Us and M’Baku actor Winston Duke is the next Bruce Wayne, but he isn’t replacing Robert Pattinson or Ben Affleck. Instead, Duke is playing the voice of the man behind the Bat in a new podcast that is a whole new take on the World’s Greatest Detective.
Duke stars as Bruce, now a forensic pathologist, in Batman Unburied – a dramatic podcast executive produced by Dark Knight and Man of Steel writer David Goyer as announced back in July 2021.
Working at Gotham Hospital outside his nightlife as a costumed vigilante, Wayne has to investigate the activities of a killer named the Harvester who, true to his nom de guerre, steals the organs of his victims.
To catch this serial murderer, he has to overcome his own mental demons to protect Gotham as Batman, and to aid him he turns to Edward Nygma, The Riddler.
Batman Unburied features a diverse English-language cast that includes Hasan Minhaj as Riddler, Gina Rodriguez as Batgirl, Lance Reddick as Thomas Wayne, Toks Olagundoye as Martha Wayne, the half-Thai Ashly Burch as Vicki Vale, and John Rhys-Davies as Dr. Hunter.
Part of a first-look deal between DC/Warner and the service, the drama is a first in Spotify exclusives that are intended to roll out over the next couple of years, regardless of the merger with Discovery and resulting regime change – or so it seems.
Other planned series will reportedly focus on female heroes/antiheroes Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Batgirl (possibly played again by Rodriguez though it’s not mentioned), and Lois Lane.
Directed by music video director Alex Kemp, Batman Unburied is written by the team of Eric Carrasco, Saladin Ahmed, Rebecca Klingel, and co-executive producer Graham Westerson.
With adaptations ready for the Brazil, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Mexico listening markets, the series premieres in English on May 5th.
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