One thing that stood out back in the early days of news for Christopher Nolan’s Batman reboot, Batman Begins, was the strength of the cast he was pulling together.

Christian Bale still had the American Psycho buzz around him, and this cast was rounded out by excellence across the board in Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman.

Now Matt Reeves seems to be pushing for a high profile ensemble for The Batman.

Colin Farrell is reportedly in negotiations to play The Penguin.  The Irish actor has seemed to be taking quieter, more focussed roles for a while however he has recently muscled his way back to the front of the blockbuster queue with a turn in the Potter-verse in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Dumbo.  This is alongside well received roles in Saving Mr Banks, Widows and Roman J. Israel Esq.

His darker, brooding leading man looks are a world away from the role made famous by Burgess Meredith, or the repulsive version of Danny DeVito.

This comes on top of the news that Andy Serkis is reportedly in talks to play Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth. Serkis is due to direct the Venom sequel at Sony so some clever scheduling may be required.

Jeffrey Wright has apparently accepted the role of Commissioner Gordon, Batman’s partner in the fight to clean up Gotham city who, in the early days of his crusade, sometimes doubts the motives of The Bat.

In the wild speculation column for unsubstantiated gossip there is a rumor that Matthew McConaughey is being sought for the role of District Attorney Harvey Dent, the third member of the trio determined to clean up Gotham who is destined for an unhappy fate.

If talks are successful they will join Paul Dano as The Riddler, after Jonah Hill reportedly passed, and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman.

Batman himself, Robert Pattinson, has apparently begun his intensive training schedule to bulk up and cut-out, and has been undergoing Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Krav Maga training for the fight scenes.

Reeves spoke to The Wrap recently and reiterated that this will be set early in Batman’s career but is not an origin story.  He said this will be a very personal story about The Batman and once again pointed to detective noir influences.

The Batman will be released on June 25th 2021.