Matt Reeves confirms the casting of Andy Serkis in the next Batman

Actor Andy Serkis is seen on the red carpet at a screening of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’, in Manhattan, New York July 11, 2017. — Reuters pic
Actor Andy Serkis is seen on the red carpet at a screening of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’, in Manhattan, New York July 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

LOS ANGELES, Nov 15 — The actor who brought us the voice of Gollum will be the new Alfred Pennyworth, Batman’s legendary valet, confirmed the director on Twitter. Production of The Batman is set to begin before the end of the year, with a view to a theatrical release in June 2021. Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz also feature in the cast for this latest offering from the Caped Crusader.

Little by little, details of the production for the next Batman to be directed by Matt Reeves are being revealed. Negotiations between Andy Serkis and the producers of the project, reported by the American media earlier this month, have come to a successful conclusion. The news was announced by the director himself, who published a gif of Andy Serkis on his Twitter account on Wednesday, November 13 with the caption “And here comes #Alfred.”

 

 

The Lord of the Rings actor will therefore take on the role of Alfred Pennyworth, loyal valet of Bruce Wayne aka Batman. Andy Serkis will play opposite Robert Pattinson who garnered the film’s leading role. The director Matt Reeves has already announced Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as Commissioner Gordon, Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies) as Catwoman and Paul Dano (Escape at Dannemora) as Edward Nashton. Rumours have circulated to the effect that Colin Farrell may be cast as Penguin, one of Batman’s arch enemies, but none of this has been officially confirmed either by the production or the director himself, who has taken charge of announcing these developments on Twitter.

Although the film is due for release on June 25, 2021, no details of the plot of this umpteenth Batman story have been divulged. Shooting for the project is expected to begin in 2019 or early 2020.

The Batman will reunite the talents of Serkis and Reeves who have worked together in the past: notably on War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in which Serkis played major roles.

Batman’s most recent outing in theaters was in the 2017 Justice League, if we do not count a brief moment when we see him as a child in Todd Phillips’ Joker. Ben Affleck played the Caped Crusader in this crossover movie, which harvested US$650 million in sales worldwide, an amount largely exceeded by the previous Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), which took in US$872 million of box-office receipts. — AFP-Relaxnews

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