworth’s role as a surrogate father figure to Bruce is too important a dynamic to ignore when considering who should be cast.
That’s why we’ve got our eyes on Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn, whose crucial turn in Captain Marvel proved he’s got the chops to play, well, almost anything – but it’s Mendelsohn’s surprising warmth even from behind Talos’ Skrullish demeanor that makes us think he’d be the perfect Alfred.
Play the determination plus compassion Mendelsohn so often channels off of the cold, distant demeanor suggested by the Pattinson/Bruce Wayne casting choice, and you’ve got the perfect straight-man/window into Batman’s world.
Talos may have an increased role ahead in the MCU (or not? It's hard to say). But given his, well, specific appearance as Talos, he could easily moonlight as Bruce Wayne's most trusted advisor and father figure.
BRYAN CRANSTON as COMMISSIONER GORDON11 of 12
Casting Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston as Commissioner James Gordon might feel a bit on the nose, but that might be exactly what's needed for Batman's "man inside" the GCPD.
Put a mustache on him and let him bring a bit of that "Heisenberg" gravitas to Gordon's humanity, and he'd be the perfect grounding character in a movie that will hopefully a few risks with other aspects of the well-tread Batman film franchise.
Picture him staring down Robert Pattinson's Batman - trying to match the Dark Knight measure for measure in intimidation and determination.
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