Director and co-writer Matt Reeves took to Twitter to officially announce that Irish actor Colin Farrell is indeed playing the role Gotham City villain Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin in The Batman.
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) January 6, 2020
Former Penguin actor Danny DeVito had recently given his approval of Ferrell in the role as the two had recently worked together on Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo movie for Disney.
This announcement seemingly stems from set photos that have made their way online as production began over the weekend in the United Kingdom, something also teased by Jim Gordon actor Jeffrey Wright recently on Twitter as well.
Woke up jet lagged at 10pm thinking I was late. 4:45am now. Off to Gotham.?
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) January 5, 2020
The images posted on Twitter by @WadeGrav reveal a crime scene as there are uniformed cops along with possibly Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne on a motorcycle.
Just want to clear something up!
My pic on the left was taken at 12.30pm when they used a stand-in to set up the shot.
My pic on the right was taken at 3.30pm when filming was active and it's clearly Robert Pattinson.
Trousers, boots, jacket all have differences ? pic.twitter.com/htYFo2onbr
— Wade Gravett (@WadeGrav) January 6, 2020
There had been rumors that the film’s setting could take place in the 1990s, however, news vans on set had “HD” on them suggesting the film’s setting would be sometime in the 2000s at the earliest despite some older model cars being used for the Gotham Police Department.
Other cast members in the DC Comics film include Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, John Turturro as Gotham gangster Carmine Falcone, and Andy Serkis as the Wayne family’s loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth.
Serkis is currently directing Venom 2 at the same time as The Batman is shooting.
Even though fans are hungry to see Pattinson in his Batman costume that likely won’t be happening anytime soon, sadly.
We should be getting more set pictures given the exterior filming is likely to continue for the next couple of days.
Filming is mostly taking place on sound stages at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Watford, England.
It remains to be seen what comics the film will be inspired by (The Long Halloween seems to be the prime contender) and how The Batman will ultimately fit into the greater cinematic universe or will simply become its own standalone franchise like the Christopher Nolan trilogy.
The Batman is set for release on June 25th, 2021.
SOURCE: MATT REEVES