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23rd Nov 2019

Danny DeVito weighs in on Colin Farrell being cast as The Penguin

Rory Cashin

Meanwhile, another villain has been added to the new movie’s ranks…

Years ago, before the world took them too seriously, brilliant actors were giving incredible performances in comic book movies.

Well before Heath Ledger, Joaquin Phoenix, and Michael B. Jordan were bringing nuance and kinetic energy to the characters, all you have to do is look at Batman Returns, for the one-two-three knock-out of Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Christopher Walken as the trio of villains squaring off against the Dark Knight.

DeVito really relished being disgusting (the way he gnaws into that raw fish!) and representing the funhouse mirror version of Bruce Wayne (equally rich parents, but lost them in a very different way), so anyone looking to follow in his footsteps already has an uphill start.

A few weeks back, it was announced that our own Colin Farrell has been lined up to play the Penguin in the new version of The Batman, and his Dumbo co-star DeVito couldn’t be happier, telling ScreenRant: “Colin’s a great actor. He’s a good friend of mine. I’ve known him for many years and I think he’s going to do a great job as the Penguin. It’s going to be really interesting to see his take on it.”

Farrell joins an already stacked cast, with Paul Dano as The Riddler, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Alfred, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, and Robert Pattinson as The Batman, but this weekend sees another bad guy added to the ranks.

Director Matt Reeves took to Twitter to announce that John Turturro (The Big Lebowski, Transformers) will be playing mob boss Carmine Falcone, who was previously played by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins.

Additionally, after the iconic scores by Danny Elfman provided for Tim Burton and Hans Zimmer provided for Christopher Nolan, it has been confirmed that Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Lost, Jurassic World) will be on composing duties for the new movie.

The Batman is due for release in Irish cinemas in June 2021, so still lots of time to announce even more baddies.