‘The Batman’: New Trailer Has Fans Convinced That a ‘Spin City’ Star Is The Penguin, Not Colin Farrell

The Batman director Matt Reeves recently gave fans of the DC Extended Universe a sneak peek at the upcoming film during his DC Fandome panel. However, when fans got their first look at the footage, many were convinced Colin Farrell was not playing the Penguin. Instead, many believed a certain star of the 90s ABC sitcom Spin City was playing the iconic villain.

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‘The Batman’ star Colin Farrell | Geoff Robins / AFP via Getty Images

Matt Reeves says ‘The Batman’ is a work in progress

Reeves admitted that they had only shot 25 percent of the movie before production shut down in March due to the pandemic. Luckily, he still shared a teaser for the highly-anticipated film. Reeves explained that there was no way he “couldn’t show part of the movie”

As Deadline points out, the trailer is very dark, and it gives fans their first look at Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne. The two-minute teaser has a “70s tone” like Todd Phillips’ Joker.

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“It’s not an origins tale, but you’re meeting him in the early days,” revealed Reeves. “A lot of the other (cinema) stories showed he had to master his fear and himself to become Batman.”

In his movie, Reeves says that they “met in the middle of this criminological experiment.” He added that viewers will watch Batman “make mistakes.” Reeves explained that he’s not having the effect that he wanted to have. This is when the “murders begin to happen.”

In one scene from the trailer, a gang leader asks Pattinson’s Batman, “The hell you supposed to be?” He replies, “I’m vengeance.”

‘The Batman’ features a talented cast with iconic villains

In the teaser, Pattinson’s Batman is noticeably younger and different. Fans have already described his take on the superhero as “emo.” Jeffrey Wright takes on the role of James Gordon. There will also be plenty of iconic villains. Reeves says that Paul Dano’s version of the Riddler is something fans have never seen before.

“He’s just emerging,” said Reeves. “Ditto for Andy Serikis’ Alfred and Colin Farrell’s Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin.”

He added that Selina “isn’t Catwoman yet.” As fans know, that role will be played by Zoe Kravitz.

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The one detail from the trailer that really has fans talking on social media is Farrell’s Penguin. The role hasn’t been tackled on screen since 1992’s Batman Returns. Of course, fans could never forget Danny Devito’s dramatic take on the part.

Farrell’s transformation is so startling that the Horrible Bosses star is unrecognizable. According to Too Fab, some fans didn’t think it was Farrell at all. The most popular reaction on Twitter was from fans who believed that that Spin City star and legendary comedian Richard Kind was portraying The Penguin.

Colin Farrell as The Penguin could be Richard Kind’s twin

There is just a brief few seconds when Farrell appears in the new trailer for The Batman. However, those handful of images imply the makeup artist was trying to make Farrell look exactly like Kind. It truly is uncanny.

It does make sense, though, because canon is clear about the Penguin’s backstory. Cobblepot becomes his villainous alter-ego because he has been made fun of all his life for his appearance. In close-ups it appears that Farrell’s Penguin has some heavy scarring, but how that happened isn’t clear.

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It could be from a birth defect or a childhood accident. There is also a possibility that Reeves’ vision for The Penguin has a bit of a twist. Maybe, he was once incredibly handsome like Farrell but suffered some kind of accident as an adult. This possibly caused his appearance to change.

Fans will have to wait more than a year to find out the truth about Colin Farrell’s Penguin. The Batman is scheduled to hit theaters on October 1, 2021.