Ever since Robert Pattinson was confirmed to don the cape and cowl for Matt Reeves’ The Batman, fans have been chomping at the bit to figure out just who will be joining him on the big screen. But with a reported six villain lineup in the works, a lot of that attention has been spent waiting on learning who he’ll be facing off against. Thankfully, the pieces are finally starting to come together.
After negotiations fell through with Wolf of Wall Street and Superbad star Jonah Hill, we quickly heard that the film had gobbled up its Riddler in There Will Be Blood‘s Paul Dano and its Catwoman in Zoe Kravitz. And things got even sweeter earlier this week when Deadline brought us the news that both Warner Brothers and Matt Reeves have begun circling around Collin Farrell to play Gotham’s fowl foe, the Penguin.
Who’d be taking on the greedy bird, who’s been played most famously in film by Danny DeVito and Burgess Meredith and most recently by Robin Lord Taylor on Gotham, has been an up-and-down process. Over the last several months, the names of actors such as Josh Gad, Seth Rogen, Nicholas Hoult and Toby Jones were all attached to the part. But it looks like WB is setting its sails towards a familiar Fantastic Beasts face in Farrell.
And from a quick look at the social media spheres, this news appears to be sitting well with Batman fans. Go ahead and check out some of the celebration down below:
I'm here for Colin Farrell as an additional agile sexy penguin arms dealer pic.twitter.com/41fgiFsrKr
— Sabina Graves (@SabinaHasNoR) November 5, 2019
andy serkis as alfred & colin farrell as the penguin is definitely something i can get behind pic.twitter.com/bNKWE26o9N
— brandon (@clarksleague) November 5, 2019
Collin Farrell is great and his work as a villain is always tons of fun to watch (yes, even in Daredevil). Very excited for him as the Penguin. pic.twitter.com/E6PQAN8J8l
— Jordan Maison (@JordanMaison) November 5, 2019
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Can't wait for Colin Farrell's Penguin!! pic.twitter.com/T92eekUAhM
— Andrew Frye (@drewstevenfrye) November 6, 2019
COLIN FARRELL AS PENGUIN?????????? pic.twitter.com/7S0B4yvYUB
— shaun (@SUPBATS) November 5, 2019
If this news doesn’t strike your fancy, you can take solace in the fact that it isn’t totally confirmed yet. And given that The Batman isn’t set to hit theaters until June 25th, 2021, some cards can still get shuffled.