Earlier this year in The Batman, Colin Farrell became the first actor to portray Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. The Penguin, on the big screen since Danny DeVito played the role in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. And while they had wildly different takes on the villain, DeVito recently shared his praise for Farrell’s performance during a new interview with The Wrap. Danny DeVito praises.
“I thought Colin did a great job,” said DeVito. “Certainly a different milieu. I think it was a more edgy, serious, gangster-y Batman. Of course, there’s three Italians who are bad guys in it, the Falcones [laughs]. But I feel like in terms of the performances, I thought Colin – who is a good buddy of mine – I think he did a great job in that. You take your hat off to anybody who sits in the makeup chair that long. I did it with The Penguin and loved it.”
Regardless, DeVito shared his preference for Burton’s Batman movies despite enjoying The Batman on its own terms.
“My feeling of comparing the two movies, I’m like a Tim Burton fan,” noted Devito. “I like the whimsical, the operatic, the disaffected Pee-wee Herman throws me off a bridge [laughs]. That makes me smile. So it’s a different situation, but I did watch the movie.”
The Batman is still currently in theaters, and Farrell has been signed to headline a Penguin series on HBO Max. So Farrell will have more than one opportunity to make the role his own.
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