The Batman has just added another villain to the roster, as John Turturro is now lined up to play crime boss Carmine Falcone. Director Matt Reeves tweeted a GIF from Turturro’s part in The Big Lebowski with the caption “I said… #CarmineFalcone.”
This is only the latest addition to the cast of villains; which also includes Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, and Paul Dano as the Riddler. Turturro will play a different kind of villain, though. Unlike the more famous members of Batman’s rogue’s gallery, Falcone is usually portrayed as a grounded, realistic mafia leader.
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Reeves has gone on record that his vision for the movie is more “noir” and adding an organized crime aspect makes total sense. Shaking down goons for answers certainly fits the Dark Knight’s style. Whether the Falcone Crime Family is a major player or just a stepping stone in the investigation, this adds a rich possibility to explore Batman’s detective skills.
Carmine Falcone was previously played by Tom Wilkinson in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. Turturro also has experience playing a mobster, though Jesus Quintana was played more for laughs.
It’s unclear how big of a role Falcone will have in The Batman. We’ve already got plenty of villains and this crime boss is more niche than any of them. At this point, it would not be surprising for this character to make a brief cameo.
Other castings include Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and newcomer Jayme Lawson in a role still undisclosed. Robert Pattinson made big news when he was announced as Batman, but the growing cast seems to have lifted much of the weight from his shoulders.
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