Matt Reeves has announced the latest resident of Gotham City, casting Peter Sarsgaard in The Batman. The director tweeted a GIF of Sarsgaard with the caption “Oh… Hi, Peter…” along with a bat emoji. This seems to be his favorite method of announcing his castings, having done the same for other actors involved.
Reeves may have announced Sarsgaard’s involvement, but his tweet doesn’t offer much about his role. Word is spreading, though, that it will be none other than our favorite dual-minded criminal, Harvey Two-Face.
Probably the greatest indicator of this is an Instagram post by Sarsgaard’s wife, Maggie Gyllenhaal. The photograph is of the actor’s half-shaved head, the stopping line straight down the middle. She captions it, “Halfway through a shave.”
This could just be a silly post-Gyllenhaal made about the man she loves, but the timing is too perfect. Fans have even commented on the post, speculating about the coin-flipping villain.
Interestingly enough, Gyllenhaal has her own past connection to the Two-Face character. She played Rachel Dawes, the romantic interest to Aaron Eckhart’s Harvey Dent, in 2008’s The Dark Knight.
Sarsgaard also has a history with DC movies, playing the villain Hector Hammond in 2011’s Green Lantern. While that film was not loved by critics or fans, Ryan Reynolds managed to redeem is comic book image with the Deadpool franchise. Here’s hoping Sarsgaard can do the same with this new role.
Rumors abounded before that Matthew McConaughey would be the new Harvey Dent, but nothing official came of that. Granted, Sarsgaard has only been confirmed for the movie, not the Two-Face role; but everything is pointing in that direction.
It must be said that this is yet another villain added to the line-up, running the risk of cramming too much in at once. If it does take inspiration from Batman: The Long Halloween, however, it makes perfect sense.
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