THE BATMAN by director Matt Reeves has certainly built up an impressive cast. Robert Pattinson will wear the cape and hood to play Bruce Wayne / Batman, Zoe Kravitz is expected to play Selina Kyle / Catwoman, and actor Jeffrey Wright will get his commissioner as James Gordon.
In addition, Paul Dano will assume the role of master questioner Edward Nygma / Riddler and alumnus of Lord of the Rings Andy Serkis will feed champagne and information from Master Bruce under the name of Alfred Pennyworth.
Dude if they threw Jeff Goldblum as a scarecrow, this movie might have too much genius to endure. Another big name surrounding a major role was FANTASTIC BEASTS and THE GENTLEMEN actor Colin Farrell. JoBlo reported in November that True Detective star was in talks to play the Batman villain Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin. Originally actor Jonah Hill was looking for an umbrella touting the bird lover, but those talks ultimately failed. Well, it looks like the “talks” have solidified into “confirmation,” as both Matt Reeves and the stills point out. Coy as always, Matt Reeves went to Twitter yesterday to apparently confirm Colin Farrell’s involvement by posting a shrugging actor’s Gif to IN BRUGES:
Now, although this tweet in itself is not firm confirmation, the photos of Farrell offer proof. Although THE BATMAN is not expected until June of next year, filming has already started in London, England. Several areas were cordoned off on film scenes and a lucky observer at work by the name of Wade Gravett had the chance to take some photos and catch Colin Farrell in action. Check it out:
Although a little difficult to see, one of the images in question seems to be Colin Farrell. Although he wields an umbrella, the rest of his appearance is not at all like a penguin. Farrell doesn’t seem to have gained weight for the role (Penguin is a corpulent guy) and he’s not wearing his signature monocle. In addition, Farrell’s penguin rather than being bald, has flowing silver hair.
I don’t know about you guys but these changes don’t bother me at all. As long as Farrell delivers a dynamic performance with the spirit of Penguin, I will be satisfied. As a Batman fan forever, I can’t overstate how excited I am for this movie. The cast is just phenomenal and Matt Reeves is a brilliant writer and director. With Catwoman, the Riddler, the Penguin and Carmine Falcone ready to make appearances in THE BATMAN, it seems that Reeves has quite the Rogue gallery in store for Bruce Wayne. It will be interesting to see how they take into account the story of Reeves, which would be a much darker film showcasing Batman’s detective skills. Hopefully all of the above characters get their due.