24 August 2020 16:30
Barry Keoghan's star just keeps on rising…the Dublin actor has been announced as the latest cast member for the highly anticipated new flick The Batman. Warner Brothers released the official trailer on Sunday, with fans already praising Robert Pattinson for his lead role as the dark knight. Announcing the news after the trailer drop, Warner Bros said The Eternals star would be joining the cast to play Officer Stanley Merkel. After the release of the debut trailer fans were shocked to learn Colin Farrell appears as Penguin, as he is completely unrecognisable in the new teaser. revealed that The Eternals star Barry Keoghan has joined the rather large cast of Matt Reeves' The Batman as a character named Officer Stanley Merkel.
Fans of Batman comic books will recall that Merkel was introduced by Frank Miller as Commissioner James Gordon's first partner; a character who first appeared in 1987's Batman #405 and subsequently killed by Sofia Falcone in Batman: Dark Victory. Starring alongside Robert Pattinson's Batman/Bruce Wayne is Zoë Kravitz (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Mad Max: Fury Road) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (the Hunger Games films) as the GCPD's James Gordon; John Turturro (the Transformers films) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, Black Mass) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (Farewell Amor) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the Planet of the Apes films, Black Panther) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Dumbo) as Oswald Cobblepot. During DC FanDome, Reeves confirmed the movie will focus on Bruce Wayne's second year as Batman, and, per Walter Hamada, that the film is set in a different universe separate from the Justice League DCEU characters. Following the buzzy panel for The Batman at this past weekend's virtual DC FanDome event (where we learned that Colin Farrell with a ton of prosthetics looks a lot like Richard Kind), Warner Bros. quietly slipped in a new piece of casting news in its press release for the highly anticipated Matt Reeves superhero movie.
Though he's got a major role in The Eternals coming up, I wonder if Keoghan will keep hanging out in Gotham City, with Reeves' teasing of a Gotham PD series that will spin off from the film following its corrupt police force. The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as Batman; Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman; Paul Dano as The Riddler; Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon; John Turturro as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Gotham's district attorney; Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, a mayoral candidate in Gotham; Andy Serkis as Alfred; and Colin Farrell as the Penguin. Dunkirk star Barry Keoghan, who will next be seen in Marvel Studios' The Eternals as Druig, has boarded The Batman as the Gotham City Police Department's Stanley Merkel. In the comic books, Merkel was Jim Gordon's first partner when he joined the GCPD, but given that Jeffrey Wright is twice Keoghan's age and his Gordon already looks to be edging closer to the Commissioner role, it would be safe to say that some changes have been made to the character's origins. Barry Keoghan, star of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and Marvel's Phase 4 film The Eternals, has been cast as Officer Stanley Merkel in Matt Reeves' The Batman revealed the new addition to the cast in the official video description for The Batman trailer, which recently debuted at the virtual DC FanDome event to offer fans an extended first look at the 2021 reboot.