There’s been a lot of rumors surrounding The Batman since Ben Affleck decided to bow out of the role after just three films – if you blinked you probably missed his uncredited cameo in Suicide Squad. But with Robert Pattinson announced to play the Dark Knight, all eyes have turned to who will play the antagonists, with the newest addition to the film now rumored to be Clayface.
According to a recent report from We Got This Covered, sources told the website – which received correct information about Robert Pattinson winning the title role – that Warner Bros. plans to introduce the shape-shifting second-tier villain in The Batman. Clayface, who is a similar character to Spider-Man’s rival Sandman, as far as powers and looks are concerned, has never been featured in a film. However, he was on several episodes of Batman: The Animated Series back in the early 1990s, where he was voiced by a relatively unknown actor by the name of Ron Perlman, who later went on to play Hellboy.
With the potential addition of Clayface to the upcoming film, Warner Bros. will have a whole slew of villains, seven to be exact, going up against Gotham City’s hero. The other villains rumored to be involved in the story are Riddler, Mad Hatter, Two-Face, Catwoman, Penguin and Firefly. Given Christopher Nolan’s recent take on the villains being personified as realistic, it’s likely that won’t be the case with Clayface, who will require a ton of CGI in order to pull off. The question is, who will voice the villain? Well, it seems like there’s one name linked to it, per We Got This Covered:
“The body-morphing aspect of Clayface will apparently be portrayed with the help of CGI, while a Jackie Earle Haley-type actor – or even Haley himself – is wanted to voice the role.”
Haley, who is Hollywood’s Swiss Army Knife when it comes to character acting, has played a couple of different comic book characters in the past, such as Odin Quincannon in AMC’s Preacher TV series and Rorschach in the 2009 film Watchmen. Perhaps going back to Perlman and asking him to once again voice Clayface would not be the worst idea – after all, he did it pretty well 25 years ago. It’s unclear as of yet exactly how director Matt Reeves will incorporate the villain into the film, which appears to be heading down the route of a murder mystery noir film. Seven antagonists doesn’t seem like the best approach, since time will prohibit some of the characters from getting the screen time necessary to make a proper impression with audiences.
Let’s just see if they all make the cut. The film is expected to hit theaters in July of 2021.