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The Batman casts Colin Farrell as Penguin, director Matt Reeves confirms

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Matt Reeves has taken to using Twitter to announce casting news of major characters in his upcoming adaptation of The Batman (opens in new tab), the director posting GIFs of actors with intentionally coy captions. 

The latest seemingly confirms that Colin Farrell will be playing another foe of the Dark Knight, The Penguin. Rumors (opens in new tab) of the casting first circulated in November, but now it's official.

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Reeves' tweet shows Farrell shrugging his shoulders in a befuddled state, accompanied by a caption reading, "Wait – is that you, #Oz?" Oz references Penguin's real name, Oswald Cobblepot. It isn't quite as direct as Reeves' other Twitter announcements, but it's hard to interpret the tweet as anything other than Farrell as Penguin.

Reeves also recently confirmed Peter Sarsgaard (opens in new tab) in an unknown role, John Turturro as crime boss Carmine Falcone (opens in new tab), and Andy Serkis as Batman's butler and right-hand man, Alfred Pennyworth (opens in new tab).

The Dark Knight has a lot on his hands in The Batman, with Farrell's Penguin joining Paul Dano's The Riddler, and Zoe Kravitz' Catwoman as villains. Robert Pattinson, who leads the cast as The Batman's titular hero, recently (opens in new tab) told The New York Times (opens in new tab) that his Batman is far from an archetypal comic book movie hero, describing him as a "complicated character" whose "morality is a bit off."

The Batman won't hit theaters until June 15, 2021, but there are plenty of big movie release dates (opens in new tab) coming in 2020.

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