Ever since fans have found out that Robert Pattinson’s upcoming The Batman movie would sport at least half a dozen villains, the internet has gone ablaze with rumors of potential actors that would go toe-to-toe with Pattinson’s version of the caped crusader. 

Batman Cast: Matt Reeves’ Upcoming ‘The Batman' Trilogy Villians Revealed

Catwoman, played by Zoe Kravitz, was the first villain to be introduced. Before Kravitz’s confirmation, it was previously rumored that several actresses were in contention for the role including Vanessa Kirby, who shot to fame from the action movie, Hobbs and Shaw, in 2019.

Los Angeles native Kravitz is no stranger to superhero films. She first appeared as Angel Salvadore in Fox’s X-men: First Class, followed by a supporting role in the Divergent movie series and then in Mad Max: Fury Road. And she also lent her voice in The Lego Batman Movie in 2017. 

Another star to make the news was Paul Dano. He was rumored to play Riddler. News that he was indeed cast came right after talks with Jonah Hill reportedly failed for the same role. 

Dano is a rather obscure name, but people may recognize him from the indie hit Little Miss Sunshine, which was also the movie to put him on the map. Immediately after Miss Sunshine, he acted in The Ballad of Jack & Rose and managed to hold himself strong opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood

As if that wasn’t enough, another big news hit earlier this year when reports confirmed that Colin Farrel was cast as the Penguin.

Colin Farrel’s physical orientation and his Penguin in-set photos seem to be in stark contrast with Penguin’s original looks of a short, obese man with a protruding nose. If the casting is anything to go by, it is safe to assume that Matt Reeves is planning to overhaul previously defined characters into our times. 

Previously, in Nov.2019, it was announced that John Turturro would be playing the mob boss Carmine Falcone.

Turturro is known for playing anxious and jumpy characters. Many of his films, such as Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing, and The Big Lebowski, have gone on to become cult classics.

Then there is Peter Sarsgaard. He will be joining the all-star ensemble as Gotham city’s District Attorney. Previously, the role was played by actor Aron Eckhart in Nolan’s The Dark Knight franchise. Even though The Batman’s DA is named Gil Colson, many have been speculating if he is going to play the attorney who would later go on to have dissociative identity disorder and name himself "Two-face." A recent duality themed Instagram post by Sarsgaard's wife Maggie Gyllenhaal seems to have confirmed that rumor. 

What About the Main Baddie...the Joker

According to The Direct, its contributing insider Daniel Richtman has reported of Matt Reeves plan to introduce Joker in as early as the second installment of The Batman Trilogy. According to the article, the plans are for him to appear in the second and third installments.

If Daniel’s account is to be believed, then you could expect Joker’s name to be dropped in some form or the other in the first film—similar to how the Joker was name-dropped at the end of Batman Begins before giving him a bigger plot in The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Of course, any casting rumors are to be taken with a grain of salt. Adding Joker in the first film would take away the spotlight from the large ensemble of villains—especially when it boasts such a star-studded cast. On the other hand, Joker will lose its glare received from the success of the Joaquin’s Joker movie in 2016 if it is introduced in the third installment of The Batman Trilogy

Therefore, the second film may be just the perfect place to put him in. Time will decide which villains will get more screentime in the first movie of The Batman series.

'The Batman' 2021 Cast and Release Date

The anticipated superhero movie will release on October 1, 2021. It will be the first movie of The Batman Trilogy by Warner Bros.  

In the DC superhero film, Robert Pattinson will appear as Bruce Wayne (Batman) alongside a massive enable cast consisting of John Turturro, Andy Serkis, Jayme Lawson, Colin Farrell, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Dano, Zoë Kravitz, and Jeffrey Wright.