Batman Forever has been surprisingly in the headlines quite a bit over the course of the last year; its director, Hollywood icon Joel Schumacher, passed away in June of 2020, and shortly thereafter, rumors started to circulate that Warner Bros. had in its possession a “director’s cut” of Batman Forever, which was longer, and darker in tone. Some fans have advocated for an HBO Max release for the movie.We’re officially less than a week away from the premiere of Naomi, the latest live-action series within the ever-sprawling DCTV world. The CW series follows the solo stories of Naomi McDuffie (Kaci Walfall), and draws inspiration from the Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker, and Jamal Campbell series of the same name. In the grand scheme of things, Naomi is a relatively new character, with her only getting her second solo comics arc later this year. As a result, fans have already begun to wonder where the series’ narrative will go in the long run. During Naomi’s panel as part of the Television Critics Association winter press tour, series co-creator Ava DuVernay teased that the show will be paving a unique narrative ground.
Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment scream 2022 of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.”They have been the epitome of the antithesis of toxic masculinity,” DuVernay explained. “They have said, ‘This is our baby, and you take her, and you raise her in the way that you want.’ They have been lovely in being very hands-off… That was something that they gave us as a gift as artists and creators to say, ‘Look, we’re not going to micromanage this process. We love Naomi, we would love to see how she is in the hands of two women. You all take it and do your thing.’”
Starring alongside Pattinson (Tenet, The Lighthouse) as Gotham’s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz (Big Little Lies, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (No Time to Die, Westworld) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the Transformers films, The Plot Against America) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, Interrogation) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (Farewell Amor) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the Planet of the Apes films, Black Panther) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (The Gentlemen, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) as Oswald Cobblepot.Both of them have been amazingly supportive of us going off and independently taking Naomi where she’ll go in the series, which will be a different path than where she’ll go in the next season of the comics,” DuVernay continued. “I think Naomi is a muscular enough character, and she deserves and can hold multiple iterations of artists interpreting her, just like Spider-Man, just like Batman. Naomi should be able to have those multiple interpretations as well.