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The DC live-action universe is constantly in motion, as the franchise's future is dictated by the success of each new release. The DCEU struggled early on with movies like Batman v Superman and Justice League, with the latter ultimately marking Ben Affleck's final appearance as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Affleck hanging up the cape and cowl meant that Matt Reeves had to find a new star for The Batman, ultimately landing on Twilight alum Robert Pattinson. But Reeves also has to cast the supporting characters and villains, with a new report indicating Westworld's Jeffrey Wright would be playing Commissioner Gordon. And now the actor seems to be teasing his involvement in the developing blockbuster.
News about Jeffrey Wright's possible role as Gordon broke the internet yesterday, as fans reacted with joy at seeing such a killer actor taking on the iconic role. There hasn't been any official confirmation about Wright's inclusion in The Batman, but the actor recently responded to Matt Reeves' Twitter post about Batman Day. Check it out for yourself below.
If Jeffrey Wright isn't actually playing James Gordon on The Batman, then he's got a wicked sense of humor. Because he engaged Matt Reeves about Batman on the day the news broke about his possible involvement. So is this a sly confirmation of his upcoming DC debut?
Jeffrey Wright's tweet to Matt Reeves seemingly hints at an upcoming collaboration between the two artists, one that DC fans are hoping comes to fruition. Robert Pattinson is playing a younger version of Bruce Wayne in The Batman, which will also reportedly focus on the hero's ability as the World's Greatest Detective. And if the Dark Knight is going to fight off his rogue gallery in the movie, he's going to need help from his ally within the Gotham City Police Department.
As DC fans celebrated Batman Day yesterday, some exciting rumors about The Batman casting hit the internet. In addition to Jeffrey Wright's possible rule as Commissioner Gordon, it was also reported that Jonah Hill was circling a few villain roles in Matt Reeves' upcoming blockbuster. It looks like Reeves is seeking out some A-List talent to bring the movie to life. So what stars might be announced next?
Of course, Jeffrey Wright's potential casting as Jim Gordon likely means the end of J.K. Simmons' tenure as the GCPD officer. Simmons debuted as Gordon in Zack Snyder's Justice League, in a small but exciting role. It was meant to set up his continued work with Ben Affleck's Batman in the DCEU, but Justice League's poor critical and box office performance brought those plans to a screeching halt. And with Wright potentially taking on the mantle of the character, it's hard to imagine Simmons occupying that same space.
With Commissioner Gordon having a significant presence in The Batman, I'm eager to see if Jeffrey Wright gets a long tenure in the DCEU, eventually crossing over with other characters within the shared universe. In particular, I'd love to see him interact with Rosie Perez' Renee Montoya. Montoya is a GCPD officer and one of the main characters in Cathy Yan's upcoming Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Logically the two characters should be colleagues, so maybe we'll get to see them interact sometime down the line.
CinemaBlend will update you on all things The Batman as details become public. Matt Reeves' DC blockbuster is currently set to arrive in theaters on June 25th, 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.