We might be busy getting excited for this year's Wonder Woman, but there's a whole universe of #DC movies coming out soon — and one of the most eagerly anticipated of these movies is also the one that's pretty much a garbage fire right now. I'm talking, of course, of #TheBatman, as the high profile movie has had a really rocky time of it in the past few months.
Originally attached to direct, after months of blowing hot and cold about the project (and its now rewritten script), Ben Affleck stepped down to be replaced by Matt Reeves. Now, despite Warner Bros' hopes that The Batman would be released in 2018, it now seems that the movie won't even shoot until that year, thanks to Reeves' busy schedule. Plenty of things can change in that time, and with the script undergoing rewrites nothing is certain — which sends characters like Deathstroke and Commissioner Gordon spiraling into limbo.
This weekend we learned that JK Simmons would portray Gotham's Commissioner Jim Gordon in #JusticeLeague, a character who is essential to the #Batman story both in the comics and onscreen. The two characters have worked together for years, forming a vital allegiance that helped both of them fight the many, many criminals infesting the streets of Gotham City.
But as excited as we are to meet this new iteration of the classic character, Simmons warned ScreenCrush that his role in Justice League is small — and his role in The Batman may be nonexistent.
"My part in the first film coming out this fall is very, very small… It’s a little introduction of the character. But whenever the next one gets off the ground, whether it’s ‘The Batman’ movie or the ‘Justice League’ sequel, and I know those things are getting shuffled around right now … we thought we might be getting to work pretty soon on ‘The Batman,’ but we’ll see what the future brings. Hopefully that’ll be another comic-book character that I get to take two or three or four cracks at."
It makes sense that Commissioner Gordon's role in Justice League would just be a cameo, as the film will focus on the superhero team finally assembling to take on some otherworldly threat — the villainous Stepphenwolf, probably working at the behest of Darkseid. With that in mind, Gordon will likely only pop up when Bruce and Diana regroup in Gotham, although he may play a small but vital role in the plot.
As for The Batman, JK Simmons' words are very telling. Following the line of everyone involved in the production, Simmons is very vague, alluding to a lot of changes currently going on behind the scenes. He's wise not to confirm or deny his role in The Batman, but realistically it's safe to assume that Gordon will pop up in the solo Dark Knight feature, as he is a staple of the Batman #comics — and his appearance in the film could well introduce other popular characters like his daughter, Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl/Oracle. Now Deathstroke, on the other hand, is a little more tenuous...
Tell us in the comments: Which characters would you like to see in The Batman?