UPDATED 1/7, 12:10 p.m. ET: Matt Reeves seemingly confirmed that Colin Farrell is indeed playing Penguin in The Batman

The tweet's hashtag #Oz is likely a reference to Penguin's birth name Oswald Cobblepot.

 

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UPDATED 11/14, 10:45 a.m. ET: Director Matt Reeves confirmed the reports that Andy Serkis will play Alfred Pennyworth:

Serkis has appeared in films like Black Panther and Long Shot, but his main claim to fame is his pioneering motion-capture work as characters like Gollum in Lord of the Rings, Caesar in Planet of the Apes, and Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars.

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Colin Farrell is in talks to play Penguin in the upcoming Batman reboot The Batman, according to Deadline. Should the star sign on, he'll square off against Robert Pattinson's Batman alongside The Riddler (Paul Dano) and Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz).

Plenty of huge names were attached to the movie at one time or another. Jonah Hill was originally being considered for a villain role in the movie, but dropped out of talks, reportedly over money. It's unknown if he was being considered for The Riddler, which eventually went to Dano, or for the Penguin role, which looks like its Farrell's to lose. 

And if fans reacted with initial shock at the casting of Pattinson, expect a similar reaction if the genetically gifted Farrell signs on to play a character who's not usually depicted as handsome by conventional standards. The good news for Farrell is that fans quickly embraced Pattinson, as he explained to Vanity Fair recently.

"To be honest, it was less vitriolic than I was expecting," he said.

With the rogue's gallery of villains close to fleshed out, casting now turns to other corners of the Gotham universe. According to Variety, Andy Serkis is in talks to take over the role of butler Alfred Pennyworth from Jeremy Irons, who played the manservant for the short tenure of Ben Affleck as Batman.  Jeffrey Wright has already been cast as Comissioner Gordon, and director Matt Reeves is reportedly on the hunt for his Harvey Dent.

The movie is scheduled for a release date of June 2021 and will shoot over the winter.