Talk about The Batman movie reached a standstill after it brought on War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, and that was over a year ago. We still don’t know for sure if Ben Affleck is leaving the role, but if he does return, we may have a good idea of who he might face off against.
Variety reporter Justin Kroll took to Twitter to drop a few nuggets of information about the production of The Batman, revealing the villain being considered to take on the Dark Knight in the long-in-development DCEU flick. According to Kroll, Matt Reeves, who is still writing the script for the film, is considering the Penguin as Batman’s next antagonist.
Kroll did preface the tweet by stating “take this with a grain of salt,” so nothing is definitive at this point. He also pointed out in the tweet that since Reeves still working on the script, things could very well change.
Reeves is still working on the script, so that could always change but of the multiple BIRDS OF PREY scripts submitted, one does have the Penguin as the main heavy. Either way, it seems WB wants this character cast in the universe sooner rather then later.
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) May 30, 2018
Even so, Kroll revealed that sources told him if Reeves does drop the Penguin from his Batman movie, Warner Bros. is considering making him the villain for another DCEU movie, Birds of Prey. The studio reportedly “wants this character cast in the universe sooner rather than later.”
Birds of Prey is another DCEU project that is supposed to revolve around femme fatales of the universe. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, reprising her role from Suicide Squad, has been confirmed in the project while Cathy Yan was confirmed as director last month.
Again, things might change as nothing has been confirmed but it does give us some insight into which direction Warner Bros. may be thinking of taking the DCEU. It has a blank slate right now following the disappointing Justice League. Really, the bar couldn’t be lower for the DCEU at this point; might as well use that to start fresh by incorporating some of the best characters from the comic book.
Pitting the Penguin against Batman or Harley Quinn seems like a very good place to start.