Andy Serkis and Colin Farrell tipped to join The Batman as iconic characters
Andy Serkis is currently being wooed by the Warner Bros. executives to play the iconic butler to Master Bruce Wayne — Alfred Pennyworth.
But he's not the only high-profile name currently in the running to play a potential iconic role in the Robert Pattinson helmed new Batman reboot. Colin Farrell is being tapped up to play the Penguin.
The two actors are in negotiations to join Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, who will play Catwoman and Paul Dano as The Riddler in a new take on the DC superhero.
Farrell is now in the running after Jonah Hill decided to pass on the film. The news first came late in September, explaining that Hill, the two-time Oscar nominee, was in talks with Matt Reeves, the director, about playing the role of a titular villain in the anti-hero flick. Naturally our minds gravitated towards the role of Penguin.
The last time a Batman movie saw the Penguin portrayed was in 1992 when Danny DeVito starred in Batman Returns, and has most recently been reimagined by Robin Lord Taylor in prequel series Gotham.
Pre-production on the film is expected to begin this summer. No official start date has been set, although insiders have said that filming will either begin late this year or early next.
Reeves is better known for making the last two Planet of the Apes films and took over Batman director duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017. Affleck dropped the role following Justice League, which let Reeves pick his own Bruce Wayne.
The first film in Reeves’s trilogy will hit theaters June 25, 2021.