Matt Reeves has been working on the standalone Batman movie, The Batman, since Ben Affleck was in the cowl. Joe Manganiello showed up at the end of Justice League as Deathstroke/Slade Wilson alongside Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor. Rumors ran amok concerning Manganiello having a role in the movie as it languished in pre-production Hell along with the fanbase’s questions about Affleck keeping the costume on.
After Robert Pattinson was cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne, I became very excited for The Batman again since I believe he only chooses interesting projects post-Twilight. On his Fatman Beyond Podcast, Kevin Smith seemingly confirmed the interesting aspect of the movie’s script after his co-host Marc Bernardin broached the subject. As to whether it would follow the popular, and excellent, comic book The Long Halloween, Smith replied, “To be fair, I heard it too, and I heard it from a good source too.”
This is great news, as it would allow Reeves to bring a really nice collection of Batman’s rogue gallery to the big screen instead of just The Joker once again. It could also allow DC to fix some problems with previous iterations of certain characters (*cough*Bane is highly intelligent and ruthless and doesn’t need to be controlled by a woman to get at the Batman*cough*).
For those that never read The Long Halloween — get on that — here is a synopsis of the Jeph Loeb story:
Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime-fighting, this new edition of the classic mystery tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the clock as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman’s deadly enemy, Two-Face. - via Amazon
Obviously the story has roles for Lieutenant Gordon, Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Holiday. It also has Harley Quinn, The Joker, Bane, Poison Ivy, Mad Hatter, Scarecrow, Riddler, Catwoman, Solomon Grundy, and more. I hope Reeves goes all out and casts all of the roles instead of combining roles into one villain. I also hope no one gives Megan Fox a role. NONE FOR HER.
Only time will tell if Smith’s sources are actually Reeves and a mouse in his pocket and whether we are really getting a film adaptation of this epic Batman story.
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