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The Batman is a reboot of the film franchise, revitalising the city of Gotham with fresh faces and spinning expectations of the superhero genre. While Oswald "Oz" Cobblepot has been cast, actor Danny DeVito is very keen to return to his role as The Penguin.
"I feel like it's not out of the question that The Penguin will return someday, but this is all up to Tim, whether or not Tim wants to do this," said DeVito in an interview with Forbes, qualifying that coming back to that character would be dependent on director Tim Burton’s say-so. Batman Returns introduced The Penguin to the silver screen almost three decades ago, and DeVito’s portrayal of the crime lord are some of the standout moments of the movie.
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"I would say that could be in the cards because we ain't dead yet,” laughed DeVito. “We could do a continuation of what we had in the past because that was truly a brilliant movie. They afforded me that opportunity and I feel very grateful and would I like to revisit it? Why not! It was a really great moment in time for me… There is a little Oswald in me. And then there's Danny. I'm not a closed book, I'm pretty much an open book."
Promising statements from the actor, to be sure. In The Batman, Colin Farrell is playing the villain, though he isn’t at the zenith of his power like the events of Batman Returns. The intention with the upcoming retelling is that there will be an exploration of the superhero’s detective capabilities over his fighting abilities, and that he isn’t a paragon of righteousness in the shadows of Gotham City. "Right from the beginning, there's a desperation to it. He's really working out this rage,” said actor Robert Pattinson on the character.
“All the fights seem very personal. He wants to inflict his kind of justice. He's just compelled to do it. There is no other option,” he elaborated, explaining that some scenes might be nerve-shredding to watch. "He doesn't have as much control over his personality, like the delineation between when he's Batman and when he's Bruce is not so clear and other kinds of iterations of it where he really knows what he's doing when he's putting on the cowl. And I kind of really like this idea of it's a little bit out of control,” continued Pattinson.
“He hasn't completely defined what Batman is. I mean, he gets lost in it whenever he's putting on [Batman] every night. He's not sleeping and he's becoming this quite sort of odd creature,” he concluded. Perhaps the hero will share some common ground with The Penguin and the other baddies of the movie.
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