After a long drought, DC FanDome provided some much-needed content for anxious DC Universe fans. Ranging from a new Snyder cut trailer to the revival of Milestone comics, the 24-hour online event was full of awesome reveals. The closing panel focused on Matt Reeves’s hotly anticipated upcoming film The Batman, which sees Robert Pattinson donning the cape and cowl. Fans raved about the trailer, but more news happened quietly overnight.
In a press release acquired by /Film, Warner Bros. revealed Irish actor Barry Keoghan has been cast in The Batman as Officer Stanley Merkel. Those with an indepth knowledge of Batman canon would recognize him as Commissioner Gordon’s former partner, who has appeared in a handful of issues. His biggest role, unfortunately for him, was as a “red shirt” in Batman: Dark Victory #6, where he was introduced and then quickly killed off by the Hangman, a serial killer who left hangman-style puzzles at the scene of the crime.
Hangman was the alias of Sofia Falcone, the mob boss Carmine Falcone’s daughter. Carmine will be portrayed by Jon Turturro in The Batman, so an appearance by his daughter is likely. Keoghan’s Merkel may meet the same grisly end as the one in Dark Victory and make the crime all the more personal for Batman and Jim Gordon.