John Turturro to play crime boss in The Batman

John Turturro is to play crime boss Carmine Falcone in The Batman.The latest standalone film about the iconic DC Comics character already stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Al…

John Turturro is to play crime boss Carmine Falcone in The Batman.

The latest standalone film about the iconic DC Comics character already stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Jim Gordon, while Colin Farrell is rumoured to be playing the Penguin.

Director Matt Reeves announced that The Night Of actor was joining the cast by making reference to Turturro’s performance in 1998 classic, The Big Lebowski, on Twitter.

“(Batman) I said,” Reeves tweeted, alongside a GIF of the actor as bowling ace Jesus Quintana saying, “You said it, man.”

Nicknamed The Roman in the DC Comics, Falcone is a crime boss who is an enemy of Batman’s, but a friend of his alter ego, Bruce Wayne.

In one comic, called The Long Halloween, Carmine Falcone’s father brings his injured son to Thomas Wayne’s mansion to be treated up after being shot, and fans have speculated that Reeves is following that particular story for his take on Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero.

Oscar-nominated British actor Tom Wilkinson played Carmine Falcone in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins back in 2005.

Reeves wrote the script with Mattson Tomlin, and has regular collaborator Michael Giacchino composing the score, as well as Greig Fraser serving as cinematographer.

Filming is due to begin in spring 2020 in London at Leavesden Studios, and is set to be released in June 2021.

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Robert Pattinson doesn’t see Batman as a hero

Robert Pattinson has insisted he won’t be playing Batman as a hero.The Twilight actor was confirmed to star as Gotham City’s Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s The Batman back in June, and his co-stars have been coming together in recent weeks, with Zoe K…

Robert Pattinson has insisted he won’t be playing Batman as a hero.

The Twilight actor was confirmed to star as Gotham City’s Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s The Batman back in June, and his co-stars have been coming together in recent weeks, with Zoe Kravitz confirmed to portray Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright and Paul Dano set to play Commissioner Gordon and the Riddler, respectively.

During an interview with The New York Times, the reporter stated, “You were saying earlier that we should be sceptical of any actor who wants to play the hero, and yet here you are playing Batman,” and Pattinson replied that he doesn’t consider the iconic comic book character to be one.

“Batman’s not a hero, though. He’s a complicated character. I don’t think I could ever play a real hero – there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one,” he said.

He explained that he was drawn to the film because he’s a fan of Reeves and considers Batman to be a “dope” character.

“His morality is a little bit off. He’s not the golden boy, unlike almost every other comic-book character. There is a simplicity to his worldview, but where it sits is strange, which allows you to have more scope with the character,” the 33-year-old shared.

Pattinson also noted that fans should take any comments he makes about Batman with a pinch of salt because he has “said so many ridiculous things over the years” and sometimes wonders afterwards where the “screaming nonsense” came from.

The actor’s casting received a mixed reaction online but he was expecting much worse, particularly after his experience with Twilight.

“Maybe I’m just used to abuse by now. At least I didn’t get death threats this time – that’s a plus! It’s funny that people are so very angry about Twilight. I never particularly understood it,” he added.

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Jonah Hill in talks to play villain in The Batman

Jonah Hill is in talks to play a villain in The Batman.It was announced back in June that Robert Pattinson would be the next actor to take on Gotham’s caped crusader for Matt Reeves’ upcoming movie, and now the 33-year-old finally has some co-stars. E…

Jonah Hill is in talks to play a villain in The Batman.

It was announced back in June that Robert Pattinson would be the next actor to take on Gotham’s caped crusader for Matt Reeves’ upcoming movie, and now the 33-year-old finally has some co-stars.

Editors at Variety have reported that two-time Oscar nominee Hill is circling an unknown villain role, and film fans began speculating on social media if The Wolf of Wall Street star would be portraying Oswald Cobblepot/ Penguin, a role made iconic by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns in 1992.

However, Collider reporters have claimed Hill will be portraying Edward Nygma/ Riddler, who was previously played by Jim Carrey in 1995’s Batman Forever.

According to Variety, producers had long wanted Hill for The Batman, but any casting decisions were put on hold until Pattinson was confirmed to play the billionaire Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright is also in negotiations to play Batman’s ally Commissioner Jim Gordon, who has most recently been portrayed in film by Gary Oldman and J.K. Simmons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pre-production on the Warner Bros. movie has already begun, and insiders told Variety that filming could start later this year or early 2020.

Filmmaker Reeves, who helmed the Planet of the Apes sequels, took over the directorial reigns on The Batman from Ben Affleck after the actor departed the project following Justice League in 2017.

Hill was last seen opposite Emma Stone in Netflix’s sci-fi series Maniac and returned to the big screen in Matthew McConaughey’s The Beach Bum.

The Batman is slated to be released in June 2021.

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