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You won’t see too much of Colin Farrell’s Penguin in The Batman

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With many different Batmen over the past two decades, you might expect fans to be tired of seeing yet another person don the cowl to tell the story of the caped crusader once again. After Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy saw Christian Bale take on the role and then Ben Affleck wear the cape for a pair of films for what was hoped to be a long stint for the character in an interconnected universe, you could forgive fans for feeling Batman fatigue. However, the more news that comes out about director Matt Reeves’ new take on the character starring Robert Pattinson, the more hope there is that this movie will be something different and exciting.  

It’s not so much the story of Bruce Wayne himself that has my attention, but largely all the villains that are going to be featured in the movie. While little is known about the script, the film is said to feature members of Batman’s rogues gallery including Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/Riddler and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobbeplot/Penguin. The latter in particular was a surprising choice for the film, but one that has the potential to add something different to the role. In a recent interview with GMA News, Farrell got to share a bit about his excitement for the role, including revealing that his character isn’t a big part of the film:

I had only started it and I can’t wait to get back. The creation of it, the aesthetic of the character, has been fun and I really am so excited to get back and explore it. And I haven’t got that much to do. I have a certain amount in the film. I am not all over it by any means. But there are a couple of some tasty scenes I have in it and my creation and I can’t wait to get back. Yeah, I totally feel like it is something that I have not had the opportunity to explore before. It feels original and fun. But I am only at the start of the journey so I can’t wait to get back and really get into it.

One of the concerns of including too many characters and villains in a movie is that they can get diluted and you lose the character development they deserve. This is one of the risks that The Batman is taking, but it appears that based on Farrell’s comments that his role won’t be a big one, suggesting that his story may just be more of an origin for the character and a minor role, with another villain probably taking centre stage and possibly leaving Farrell open for another movie where his Penguin really be utilized.

I certainly like the idea of Matt Reeves’ Batman approach spanning several different films and having villains developed and set up for later movies certainly adds to the impressiveness of the story. The big question then though is who will be the big villain in the film? Will it be Dano’s Riddler, Kravitz’s Catwoman or could we possibly be seeing a bigger villain that hasn’t been announced just yet?

Last Updated: May 19, 2020

18 Comments

  1. Original Heretic

    May 19, 2020 at 10:54

    I like the approach they’re taking.
    In almost every Batman story (that doesn’t involve the JL), his villains have a presence.
    Somewhere. This is tying into that nicely.

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    • MechMachine

      May 19, 2020 at 12:59

      I found that Joker film to be so friggen dark. Wow.

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  2. MechMachine

    May 19, 2020 at 11:06

    I sometimes think Collin Farrell’s career is a meme. The only good movie he’s ever been in is Tigerland.

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 19, 2020 at 12:07

      Phone Booth was pretty good, I look back at the Daredevil movie with Ben Affleck and think to myself his portrayal as Bullseye was the only good thing in that movie.

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      • MechMachine

        May 19, 2020 at 12:48

        You’re right. I forgot about that movie.

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      • MechMachine

        May 19, 2020 at 12:53

        I look back at that movie and I feel bad thoughts. The fight scene at the play park was especially grrrrreat.

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      • Son of Banana Jim

        May 20, 2020 at 14:26

        The Ben Affleck Daredevil movie deserves to be mercilessly mocked, but yeah, Colin was an interesting Bullseye. He actually felt like a Batman villain from the Tim Burton years.

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        • Hammersteyn

          May 20, 2020 at 14:59

          If only Vincent D’onofrio played Kingpin and that fight scene in the park was omitted

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          • Son of Banana Jim

            May 20, 2020 at 15:12

            Yeah, that park fight scene… :/ and while the late Michael Clarke Duncan was a legend, he really was a piss-poor KIngpin lol.

          • Hammersteyn

            May 20, 2020 at 15:12

            Green Mile….. no, you’re crying!

          • Son of Banana Jim

            May 20, 2020 at 15:24

            It still gets me… right in the feels.

    • Original Heretic

      May 19, 2020 at 11:23

      Minority Report?
      Fright Night?
      In Bruges? (this one, especially!)

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      • MechMachine

        May 19, 2020 at 12:53

        Ok. My brain is getting older…sorry.

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 19, 2020 at 12:07

        This part XD

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      • MechMachine

        May 19, 2020 at 12:59

        But I never watched the remake of Fright Night. I never saw the point. In a weird twist of fate, the very people ( By association ) this article are speaking about ( Not Farrell ), kinda spoiled Vampire movies for me.

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        • Original Heretic

          May 19, 2020 at 14:38

          The remake was actually pretty damn good.
          I wasn’t sold on it, myself, and then I just “gave it a shot”. I was pleasantly surprised.

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          • MechMachine

            May 19, 2020 at 14:48

            Maybe when it shows on Tv or something.

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