Jeffrey Wright might be heading to Gotham City to play Commissioner Jim Gordon in Matt Reeves' The Batman. After attempting to get a new Batman-focused franchise off the ground starring Ben Affleck's version of the character, Warner Bros. and DC have since moved in a new direction. Reeves is aboard to write and direct a brand new take on the Dark Knight, which will see Robert Pattinson star as Bruce Wayne.
Details of Reeves' vision for The Batman are slim, but the casting of Pattinson points to a younger version than the one the DC shared universe previously was using. It's said The Batman will be a detective-noir style movie that will still take place in the DCEU (as it's unofficially called), and include several members of Batman's rogues gallery. But, the film will also see other familiar members of the Batman mythos appear, and has now resulted in a brand new Jim Gordon.
According to THR, Jeffrey Wright is in negotiations to play Commissioner Jim Gordon in The Batman. Wright has recently starred in Westworld and joined the voice cast of Marvel's Disney+ series What If...? He is the first additional piece of casting to come for The Batman, and will take over the role of Gordon in the DCEU from J.K. Simmons - who made his lone appearance in Justice League in 2017.
As long as Wright does play Commissioner Gordon, he'll be the fifth actor to play the character in live-action on the big screen. Simmons most recently took on the role, but Gary Oldman did so for Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, Pat Hingle played him in the 1980s-90s era films, and Neil Hamilton returned for Batman: The Movie. It also comes after he's earned praise for his role in Westworld, and is several years removed from his last blockbuster movie role in the Hunger Games franchise.
The addition of Wright, though, will also make him the first person of color to play Commissioner Gordon in live-action. This is an obvious departure from Simmons' version that prior DCEU films used, but it's a decision that was rumored before. Mahershala Ali was reportedly a top choice for the role, so it's clear that Reeves was open to - possibly even wanting to - finding a black actor to play Gordon. While this may result in some fans questioning whether or not The Batman takes place in the DCEU, the bottom line is that the film now has an incredibly talented actor in the role that Reeves was able to hand-select.
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