‘Blade’ Star Mahershala Ali Almost Played Commissioner Gordon In ‘The Batman’

Before Jeffrey Wright was in talks to play Commissioner Gordon in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, Mahershala Ali was in contention – only to sign on with Marvel Studios to play Blade instead.

Variety’s Justin Kroll tweeted the following news tidbit after it was announced that Jeffrey Wright was eyed to play Commissioner Gordon in The Batman: 

Mahershala Ali won his second Academy Award earlier this year for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Green Book. He previously won for his acclaimed performance in Moonlight. Following his latest Oscar win, Mahershala Ali reportedly contacted Marvel Studios expressing interest in playing Blade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, likely putting the nail on the coffin for him considering the Commissioner Gordon role in The Batman. 

Interestingly enough, Jeffrey Wright will be involved in both the MCU and The Batman now that he’s landed roles in the upcoming animated series What If…? as The Watcher and as Commissioner Gordon.

We know that Matt Reeves’ The Batman will center around a younger Bruce Wayne and feature a Rogues’ Gallery of villains that reportedly includes Catwoman and The Penguin. Reeves has also confirmed that it will not be directly based on Frank Miller’s acclaimed Year One comic and will make use of the Dark Knight’s detective skills to a greater extent than previous DC Films. It is expected to be the first chapter in a new movie trilogy with Robert Pattinson as Batman.

What do you make of this news tidbit regarding Mahershala Ali’s choice? Are you bummed to hear that Mahershala Ali was in line for the role of Commissioner Gordon in The Batman and chose to play Blade instead? Do you prefer seeing Jeffrey Wright in the Commissioner Gordon role? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news regarding Mahershala Ali, Blade, Jeffrey Wright and The Batman. 

The Batman will be released in theaters on June 15, 2021.

Source: Justin Kroll

DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters

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Doom PatrolAlong with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.

In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.

You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".

Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.

Here is the synopsis for the show:

“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”

Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.

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