There have been reports that The Penguin will be in Matt Reeves’ The Batman movie, so here’s a list of five actors who could play the role.
With the news that Robert Pattinson is in line to play Batman in Matt Reeves’ Batman movie, people started to wonder who he might be facing off in the film.
It was then rumoured – thanks to The Hollywood Reporter – that The Penguin and Catwoman would be the film’s villains.
Hush, Harvey Two-Face, Calendar Man, Hugo Strange, The Court of Owls… Literally, any of these villains deserve to be brought to, or back, to the big screen.
Yet, it seems as though Reeves is using The Penguin and Catwoman, and I’ll reserve judgment until after I’ve seen the movie.
Here are a few suggestions that I think would make excellent Penguins (the DC Comics villain, not the animal itself).
5. Dan Fogler
You might know Fogler from the Fantastic Beasts movies, and honestly, he’s wasted in them. Fogler is a very talented actor who’s shown a remarkable versatility both on the big and small screen. He was in Hannibal, The Walking Dead, Fanboys and of course, both Fantastic Beast movies. He’s often seen as a funny man but he has a darker side to him too which he could explore as The Penguin in The Batman. He’d certainly give Robert Pattinson’s potential Batman a run for his money.
4. Andy Serkis
What hasn’t been written about Andy Serkis? The guy is easily one of the very best actors working in Hollywood and it’s a travesty that he hasn’t even received a nomination for his sterling work. The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and most recently, The Planet of the Apes movies. Serkis is a genuine talent and would bring his A-game to the role of The Penguin. It would also be nice to see him step away from the motion capture and show Hollywood what he can do without having to deal with the bizarre stigma around motion capture performances. He’s also worked with Matt Reeves before which might help get him cast in the role.
3. Toby Jones
Again, another fantastic actor who doesn’t get the plaudits or the recognition he deserves in Hollywood. Toby Jones is terrific in absolutely everything he’s in, and talk about versatility. I’d struggle to think of a more versatile actor working in Hollywood today. He can do anything, and he deserves a big starring role. He has been in the Marvel movies, which was great casting. But I’d like to see him sink his teeth in a role like The Penguin, and hopefully get some Oscar buzz come Awards season for it.
2. Timothy Spall
There seems to be a bit of theme with this list of actors who’d make brilliant Penguins. They’ll all underappreciated in Hollywood and are mostly British. Well, here’s another one for you: Timothy Spall. Spall is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best actors working today. He’s just such a watchable actor and can handle anything you throw at him. He’s also got experience working in big franchises, having played Peter Pettigrew in the Potter films. However, he’s also got that creepy look needed to play the Penguin. I can just imagine a fantastic scene in which Batman meets The Penguin for the first time, and Spall could make it so gloriously creepy. I’d be well chuffed if Spall got the role.
1. Josh Gad
This name has been bandied about A LOT in relation to the Penguin role. He’s been heavily campaigning for it, and so he should. He’d be a great choice for the role. It’s often said that comic actors make the best villains, and this would certainly be the case with Gad. He’s known as the bubbly and loveable guy who does the voice of Olaf in Frozen. However, he could really show off his acting chops and darker side at The Penguin. He’d make an excellent foe for Pattinson’s Batman, or whoever ends up getting the superhero role.
Anyway, The Batman, or whatever it’ll be called, is scheduled for release on June 25th, 2021, but that could change in time.
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