Okay, so this is kind of suspicious. Yesterday evening, Beauty and the Beast star Josh Gad posted the following to Twitter:
Hmmm, interesting. But what does it all mean, Basil?
Clearly, Gad’s tweet is a picture of famous Batman nemesis The Penguin, though there isn’t any accompanying text. Of course, Gad could just love The Penguin, as many Batman fans do. On the other hand, could this mean that director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) has added The Penguin character to his upcoming The Batman and cast Gad in the role? Stars have often turned to social media to break the news on their own casting, especially when it comes to superhero films. Then again, this could just be Gad doing his own version of Tyrese Gibson’s public lobbying to play Green Lantern. Perhaps the actor is just trying to plant the idea in our minds in hopes of earning a meeting with Warner Bros.
When it comes right down to it, we really have no idea.
One source told Birth.Movies.Death that this “could be” something, though that is as vague as anything.
Again, we have no official word one way or the other, but this is an interesting turn of events nonetheless. Danny Devito first brought the character to life on the big screen in 1992’s Batman Returns. While the film was considered a bit of a letdown at the time, Devito’s performance was widely praised and the movie has come to be appreciated more over time. Since audiences haven’t seen The Penguin in a live action movie since, it makes sense that WB might be toying with the idea of bringing him back.
It’s also worth noting The Penguin could pop up in WB’s planned Gotham City Sirens, Batgirl or Suicide Squad 2 instead of The Batman.
Gad is an unexpected choice to take on the role, though. He’s best know for his comedic work in the smash hit play Book of Mormon and his singing chops put on display in Frozen and Beauty and the Beast. That’s not to say he couldn’t bring us a more theatrical take on The Penguin.
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