John Turturro Joins The Batman As Carmine Falcone

by Erik Amaya

We should’ve seen The Long Halloween coming.

Variety reports actor John Turturro of The Big Lebowski fame has joined the cast of Matt Reeves’ The Batman as notorious gangster Carmine Falcone. Devised by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli in Batman: Year One, the mob boss stood in for the nameless gangster figures Batman fought back in the late 1930s and early ’40s. Since then, he became the demarcation between Gotham City’s underworld past and its insane costumed criminal present. The character was played by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins and John Doman on Gotham.

The character also has a big part to play in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Batman: The Long Halloween. As a quasi-sequel to Year One, it told the tale of Gotham’s evolution from a mob town to the playground of villains like the Joker and Two-Face. It also features a year-long murder spree by a killer known as Holiday who the Batman cannot find. Considering the cast announced so far, it would seem The Batman may be a closer adaptation of The Long Halloween than its use as a background material for Batman Begins. Curiously, an animated adaptation of the story is also in the works.

Besides Turturro, the cast includes Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight Detective, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, and Paul Dano as the Riddler. Reportedly, Colin Farrell and Andy Serkis are in talks to play Penguin and Alfred, respectively. Also, newcomer Jayme Lawson is set to play an undisclosed role we think may be Barbara Gordon — but the events of The Long Halloween put her in the frame for Gilda Dent as well.

The Batman is set for release on June 25th, 2021.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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