Josh Gad revealed that he had a conversation with Matt Reeves about the Penguin role in The Batman, but nothing serious.
For quite some time, Frozen star Josh Gad posted images and comments on social media that led fans to believe he was being considered for the role of the Penguin in a new Batman film. However, Josh Gad would later confirm that he was not actually in the running to play the Penguin in The Batman and admitted that he was simply having fun with fans on the internet.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Gad addressed his humorous campaign to play the Penguin and revealed that he actually did have a conversation about the character with The Batman director Matt Reeves. However, Josh Gad noted his discussion with Matt Reeves wasn’t serious and that he never actually made a serious effort to play the Penguin in The Batman:
“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. It actually started off with me posting a picture one day and just having fun trolling the Internet. This was before any Penguin project was even announced. This was before Matt Reeves was even attached to do a Batman film. 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. 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. (Laughs.)“
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Full plot details for The Batman are currently under wraps, though the film will center around a younger Bruce Wayne and features a Rogues’ Gallery of villains that includes Catwoman, The Penguin, and The Riddler. The Matt Reeves film will follow Batman during his formative years as Gotham City’s protector and will make use of the Dark Knight’s detective skills to a greater extent than previous DC films. It is expected to be the first chapter in a new trilogy with Robert Pattinson as Batman.
Directed by Matt Reeves from a script he co-wrote with Mattson Tomlin, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, Jayme Lawson as Bella, and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth. Recently, Colin Farrell was reportedly in talks to play the Penguin.
The Batman will be released in theaters on June 25, 2021.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter