Actor Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) was rumored as a possible DC Comics villain but passed on being in the movie, and now the focus seems to be on actor Colin Farrell to play the Penguin, or perhaps another villain.
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I have my own list of actors who I think would make (perhaps more) interesting Batman villains.
Most of us know Zachary Quinto from his portrayal of American Horror Story and psychologist/serial killer Dr. Thredson in the second season. If that's not creepy enough, Quinto also plays the very creepy character Charlie Manx in the current series NOS4A2 on AMC. I could see Quinto as a very creepy version of Scarecrow or even Joker.in the , but Quinto is very good at playing creepy characters. He portrays former horror house owner Chad Warwick in the first season of
Glover has already proven himself as a formidable villain in Charlie's Angels (2000), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), and Lucky Day (2019). He more recently played the character Mr. World -- the New God of globalization and the leader of the New Gods -- in the Starz TV series . His unusual mannerisms and eccentric looks would make him the perfect choice to play Scarecrow. Glover is already lanky and kind of eerie-looking to begin with.
Buscemi is best known for his characters in dark comedies and indie movies like Barton Fink (1991), Trees Lounge (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), and Ghost World (2001). But his real talent lies in playing criminals who also have a quirky side. Look at the resume: movies like Miller's Crossing (1990), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Fargo (1996), Con Air (1997), and TV shows like The Sopranos (2004) and Boardwalk Empire (2014). He would make an interesting casting choice to play Two-Face or perhaps Scarecrow.
No one can play creepy like Skarsgard. He's played Pennywise the clown in both Stephen King's It (2017) and (2019). He may or may not be the devil in the horror TV series (2018). And he's quite the monster in the Netflix series Hemlock Grove (2013). He could do any Batman villain justice, but it would be thrilling to see his take on Two-Face or even the Joker.
Michael B. Jordan would be an interesting casting choice for a villain in The Batman. He's already proven himself as the complex criminal type when he played the villain Erik Killmonger in Fantastic Four. I could see Jordan playing Deadshot or maybe even Killer Croc.. He's also no stranger to playing the good guy as he did as Johnny Storm in 2015's
The Batman is set to hit theaters on June 25, 2021.
Originally published Sept. 23.
Update. Nov. 13: Adds Colin Farrell as a leading contender to play a villain.