It’s Zoe Kravitz. You know, Aquaman’s stepdaughter. (DC is keepin’ it in the family these days, it seems.) I don’t know if I’m worried about this or not. I’m not excited about it, but I don’t know if I’m worried. I don’t have a problem with them casting a black woman in the role when the character is supposed to be Caucasian. Eartha Kitt broke that taboo back in the 60s and did just fine. My question is, can Kravitz act? I haven’t seen her in that much. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. I remember her as being perfectly adequate in those roles. And she’s played Catwoman before, too, in THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. But the role calls for someone with some real chops if she’s gonna hold her own with Pattinson, who is, despite what TWILIGHT would lead us all to believe, a gifted actor.
What I still want to know, though, and what I still want to see, is whether Pattinson can hold his own, acting-wise, with Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. While Todd Phillips, director of JOKER, has nixed any possibilities of a sequel, Phoenix has stated that he would be open to the idea. And it’s Phoenix who would have the final say. Warner Brothers can always find another director. And I don’t believe it is ever said in the movie in what year JOKER takes place. It was based on the early 1980s, but it need not be set during that time. Also, Bruce Wayne in JOKER was a kid, like, ten or twelve years old. JOKER never says how old its protagonist is, I don’t believe. So that would make the Joker maybe twenty years older than Batman, if they’re erring on the conservative side. It could work.
Paul Dano is supposed to be playing the Riddler in the new Batman flick, too. I’m not all that familiar with his work. On paper he seems to have more acting cred than Zoe Kravitz. Time will tell how it all coalesces. In the meantime, I’m trusting Matt Reeves.