Jeffrey Wright Says ‘The Batman’ Is The ‘Next Evolution’ Of Comic Book Movies


Of all the movies to be delayed by our current global situation, the one that bums me out most is The Batman, which was pushed back from June 2021 to October 2021 (although, I’d argue that the fall is a much better time to roll out a Batman film).

Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson, The Batman is poised to be the reimagining of the character that fans have been craving for since Christopher Nolan walked away from the character.

Luckily, though, the wait seems like it will ultimately be worth it, as Jeffrey Wright — who will be playing Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon — says that The Batman represents the “next evolution” of the genre.

“My take is — the way I explain what we’re doing is, like with any film, we’re working together to create a mood, to create an idea, a setting, a tone,” Wright said. “This is the next evolution since 1939 when these stories began,” Wright said while appearing on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show.

“This is the next evolution of Gotham. So I am working off the stage [director] Matt [Reeves] is providing and also working off what [star] Robert [Pattinson] is doing. We are trying to create something together that is our own, but is also Batman.”

“I read the script for the Batmobile and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s it,'” he said. “[Bruce Wayne] created the most badass muscle car you could imagine, but it’s grounded in Gotham. It’s grounded in Americana.” [via The Hollywood Reporter]

The Batman — which stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/Riddler, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Jeffrey Wright as Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham District Attorney Gil Colson — is currently set to hit theaters in the United States on October 1, 2021.

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Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him