Oscar Isaac has been rumored to be in talks for The Batman. How would that affect his role in Star Wars: Episode IX?
Rumors have surfaced lately of Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac meeting with Matt Reeves to discuss a potential role in The Batman, according to GWW. While this film has been surrounded by myths and rumors, there is still a good chance Isaac may actually join the cast, and it could greatly impact Star Wars Episode IX.
Will the filming schedules conflict? Will the role Isaac plays affect how people see him as Poe Dameron? I would like to examine just exactly what Oscar Isaac joining The Batman means for Star Wars Episode IX, and I hope I shed some light on two films shrouded in mystery.
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The Filming Schedule
One of the most alarming factors to consider with Isaac joining The Batman is if the filming schedule conflicts with Star Wars Episode IX. While I’m sure Isaac and his manager know what is best from a business standpoint, the truth is that we just don’t know when exactly The Batman will begin production. Depending on how important Isaac’s role is in the movie, this could cut down how much we see of Poe Dameron in Episode IX.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 20: Actor Ben Affleck attends the “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on March 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Another factor to consider is what character Isaac would play. With Ben Affleck having been in rehab, and many rumors circulated of this movie being a prequel, there’s a good chance Isaac may be playing Batman himself. If this is the case, then he will have a bigger role than if he was a side character. This again could interfere with how much we see of Poe Dameron in Episode IX, and it could even affect how Isaac looks and acts in the role.
Preparing to play a much darker character while you’re filming a movie where you play a handsome rogue is no easy task, and it may put a damper on the bad boy pilot that we’re used to seeing. Whether Isaac signs on to play Batman, a villain, or some other side character, there’s a good chance his preparation could conflict with his performance as Dameron, and that could spell danger for the whole of Star Wars Episode IX.
Though it’s likely Dameron would finish his Star Wars obligations before anything else.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 08: Actor Oscar Isaac takes selfies with fans during the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Mexico City premiere fan event at Cinemex Antara Polanco on December 8, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios)
Oscar Isaac is an excellent actor that his preparation for a role in The Batman may not interfere with his role as Poe Dameron, but it is almost certain to distort the fans’ perception of him.
Whenever I rewatch Sucker Punch or X-Men: Apocalypse, I don’t see the characters that Isaac is playing, I see Poe Dameron. If Isaac plays Batman or one of his iconic villains, then will fans start to see him as that character forever? Will he no longer be Poe Dameron or Oscar Isaac, but instead just a Batman character from here on out?
That’s a scary proposition to think of in regards to Episode IX, as the franchise desperately needs a resurgence in fan adoration. If fans just see Batman dressed as a rebel pilot, then the entire film loses some much needed momentum. The point I am trying to make is that if the fans don’t take Oscar Isaac’s performance as Poe Dameron seriously anymore, then Episode IX basically loses what was once a fan favorite character.