Bring Out Your Dead: John Cleese May Be Joining DCEU

There is scuttlebutt concerning that legendary comedian John Cleese is joining the DCEU, according to

The site reports that Twitter-user Dennis Lamb points out that the accounts for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and cinematographer Clay Enos have both followed Cleese recently. Cleese is, of course, most well-known for his time with Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and taking over the role of Q in Pierce Brosnan’s last two James Bond movies.

Take this news with a grain of salt, but it is a theory that the site can back-up. They point to the rumors about Joe Manganiello being cast as Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s The Batman long before any official announcement. Apparently before this news broke, several DC-related accounts began following Manganiello. Could be a coincidence.

Or maybe it isn’t.

Who Cleese would play is a toss-up. Jeremy Irons already plays Alfred Pennyworth, but my knowledge of supporting British characters in the DC Universe ends there. Besides Justice League and The Batman, the DCEU plans on making individual movies for Wonder Woman, Aquaman (July 27, 2018), The Flash (March 16, 2018), Cyborg (April 3, 2020), and Green Lantern Corps. (July 24, 2020).

The first of these to hit theaters is Wonder Woman, on June 7, 2017. Gal Godot plays the Amazonian warrior under direction by Patty Jenkins. The screenplay is written by Allen Heinberg and Geoff Johns.

After that, Justice League opens on November 17, 2017. It stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Godot returning to play Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, respectively. Zack Snyder directs from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio.

No theatrical release date is set for The Batman as of now.


Ryan Malik
Ryan Malik
Ryan is a screenwriter with a BFA in Film from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. He's a connoisseur of Batman, Ghostbusters, Hitchcock, Scorsese, Stephen King, and Pop-Tarts. Tweet me @Theaterfilms1