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In a surprise to many, it seems that Barry Keoghan snuck into the cast of The Batman at some point.

It seems that there was at least one bit of casting news somehow was kept quiet about The Batman. It was revealed in the description attached to The Batman trailer on YouTube that Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) had signed on to play Stanley Merkel.

Stanley Merkel was James Gordon’s original partner, and most famously appeared in the Batman: Year One storyline. Seeing as Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) is only referred to as “GCPD’s Jim Gordon,” it does seem he is not the commissioner quite yet in this film.

With the confirmation that this is only in the second year of Batman’s crusade, it makes sense that we aren’t dealing with quite the origin, but everyone is still finding their place in this world of Gotham. During the Batman panel at DC FanDome, Reeves gave examples such as Selina Kyle (Zoe Kravitz) isn’t fully Catwoman yet, and Oswald Cobblepot (Colin Farrell) isn’t a crime kingpin yet and despises being called ‘Penguin.’

How large or small Keoghan’s role will remains to be seen.

Currently, The Batman is scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 1, 2021.

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