The Batman: Marvel's Blade Took Mahershala Ali Out of James Gordon Running

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On Monday, it was reported that Westworld star Jeffrey Wright was in talks with Warner Bros. to star as Commissioner James Gordon in Matt Reeves' upcoming solo Batman film.

However, it turns out Wright was not the only actor up for the role. In fact, according to Variety's Justin Kroll, Mahershala Ali was also considered for the role, but his casting as Marvel's Blade changed all of that.

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"Fun little fact to all the BATMAN news, prior to going out to Wright, Mahershala was in line for the role...and then BLADE came around," Kroll tweeted.

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Ali was announced as Marvel's Blade during at this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego. The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will appear as the daytime-walking vampire in Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Wright isn't the only name that has surfaced for a role in Reeves' Batman. Jonah Hill is also reportedly in talks for a villainous role, which may turn out to be either The Riddler or The Penguin.

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Starring Robert Pattinson, The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, who will also produce alongside Dylan Clark. While casting is still underway, the film is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.

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