He may have spent much of 2017 teasing his possible casting on social media, but with Colin Farrell now signing on for the role of Oswald Cobblepot – a.k.a. The Penguin – in Warner Bros. The Batman, actor Josh Gad has revealed that while he did chat to director Matt Reeves about the role, he was never seriously in contention to play the iconic DC villain.
“Matt and I had a brief exchange about it, and the truth is that there was never really any serious attempt to play the role of The Penguin in The Batman,” Gad told THR during a promotional interview for his new film Frozen 2. “It actually started off with me posting a picture one day and just having fun trolling the Internet. At a certain point, it just became really fun because of the speculation. There were talks along the way with DC about it. There were talks along the way with Matt about it. But, the truth is, I never went in to go discuss it. I never went on tape for it.”
Gad then went on to praise Farrell’s casting, adding: “Frankly, I think they made a really cool choice. I cannot wait to see Matt’s Batman movie, and we happen to be really good friends because we’re fathers at the same school. So, for the most part, it’s been just a great laugh between the two of us.”
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The Batman is set for release on June 25th 2021 and sees Matt Reeves directing a cast that includes Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse) as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies) as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Paul Dano (Escape at Dannemora) as Edward Nygma/The Riddler, Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as Commissioner Gordon, Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Alfred Pennyworth, and John Turturro (The Big Lebowski) as Carmine Falcone.