For some time we have heard that Colin Farrell was cast as The Penguin in Matt Reeves new Batman movie, that we are tentatively calling The Batman for now. However, unlike some of the other roles cast, no one has ever officially said that Farrell is playing the Batman villain in the movie, until now that is.
Yesterday saw some BTS shots of what some have speculated could have been Penguin, the shots themselves simply show a man with white hair holding an umbrella, and having looked at it, I don’t see the connection to Penguin. For one thing, it’s clearly not Farrell in those shots, though some have speculated it could be his stunt double, though I can’t see why they’d need a stunt double for a shot or a scene that doesn’t appear to be stunt-heavy — unless it was just a double to help them set up a shot while Farrell chilled in his trailer.
However, perhaps to get ahead of the speculation whether correct or not, Matt Reeves has posted on Twitter what I take to be an official announcement that Farrell is indeed playing Penguin. Check it out.
Wait — is that you, #Oz ? 🦇 pic.twitter.com/xHj9m6OXhf
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) January 6, 2020
Reeves asks Farrell, ” Wait – is that you?” with a gif of Farrell’s famous shrug from In Bruges which most of us have probably used at some point in the past. It also has the hashtag #Oz and a little symbol of a bat. To me, that #Oz could be for Oswald Cobblepot, the real name of Penguin. Either way, it does seem pretty certain that Reeves is having a little fun with fans here and that Farrell is indeed playing Penguin in his Batman movie, which to be fair, we have all known unofficially for some time now.
Whilst we don’t know for sure what the plot of this movie will be, rumor is that Reeves is adapting the basic story of ‘The Long Halloween’, a story where Batman is investigating a killer and going through his rogues’ gallery looking for clues to the killer’s identity. This would account for the many different villains that have already been cast for the movie and also matches Reeves’ desire to see Batman doing some actual detective work in his movie. Here is what Reeves said specifically when he spoke with THR back in January of last year.
“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” he said. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”
When added to the known villains in this movie, (so far we know for a fact Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, and Two-Face are involved and from what we hear, so are Mad Hatter and Firefly) and then add in Reeves comments above, it’s no wonder speculation has been rife about an adaptation of ‘The Long Halloween’. I do like the idea of us arriving in a world where Batman has been operating for some time, and these villains are already out there and have tussled with the Bat previously. That aspect is I think one of the main attractions that gamers had to the Arkham games from Rocksteady and Reeves would do well to take some inspiration from those games given how popular they have been.
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SOURCE: Matt Reeves (via Twitter), THR