After plenty of rumors and speculation, Colin Farrell has been confirmed as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin in The Batman, slated for a 2021 release.
Director Matt Reeves apparently revealed the news on his Twitter page.
Farrell will become just the second actor to portray the popular Batman villain in a live theatrical film. To date, Danny DeVito is the lone actor to have done so, performing as Penguin in Batman Returns (1992), which also starred Michael Keaton as Batman and Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
Both Farrell and Andy Serkis were recently tied to the roles of Penguin and Alfred Pennyworth, respectively. Two months ago, Reeves confirmed that Serkis would be portraying Batman’s close friend and butler.
Farrell joins a star-studded cast that has only grown stronger over time. Robert Pattinson was first cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Zoe Kravitz (Catwoman) and Paul Dano (Riddler) followed soon after. Jeffrey Wright will portray Commissioner Gordon, while John Turturro was recently confirmed as Carmine Falcone as well.
It’ll be interesting to see Penguin and Catwoman in another Batman film together. DeVito and Pfeiffer displayed excellent on-set chemistry with Keaton in Batman Returns,. Now, Pattinson will try to follow those footsteps with Kravitz and Farrell.
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Dano, like Farrell, will become just the second person to portray his respective character in a live Batman theatrical film. Jim Carrey first portrayed Riddler/Edward Nygma in Batman Forever (1995).
Reeves took over for Zack Snyder as the new director of the Batman franchise, while Pattinson replaced Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader. Snyder and Affleck worked together on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), both of which were met with negative reviews.
Batman films tend to include one central villain, with another from the Rogues Gallery acting as a supporting character. But Reeves is loading up quickly on the most popular Batman villains, and it’ll be interesting to see if he adds more.
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