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Colin Farrell Provides Intriguing Details About Penguin's Role In The Batman

One of the DC Universe's most iconic superheroes, Batman, is on the verge of another reboot. The Caped Crusader will be played by Robert Pattinson, the dynamic actor who got his start in the "Twilight" series but has since gone on to work in a wide variety of exciting roles, such as his appearance in "The Lighthouse" and "Good Time."

The driving force behind "The Batman" is director Matt Reeves, who promises to make the gritty revamp completely different from any other Batman movies that have come before it. This includes fresh takes on some of the superhero's most iconic villains, such as Riddler, played by Paul Dano, and Penguin, who is brought to life by an unrecognizable Colin Farrell.

The last time Penguin appeared in a Batman film, he was played by Danny DeVito, who offered a sinister, yet inherently comedic take on the deranged king of the sewers. That approach, of course, was right in line with what fans had come to expect from Tim Burton's colorful and inventive pair of Batman films, but that obviously wouldn't fit with Reeves' new look for the character.

Fans are eager to see how the next iteration of Penguin plays out, and Farrell took some time to explain how the character appears in the film. Here are the intriguing details that Colin Farrell shared about Penguin's role in "The Batman."

Ferrell spoke about Penguin's prominence in The Batman and the character's costume

During an appearance on the "Happy Sad Confused" podcast, as reported by Collider, Colin Farrell spoke about how excited he was to see the upcoming movie due to, in part, his limited involvement with it. Farrell explained, "I'm only in it for five or six scenes, so I can't wait to see the film because it won't be ruined by my presence. Really, it's a freebie to me."

While Penguin may be a much smaller presence in the film than Paul Dano's Riddler is expected to be, the amount of effort that went into preparing a costume was significant. One of the elements that make the actor so unrecognizable is the character's size. However, Farrell was hesitant to risk his health by gaining weight for the role, as he did in "The North Water," an upcoming BBC Two limited series. "I know the top actors that go up and down, and God bless them, I wish them good health," he said. "But for me, I think 'The North Water' is the last time I'll go up that much."

Even after the decision was made to have makeup designer Mike Marino build a costume for Farrell, the actor remained unsure of how he would portray the character. However, Farrell stated, "I was a bit lost. And then, when I saw what Mike did, the whole character made sense to me. I swear to God, I saw what he did, and I just went 'Ok,' and I got really excited about it."