After Joker destroyed the worldwide box office to become the most profitable comic book movie of all time, DC and Warner Bros. are looking to do the same with the villains from The Batman. Starring Robert Pattinson in the lead role of Bruce Wayne, the movie's villains will include Paul Dano as The Riddler, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, and possibly Colin Farrell as Penguin. In a new report from Variety on the future of DC movies, it is noted that the studio believes any one of these characters could potentially headline their own villain-centric spinoff in the vein of Joker.
While this is obviously dependent on the box office success of The Batman, it's reported that "key cast members" from this movie and Birds of Prey have contract options to bring their characters back in potential sequels or spinoff movies. This would include a spin-off movie for Colin Farrell's Penguin, Paul Dano as Riddler, and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman. Of course, as we've learned from the changes made by Warner Bros. over just the past few years alone when it comes to their plans for Batman movies, nothing is set in stone. Originally, The Batman was intended to be a part of the DCEU by bringing back Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne. However, after the reception of Justice League fell below studio expectations, the standalone Batman movie evolved to become an original standalone story.
Some rumors have suggested the bulk of The Batman will be spent in Arkham Asylum, but the new Variety report claims that will not be the case, as only a handful of scenes will be spent at the iconic location. Another rumored plot leak claims the story will follow the Dark Knight investigating a series of bizarre murders in Gotham City, and every villain in Batman's Rogues Gallery is a suspect. If accurate, this means many more villains could be shown in the movie than just the ones mentioned above, and if any of them particularly stand out as a fan favorite, chances are they'll one day be getting their own movies as well.
Many other names have also been added to the cast of The Batman as the project nears its production start date. Andy Serkis was recently confirmed to be playing the Wayne family butler Alfred Pennyworth, while Jeffrey Wright will star as the new Commissioner James Gordon. John Turturro has also been revealed to be cast as crime boss Carmine Falcone, which makes four villains so far for Batman to face in the upcoming movie. Newcomer Jayme Lawson has also been cast in a mystery role.
The Batman will be released in theaters on June 25, 2021, with production set to begin in early 2020. More likely than not, the movie will have a great showing at the box office, so seeing Colin Farrell one day starring in a Penguin spinoff is actually a very real possibility. At this time, it's too early to be completely sure, so we'll have to see what happens. This news comes to us from Variety. The Catwoman art comes from Jasmin Dencic, William Gray did Riddler, and Penguin comes from Mizuri at Artstation.