The Batman started shooting this week in London, and as a result, Matt Reeves confirmed that Colin Farrell has been officially cast as The Penguin.
The director of The Batman, Matt Reeves, took to Twitter today with a gif of Colin Farrell with the tag saying, “Wait– is that you #Oz?” Reeves has been using Twitter as the source of all casting confirmations for the new iteration of Batman on the silver screen, especially after most of the castings have started leaking. This casting is one of the worst kept secrets around this film, as Farrell was rumored to be a part of the project since almost the beginning of January 2019, when Ben Affleck officially bowed out as Batman.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wait — is that you, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Oz?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Oz</a> ? 🦇 <a href="https://t.co/xHj9m6OXhf">pic.twitter.com/xHj9m6OXhf</a></p>— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) <a href="https://twitter.com/mattreevesLA/status/1214330565803094017?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 6, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Since filming has begun, the usual set photos have started leaking, one of the photos showed what appears to be Farrell as a well dressed Penguin. This version of The Penguin, seems more like the Penguin seen on Gotham. Impeccable dress and well educated, he seems to be a more subtle rich crime lord, versus the monster seen in Batman Returns or the more flamboyant personality in Gotham. This could be a brand new take in popular media as Penguin usually struggles to attain that high society spotlight he so desperately craves, even in the comics he more closely resembles the short monster who runs the Gotham underworld, but here, he may already have the fame and riches he craves in the comics.
One of the other photos shows Bruce Wayne, played by Robert Pattinson, sitting astride a motorcycle for a dolly shot. There are also several photos showing the picture vehicles that are set up to be Gotham Police cars and Gotham news vans.
Matt Reeves has started assembling some of the best from the rogue gallery of the Dark Knight including the Riddler who is being played by Paul Dano, Carmine Falcone is being played by John Turtorro, and Zoe Kravitz playing Catwoman. Colin Farrell being added to this cast just adds even more talent to this incredible cast in the rogues gallery.
Reeves has Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth to aid Pattinson’s Batman in this upcoming film.
The Batman will be released on July 25, 2021 and its status of whether or not it is in the DCEU is still unknown.