‘The Batman’ Star Peter Sarsgaard On If He’s Really Playing Harvey Dent

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Peter Sarsgaard has coyly discussed if he’s really playing Harvey Dent in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

Starring alongside Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz, Peter Sarsgaard has been revealed to be playing a Gotham District Attorney by the name of Gil Colson. Of course, fans began to immediately speculate that Peter Sarsgaard’s character in The Batman was actually District Attorney Harvey Dent, who is best known for eventually becoming villain Harvey Dent. In a recent interview with Jessica Shaw for Sirius XM, Peter Sarsgaard was asked to spill details on Matt Reeves’ highly-anticipated The Batman, including if he was actually playing Harvey Dent.

In the interview, Jessica Shaw begins by asking if Peter Sarsgaard is aware of any of the fan theories pertaining his character in The Batman, to which he replied that he was unaware of them.

“No, no, I don’t know any of them, but I’m curious. What are they like?”

Jessica Shaw then began discussing the fan theory that Peter Sarsgaard is actually playing Harvey Dent. She continued by also bringing to light the theory that Peter Sarsgaard will be playing an entirely new character penned by Matt Reeves who will still end up becoming Two-Face, citing how Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck eventually became the Joker. Peter Sarsgaard seemed to enjoy this theory by quickly mentioning how it embodied the director’s writing style.

“It’d be very Matt Reeves-ian.”

With Matt Reeves on his mind, Peter Sarsgaard responded to the theories laid out before him by brushing off the question and instead praising Matt Reeves’ vision for The Batman.”

“Well, I have to say, Matt Reeves… I’ve been around some big shows like this and seen the way that it can both go well and not go well. It is so nice to have someone at the helm who is just utterly in control. Because, it’s like being a CEO-artist. Like, you know, you gotta have both things and no, it’s been a real pleasure. He’s really…I’m the type of person, like I said, where I can’t be held to what I first said to you. You know, if I first say, like, ‘this guy is definitely a duck’, everything just rides off his back – you know? Nothing sticks to him. Next time, I’m like, I don’t know, ‘I just really think I’m playing like Jesse Helms’, he just has to forget the first thing. Or add it. Or not worry about it. Or just let me talk. And he’s been very good that way.”

Of course, Peter Sarsgaard doesn’t explicitly discuss if he’s playing Harvey Dent in The Batman but it is telling that he didn’t stop Jessica Shaw on recounting these theories. It could be quite interesting to see a different iteration of Harvey Dent’s character through this Gil Colson. Matt Reeves has been known to subvert how characters interact with each other, as well as their placement in the world, so it wouldn’t be surprising for Harvey Dent to pop up one way or another. With The Batman slated to have a bevy of villains, it wouldn’t be surprising for Harvey Dent to be popping up on the big screen.

Are you excited to see Peter Sarsgaard in The Batman? Do you think he’s playing Harvey Dent? Let us know in the comments section below!

Full plot details on The Batman are currently under wraps, though the film will center around a younger Bruce Wayne and feature a Rogues’ Gallery of villains that includes Catwoman, The Penguin, and The Riddler. The Matt Reeves film will follow Batman during his formative years as Gotham City’s protector 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 trilogy from Warner Bros. with Robert Pattinson as Batman.

Directed by Matt Reeves from a script he co-wrote with Mattson Tomlin, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.

The Batman will be released in theaters on June 25, 2021.

Source: SiriusXM