With not even an official title attached, besides a subtle “The Batman,” Matt Reeves’s forthcoming picture on the Dark Knight remains swirling in mystery. Yet, over the past few weeks, Reeves himself has been teasing some newly added faces, and a plenitude of rumors have likewise been circulating, such as Matthew McConaughey possibly being Two-Face.

McConaughey’s casting is only speculatory, but Jeffrey Wright’s inclusion as Commissioner Gordon has been set in stone. Revealed under a not-so-subtle guise of #Gordon, Reeves announced Wright would be his Gotham police commissioner in a random Tweet a few weeks ago. Alongside Wright is Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoë Kravitz in the mask of Catwoman, and Paul Dano portraying the Riddler.

Some additional rumored cast members include both Andy Serkis playing Alfred Pennyworth and Colin Farrell as the Penguin, though it’s unclear if either will actually be making the trip to Gotham. While there’s a massive list of characters already set, there still remains a variety of Batman villains rumored for the movie, such as Mad Hatter and Firefly, despite neither being cast thus far.

Rumors have spread that the movie would either follow the well-regarded Batman comics “Hush” or “The Long Halloween,” though these hopes and dreams were dashed by Reeves. Revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves has continuously described his vision of the Dark Knight to be more noir than many of the character’s film counterparts. In his own words:

“It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It's told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it's going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It's more Batman in his detective mode than we've seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He's supposed to be the world's greatest detective, and that's not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been.”

It will be interesting to see how Pattinson pulls this off. His more recent roles in “The Lighthouse” and “The King” saw two completely varied performances, both of which were spellbinding in their own right. With him taking up the cowl, alongside co-stars Kravitz, Dano and the veritable “Rogues gallery” Reeves has continuously alluded to, “The Batman” will assuredly be one of the character’s darkest on-screen renditions yet.

Reeves’s “The Batman” batarangs into cinemas worldwide 2021.

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Actor Robert Pattinson pictured arriving at the Marrakech International Film festival on Nov. 30, 2018, in Marrakesh. FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images
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