The Batman has an incredible cast, with Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Weight, and more huge actors attached. But one bit of casting that is drawing particular attention following the release of the first trailer for the film is Colin Farrell, who is unrecognizable as Oswald Cobblepot, also known as The Penguin.
The role was previously played by Danny DeVito in Batman Returns, who gave an extremely memorable, scenery (and nose) chewing performance as the malevolent crime boss, whose flipper-hands and chalky face was very close to the character’s appearance in comics and cartoons.
Now, DeVito has spoken with Collider about his role in The One And Only Ivan, and the It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia actor was asked to talk about Farrell taking up the mantle, and if he had given the actor any advice. DeVito, who previously worked with Farrell on the live-action Dumbo movie, said that he hasn’t seen him since but is very confident in his abilities.
“I haven’t spoken to him since, but I’m really looking forward to it,” DeVito says. “I think that no matter what, he’s gonna be great because he’s a great actor.”
As for advice, DeVito says that “the only thing he has to worry about is that Oswald Cobblepot will show up at his house,” before laughing and delivering one of his iconic Penguin noises. It’s pretty charming.
The Batman hits cinemas on October 1, 2021. For one DC trailers out out of DC FanDome, take a look at our breakdown of the Zack Snyder’s Justice League trailer, as well as a new look at Wonder Woman 1984.