When Ben Affleck stepped back from directing the in development “The Batman” film, his plan to use Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello) as the villain seemed to fall by the wayside too. That was because filmmaker Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) had signed onto the project and was planning to start the script from scratch.
At present it seems unlikely Affleck is sticking around for this, and it’s unclear if this will be a part of the DECU or not (it is said to be standalone). Now a report by Variety’s Justin Kroll has revealed that Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, is being considered as the lead villain role in either or both Reeves’ “The Batman” and the Harley Quinn spin-off “Birds of Prey.”
Reeves is maintaining a low profile, keeping silent about plot and character details of his project, but Kroll says:
“Take this with a grain of salt as things are constantly changing in the DCEU but I’m hearing the Penguin is possibly the choice to play the main villain in THE BATMAN. Sources add even if Reeves decide to go another route the studio could then make him the main villain in BOP. Reeves is still working on the script, so that could always change but of the multiple BIRDS OF PREY scripts submitted, one does have the Penguin as the main heavy. Either way, it seems WB wants this character cast in the universe sooner rather then later.”
This suggests Reeves isn’t very along with his script. Josh Gad is still heavily rumored to take on the role which hasn’t been on the big screen since 1992’s “Batman Returns,” though has been a major regular on FOX’s “Gotham”. “The Batman” still does not have a release date.