Director Matt Reeves continues to surprise with his out-of-the-box casting for the upcoming The Batman. The director revealed via Twitter that he has added 2x Golden Globe nominee John Turturro (Transformers, Do the Right Thing) to play iconic Gotham City crimelord Carmine Falcone.
Turturro joins an all-star cast headlined by Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse), who will star as the titular Dark Knight, and that also features Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as Commissioner James Gordon, Zoë Kravitz (Big Little Lies) as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) as Edward Nashton/The Riddler, Andy Serkis (Black Panther) as Alfred Pennyworth, Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and newcomer Jayme Lawson in an undisclosed role.
Falcone made his debut in the four-part story Batman: Year One written by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli in 1987.
In the comics, Falcone is a powerful Mafia chieftain nicknamed “The Roman”, where his stranglehold over Gotham City’s organized crime is referenced as “The Roman Empire” at least once.
In Batman: Year One, his penthouse is designed in a Roman architectural style. He is actually based on Marlon Brando’s Don Vito Corleone from the 1972 classic The Godfather.
Falcone also appeared in the mini-series Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. This series is widely believed to be the basis for the upcoming film.
Falcone has also been portrayed on TV in the series, Gotham, by John Dornan and in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins by Tom Wilkinson.
Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Mattson Tomlin (Little Fish). Production is expected to commence at the end of 2019 or early 2020.
The Batman hits theaters June 25, 2021.