The Batman: Colin Farrell revealed his importance in the film

The Batman: Colin Farrell revealed his importance in the film

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Colin Farrell recently revealed the importance of his role as the Penguin in the highly anticipated film The Batman. The latter, directed by director Matt Reeves, will mark a new era for the Dark Knight played by Robert Pattinson and will also see the appearance of historical characters from the DC Comics universe played by new actors, including Farrell himself. However, Reeves' adaptation will reportedly be set on Earth-2 of the DCEU and therefore will not have any relationship with Ben Affleck's Batman which, instead, will appear in another highly anticipated movie or The Flash.

In addition to Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, The Batman will also see Andy Serkis as faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman. The villains, on the other hand, will be Paul Dano in the role of the Riddler and Colin Farrel in that of the Penguin. The first look at the antagonists was given thanks to the trailer that premiered at last year's DC FanDome and fans were shocked at how unrecognizable Farrell was due to his makeup.

The Batman: The Words by Colin Farrell

There is more to it than makeup and the actor revealed it during an interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. Here Colin Farrell spoke with Josh Horowitz about the scope of his role in The Batman and revealed that he was only present for "five or six scenes" for a total of about nine minutes of screen time. He then also joked that he is thrilled to see the full movie because he will "not be ruined" by his constant presence. These are his words:

"I'm only in it for five or six scenes, so I can't wait to see the film because it won't be spoiled by my presence. It is a tribute to me, I feel a little uncomfortable for the nine minutes I have and for the rest I can't wait to see how the director has brought this world to life. Because the sets were extraordinary, the production design was fantastic and the use of music and sound will be extraordinary. And everyone thinks this, even Robert and Zoe. "

According to these words, then it seems that the Riddler will have the role of the main antagonist, which is why DC has not yet revealed much about the character played by Dano. After all, it's not the first time that Oswald Cobblepot, aka Penguin, plays the role of secondary villain. He had already done so in other film adaptations of the past such as Tim Burton's Batman, Joel Schumacher and Christopher Nolan. By the way, on Amazon you can find the complete box set of the Nolan trilogy!

The Batman: Colin Farrell Says He Is The Penguin In Only 'Five or Six Scenes'

Colin Farrell, who is set to play The Penguin in Matt Reeves' The Batman, has revealed that his character is only in 'five or six scenes' of the film.

As reported by Collider, Farrell made an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast and shared his experience working on The Batman which will star Robert Pattinson as The Dark Knight himself.

Alongside revealing that The Batman will have a 'unique take on the Dark Knight mythology,' he also jokingly said that the movie could be more successful since it has less of him in it.

'I’m only in it for five or six scenes, so I can’t wait to see the film because it won’t be ruined by my presence. Really, it’s a freebie to me. I’ll get a little bit uncomfortable for the f-ing nine minutes I have, and then the rest of it, I cannot wait to see how he [Reeves] brought this world to life,' Farrell said.

Farrell's reveal as The Batman was one of the most talked about points as he is barely recognizable in the role. The actor discussed how makeup artist Mike Marino and the crew chose to use a fat suit to circumvent health issues, as Farrell was still dealing with the fallout of his weight changes from The North Water.

“Mike Marino is a genius. He’s an absolute and veritable genius. And that word gets thrown out a lot, but he is a drawing, sculpting, shaping genius,' Farrell said. 'And he created this visage for the Penguin. I mean he and Matt talked about what physically the character stature would be, and I had been quite big for The North Water and I didn’t want to naturally go big again cause I had a few little health things as a result of The North Water and I was just like, f-ck, this acting thing ain’t this important.

'I know the top actors that go up and down, and God bless them, I wish them good health. But for me, I think The North Water is the last time I’ll go up that much. So, we decided on a fat suit.”

Farrell concluded by continuing to praising Marino, saying his work, and not Farrell's acting, is what will truly make this character special.

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“Look, I only had, as I said, five or six scenes, or seven scenes, and I wasn’t quite… I was up here early stages, looking at what I felt, what I could do, what I could bring to it,' Farrell said. 'I was a bit lost. And then, when I saw what Mike did, the whole character made sense to me. I swear to God, I saw what he did, and I just went ‘Ok,’ and I got really excited about it. All that to say that if anyone ever thinks what I do at The Batman is a decent performance, I’ll gladly take 49% of the credits.”

The Batman is set to be released in theaters on March 4, 2022.

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