In The Batman, actor Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader takes on some of Batman’s most iconic comic book villains. And with talk of a sequel brewing, the actor reveals which Gotham City baddies he wants his Bruce Wayne to fight next.
‘The Batman’ villains include The Riddler and The Penguin
Writer/director Matt Reeves drew inspiration for The Batman from the comic book character’s early detective arc and Jeph Loeb’s Batman: The Long Halloween series. It features some of the most well-known Rogues’ Gallery villains, including the Riddler (Paul Dano) and the Penguin (Colin Farrell).
The new crime thriller picks up with Bruce Wayne in his second year as a crime fighter, following him as he investigates the cryptic musings of Edward Nashton/The Riddler—a terrifying killer who’s got his own sadistic idea of justice. The hero also takes on Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin—a mid-level mobster with hopes to become Gotham City’s biggest crime boss.
Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) is a cat burglar and drug dealer who squares off with the Dark Knight. But soon after, the antihero aligns with Batman, while in search of her missing friend.
Robert Pattinson wants to see the Court of Owls and Calendar Man in a sequel to ‘The Batman’
Reeves is working on a sequel to The Batman. And sticking to the movie’s horror/serial killer tone, Pattinson told Den of Geek that in the next films, he hopes to see Bruce Wayne take on the Calendar Man — a villain featured in The Long Halloween.
The actor also noted that he’d like to see Gotham’s powerful cabal, the Court of Owls, play a role in Bruce’s future story. While Calendar Man and the Court of Owls haven’t been seen in previous Batman films, the latter was heavily featured in FOX’s TV drama, Gotham.
Matt Reeves would like to feature a grounded version of Mr. Freeze in ‘The Batman’ sequel
Reeves’ Riddler and the Penguin are grittier and darker than previous film versions. And for his sequel to The Batman, the filmmaker said he’d like to see similarly realistic and layered versions of iconic Rogues’ Gallery villains.
“In my view, I just feel drawn to finding the grounded version of everything,” Reeves said, reports Collider. “So to me it would be a challenge in an interesting way to try and figure out how that could happen.”
“Even the idea of something like Mr. Freeze, that is such a great story,” he continued. “I think there’s actually a grounded version of that story, which could be really powerful and could be really great.”
Fans reveal which Batman villains they want to see in the sequel
While seeing Pattinson’s Batman face-off with Mr. Freeze would be fun, some fans also hope the next movie features villains not seen in prior films. Arnold Schwarzenegger famously played the icy baddie in 1997’s Batman & Robin opposite George Clooney. And there have already been four film versions of The Joker—portrayed by award-winning actors like Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jared Leto.
In a recent Reddit poll, fans voted on which villains they’d like to see in a The Batman sequel. Scarecrow received the most votes, followed closely by Hush and Poison Ivy. Some fans mentioned less popular villains like Phantasm and Hugo Strange. And others noted they wouldn’t mind seeing Reeves’ take on the Joker.
The Batman hit theaters on March 4.