Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright Joins The Batman As Commissioner Gordon

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The Batman has appeared to add another key character today.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) is in negotiations to play Commissioner Jim Gordon in the upcoming DC Film. If cast, then Wright will be the first person of color to play the character in live-action.

The film, which will star Robert Pattinson (Twilight, The King) as the DC superhero, is described as a “grounded take” on the property. The film will be written and directed by Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes). Casting for Batman’s Rogues gallery is currently underway with Jonah Hill reportedly in negotiations for a part.

Jim Gordon is, depending on the time period, either a police detective or police commissioner of the Gotham PD. Gordon usually functions as an ally to Batman, usually being the one to light up the famous Bat Signal.

Recently, in film, he was played by Gary Oldman in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy and J.K. Simmons in 2017’s Justice League. On live-action television, he was the lead character in Fox’s recently ended Gotham where he was played by Ben McKenzie.

In addition to his work on Westworld, Wright is known for his roles in Angels in America, Boardwalk Empire, Basquiat, The Hunger Games, and several James Bond films, including the upcoming No Time To Die. His other upcoming films include The French Dispatch, The Laundromat, The Goldfinch. He will also voice the Watcher in the Disney+ Marvel series What If…?

The Batman is scheduled for a June 25, 2021 release.

Bec Heim