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Colin Farrell In Talks To Play Penguin In The Batman

Colin Farrell In Talks To Play Penguin In The Batman

Colin Farrell and Andy Serkis are two of the latest actors reportedly being eyed up for roles in Matt Reeves' upcoming film The Batman.

As reported by Deadline, the pair are in talks with Warner Bros, with Farrell potentially playing The Penguin, while Serkis may be set to play the role of Alfred Pennyworth - Batman's butler and confidante.

Andy Serkis will potentially play Alfred. Credit: PA
Andy Serkis will potentially play Alfred. Credit: PA

Taking on the role previously portrayed by Danny DeVito in 1992's Batman Returns, the 43-year-old Irish film star will have a lot to live up to. It will be his first comic-book film since 2003's Daredevil.

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If all goes well, it would mean they join Paul Dano as The Riddler and Zoe Kravtiz as Catwoman. Also confirmed is Robert Pattinson, who will portray the man himself (Batman obvs).

In fact, the way the news was revealed about Pattinson's role in the new film didn't exactly go to plan, when he became a victim of the ol' Hollywood rumour mill.

The fact that he was set to become the next lead in the upcoming Batman movie broke before he'd even auditioned for the role - when the casting gossip started circulating and eventually it was leaked by someone who clearly shouldn't be told secrets.

To put it bluntly, the 33-year-old was 'f**king furious' - his words, not mine. Speaking to Variety, the Twilight actor explained that he was on his way to the Cannes Film Festival when someone tipped off the press about the top-secret project.

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Only it wasn't really a top-secret project, because he hadn't even attempted to bag the role at that point.

Worried that the gossip might put the film company off working with him, he explained: "When that thing leaked, I was f***ing furious. Everyone was so upset. Everyone was panicking from my team. I sort of thought that had blown up the whole thing."

Robert Pattinson will play Batman. Credit: PA
Robert Pattinson will play Batman. Credit: PA

Eventually the news was confirmed by Warner Bros on 31 May, but Pattinson had been keen on it for a while, after hearing that the script focused on a younger version of Bruce Wayne.

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He explained: "I'd had Batman in my mind for a while. It's such an absurd thing to say. I sort of had an idea to do it, and I'd been prodding Matt [Reeves, who's down to direct the movie]. He didn't accept any prods. I kept asking to meet him."

Maybe this was a role he'd been aspiring to take on for much longer than we initially thought, as Pattinson told Variety: "When I was a kid, it was the only outfit that I had."

Pattinson will follow in the footsteps of Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck as the latest caped crusader.

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Topics: TV and Film, Batman

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Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]