Though set pictures have been flooding social media for a couple of weeks already, we still don’t know a whole lot about what to expect with Matt Reeves’ upcoming superhero film “The Batman.” But what we do know is that the filmmaker has put together one hell of a cast, including Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard, and Colin Farrell. And in the case of the latter actor, he’s got nothing but great things to say about his latest foray into the world of superheroes.
Talking on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Farrell was asked about what all he could say about the upcoming ‘Batman’ film, in which the actor will portray The Penguin. But as you might imagine, the talk quickly turned to just how the handsome actor could possibly portray a villain that is often shown to be short and a bit obese, much like the animal he takes his namesake from.
“Yeah, but I have time to eat…and shrink,” joked the actor. “[We have] three weeks. I’m an addict, so I can do some damage in three weeks.”
Kidding aside, the actor admits that it’s still a bit early to know exactly what type of physique he’ll have as one of Batman’s Rogues Gallery.
“I don’t know,” said Farrell. “I’m still in the process of talking to Matt Reeves, who is the director and wrote the script — A really beautiful and dark, moving script. Really gorgeous.”
He added, “It’s all very hush-hush. But it’s a really beautiful script that he wrote. And he has a real love for it. We’re still in the process of designing the aesthetic for the character.”
Of course, you can’t talk about Farrell and superhero movies without bringing up his role as Bullseye in the ill-fated “Daredevil” film from the early-‘00s. Kimmel actually complimented the actor on his, uh, polarizing role as one of the film’s villains.
“That’s a small demographic, thank you,” said Farrell.
Consider me part of that demo, good sir! Despite the overall lackluster film (yes, yes, fans swear the director’s cut of the film is so much better, but a bad film is a bad film), Farrell actually gave “Daredevil” a much-needed shot of adrenaline and wackiness, whereas Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner provided subdued, if not sleepy, performances. So, who knows what energy he can bring to Penguin in “The Batman?”
One thing is for sure, we’re down to see what he has in store for fans when “The Batman” arrives in theaters on June 25, 2021.
And for those that need a refresher on “Daredevil,” you can watch the Bullseye introduction below: