Colin Farrell and Andy Serkis in talks to play Penguin and Alfred in The Batman
Colin Farrell and Andy Serkis are in talks to take key roles in The Batman.
According to Variety, Farrell is in discussions about playing The Penguin, the iconic villain played by Danny DeVito in Batman Returns. It would be Farrell's first comic book movie role since 2003's Daredevil.
The Penguin is Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, a Gotham City mobster who behaves in the manner of an old-fashioned English gentleman. He is most often seen wearing a monocle, top hat, and tuxedo while carrying his signature umbrella.
Serkis, meanwhile, is in talks to play Alfred Pennyworth, the caped crusader's faithful butler. He would join Michael Gough, Michael Caine and Jeremy Irons, who have previously played Alfred.
Farrell and Serkis look set to join star Robert Pattinson, Paul Dano and Zoë Kravitz in The Batman.
Kravitz, best known for her roles in Big Little Lies and Mad Max: Fury Road, will play Selina Kyle in the new take on the story, while Dano will play The Riddler.
The Riddler is Edward Nashton, a criminal mastermind in Gotham City who takes delight in incorporating riddles and puzzles into his schemes, leaving them as clues for the authorities to solve. It was a role previously played by Jim Carrey.
Jeffrey Wright, best known for playing Felix Leitner to Daniel Craig's James Bond, is also in talks to play Commissioner Gordon in the new reboot.
Pattinson takes the role for the first time, replacing Ben Affleck. Affleck played the Caped Crusader in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Suicide Squad and 2017's Justice League.
Affleck had been due to both star and direct The Batman, but first stepped down as director, passing the torch to War For The Planet Of The Apes' Matt Reeves. He then stepped down from the role completely. The Batman will arrive in cinemas on June 25th in 2021.
Speaking about the film previously, Reeves said: "It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It's told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it's going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It's more Batman in his detective mode than we've seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He's supposed to be the world's greatest detective, and that's not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been."
He continued: "I'd love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it's going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation."