Colin Farrell Teases The Penguin’s ‘The Godfather’ Inspiration In ‘The Batman’


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The Batman star Colin Farrell has opened up about The Penguin’s story and how it was inspired by a key character from The Godfather films.

For some time it was rumored that Colin Farrell was playing the role of Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. This was eventually confirmed by the director himself but the character is said to only be in a small number of scenes. The Penguin is also set to have his own HBO Max series with the Farrell returning to the role in a Scarface-inspired series. This, however, won’t be the only crime story The Penguin will take inspiration from.

While the colorful mentally ill characters of Gotham tend to get all the spotlight in the various Batman stories, organized crime often plays a big role in them as well. Specifically, two rival organized crime factions known as the Maroni Crime Family, led by Sal Maroni, and the Falcone Crime Family, led by Carmine Falcone keep the city in a state of fear. The Penguin is also often portrayed as the head of his own organized crime operation, leading his men from his club The Iceberg Lounge. Based on what Colin Farrell says, however, the character is taking some inspiration from a rather unexpected character in The Godfather.

While speaking to Movie Maker, Colin Farrell opened up about his inspiration for his version of The Penguin. Specifically, he cited that Fredo from The Godfather films was an influence on the way he portrayed the character:

“There’s a certain amount of brokenness in Oz that, I think, as a reference, not for me performance-wise, but just emotionally, as a reference for Matt – I think Fredo from The Godfather was a bit of a reference … Matt was just talking about somebody who had very real and very lofty ambitions, but never really had the opportunity or the chance to explore them, and was maybe looked upon as someone who was handicapped, whether it was psychologically, intellectually – Fredo was frowned upon as less than the other brothers, and maybe Oz as well, in his life, was looked upon as somebody who wasn’t capable … And so that’s one of the things that fuels Oz.”

Here is the synopsis for The Batman:

“Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.”

Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.

The Batman will hit theaters on March 4, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding Colin Farrell’s role as The Penguin and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original content.


Trey Griffeth

Trey Griffeth

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