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The DC live-action universe is a fascinating place, full of unexpected changes. While the DCEU began with movies like Batman v Superman and Man of Steel, the shared universe took a turn following the disappointing performance of Justice League. That movie failed to make money or resonate with critics, and Ben Affleck promptly hung up the cowl and departed the role of Batman. Matt Reeves has since cast Robert Pattinson to play the title character of The Batman, and he's assembling the cast and crew to bring that movie to life. And that includes Oscar winning VFX supervisor Dan Lemmon.
Dan Lemmon might not be a household name, but the movies he's worked on certainly are. He's worked on iconic movies like Avatar, and the last three Planet of The Apes movies (all of which earned him an Academy Award nomination). He eventually took home the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work in Disney's The Jungle Book. And now he's lending those talents to Matt Reeves' upcoming DC blockbuster.
This update on The Batman comes to us from Inside The Film Room, and shows how the highly anticipated movie is coming together ahead of production. After sitting in development hell for a number for years, it seems that the movie is finally coming together. DC fans are eager to see the cast and crew that will help bring Gotham City to life, and any glimpse into the movie's plot.
Dan Lemmon's involvement hopefully teases a visually stunning adventure with The Batman. The Dark Knight is one of the most popular comic book characters of all time, and establishing a visual language is important. But considering Lemmon's particular skill and reputation in the VFX world, it'll be interesting to see how he brings Bruce Wayne's signature battle style to life in the upcoming blockbuster. What's more, it'll be interesting to see how Lemmon and company adapt the action of the comics (available here) into live-action.
News of Dan Lemmon's involvement comes shortly after The Batman revealed some exciting casting news. Big Little Lies and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald actress Zoe Kravitz was announced to be playing Selina Kyle/ Catwoman in Matt Reeves' DC debut. DC fans are eager to see Catwoman join the current shared universe, and Kravitz has proven her ability as an actress, including action-heavy projects like Mad Max: Fury Road. So she seems like a great choice to bring Catwoman to life.
Catwoman's inclusion in The Batman will also affect Dan Lemmon's job, as he'll be tasked with bringing she and any other of the hero's rogues to life in the upcoming blockbuster. Early rumors indicated that a handful of villains will factor into the story. What's more, Jonah Hill is circling a few roles in the movie, so there should be at least one more iconic character popping up throughout the blockbuster. Although it's unclear of Hill might play Penguin or The Riddler.
The Batman 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.