If you didn’t catch Colin Farrell in “The Batman” trailer during your first watch, you likely aren’t alone. At the DC FanDome virtual convention on Saturday, Warner Bros. debuted the first official trailer for the much-anticipated reboot, “The Batman.”
Fans got their first glimpse at Robert Pattinson in the titular role of the Dark Knight. The Fandome was even excited to see Zoë Kravitz kicking ass as Catwoman. But the real transformation that had everyone shocked was Colin Farrell’s portrayal as The Penguin, an iconic Batman villain.
Colin’s Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin
While many fans marveled at director Matt Reeves‘ interpretation of the iconic comic book franchise with a dark, gritty look and ominous tone. Others can’t stop talking about Colin Farrell as the villainous Penguin. With the help of some incredible prosthetics and makeup work, Farrell transforms into Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, who makes three brief appearances in the two-minute-plus teaser.
In his first scene, he can be seen standing in the rain looking like a formidable foe, with an angry and vicious scowl on his face. An even quicker clip shows what appears to be Penguin and his villainous cohorts firing their guns while in the midst of a shootout. In a final shot, Penguin is engaged in a high-speed chase through the streets of Gotham City. With the Batmobile in pursuit. During all the high-octane action he looks into his rearview mirror and giddily remarks, ‘This guy’s crazy!’
“He’s gonna be great because he’s a great actor”
Danny DeVito previously starred as the Penguin in 1992’s “Batman Returns,” opposite Michael Keaton’s Batman. DeVito recently praised his successor.
The 75 year old actor said he’s “really looking forward” to seeing the Penguin portrayed by Farrell. Whom he co-starred with in last year’s “Dumbo” (which also starred Keaton). “He’s gonna be great because he’s a great actor,” DeVito added.
“The creation of it, the aesthetic of the character, has been fun”
Back in May, Farrell teased his “The Batman” role, calling the opportunity to play the character “exciting.”
“To be a part of that universe and just there are certain words that are part of my internal lexicon. Gotham City, Penguin, Joker, Batman, Bruce Wayne, Harvey Dent, all these things,” Farrell told GMA News Online at the time. “The creation of it, the aesthetic of the character, has been fun and I really am so excited to get back and explore it,” Farrell added.
“It is something that I have not had the opportunity to explore before”
Farrell also revealed that the Penguin doesn’t have a large role in the film. Which features several other iconic villains, including Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman and Paul Dano as the Riddler.
“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,” he explained. “But there are a couple of some tasty scenes I have in it and my creation and I can’t wait to get back.” Despite a smaller role, Farrell said the character is a challenge in that “it is something that I have not had the opportunity to explore before.”
“One of the things that are interesting is learning how to be Batman”
During DC Comics’ virtual FanDome event on Saturday, director Matt Reeves explained that the film follows the “early days” of Batman. When Bruce Wayne is “very far from being perfect.”
“One of the things that are interesting is learning how to be Batman. It’s a criminological experiment. He’s trying to figure out what he can do to change this place,” said Reeves. “He’s seeing he’s not having any of the effect he wants to have. That’s when the murders start to happen … and it opens up a whole new world of corruption. Without being an origin tale, it ends up touching on his origins.”
The Batman Cast
Along with Pattinson and Farrell, The Batman also stars Jeffrey Wright as Gotham Police Department commissioner, James Gordon. John Turturro as mob boss, Carmine Falcone. Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham D.A., Gil Colson. Zoe Kravitiz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/Riddler. Barry Keoghan as Stanley Merkel. Jayme Lawson as mayoral candidate, Bella Reál and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, the Wayne family’s faithful butler.
“The Batman” is expected to open in theaters on Oct. 1, 2021. Filming is expected to resume on the movie this fall.