With every Batman reboot, there’s always a discussion on which recognizable supporting characters would be in the next film and who will play them. One of the most important characters in this franchise, of course, is police commissioner James Gordon. A new actor has been in talks to play alongside Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, with Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright potentially cast as the famous Commissioner of Gotham City.
First appearing in issue #27 of Detective Comics, Gordon is one of the most popular supporting character from DC’s most well known superhero franchise. He has been played by a number of different actors across TV and Film, most notably portrayed Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and J.K. Simmons in Justice League. Wright is known for not just his television roles like Westworld, but a number of different films including popular franchises such as The Hunger Games and James Bond. His most recent work was in The Goldfinch, starring Ansel Elgort.
Although Commissioner Gordon is often portrayed as an older white male, Wright still seems like a perfect fit to play this character due to his history of strong supporting roles. In fact, his character in the recent James Bond films, Felix Leiter, was initially played by a white male for most Bond films until Wright was cast in 2006’s Casino Royale. Regardless, Wright would be a welcoming addition to Matt Reeves version of The Batman as the Caped Crusader’s renowned ally.
The Batman is set for release June 25th 2021.