The Batman director Matt Reeves has confirmed Colin Farrell‘s role in the forthcoming superhero film. Taking to Twitter to announce the casting news, the filmmaker officially introduced the Irish actor as the umbrella-wielding, suit-wearing Oswald Cobblepot — better known as Penguin.
Farrell’s name has been attached to the Warner Bros. movie since November 2019 after it was confirmed that Jonah Hill would not be assuming the role of either Penguin or Two-Face. Joining fellow antagonists Paul Dano as The Riddler, John Torturro as Carmine Falcone and possibly Peter Sarsgaard as Two-Face, they will be going head-to-head against Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Jim Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth.
According to Reeves, The Batman will be a “point of view-driven, noir Batman tale.” He explained, “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.”
The Batman premieres June 25, 2021.
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— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) January 6, 2020