The producer of Batman compares this new take on Colin Farrell’s Oswald/Penguin to Al Pacino’s Tony Montana from Scarface. The new Batman movie, dropping on March 4th, follows Batman’s second year as a titular hero. This time around, the Dark Knight (Robert Pattinson) will go against Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Riddler (Paul Dano), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot (Colin Farrell).
Farrell’s take on Penguin is different from Danny Devito’s, who played the villain previously. Moreover, Farell’s character depiction has gained several applause from film critics. However, this time, the focus is more on Riddler. Penguin will get the limelight once more in an HBO Max spinoff show.
The untitled show has no release date. But, it’s said that Matt Reeves will work as the executive producer. The script will be written by Lauren LeFranc. The show is said to “explore Penguin’s backstory while depicting his violent and manipulative rise to power,” according to ScreenRant.
Dylan Clark, Batman’s producer, said that Penguin and Tony Montana are similar during an interview with SFX Magazine. He also addressed Reeve’s involvement in the upcoming Penguin-based series.
“We’re doing [a spinoff] with [Farrell], seeing Oz rise to power, almost like a Scarface story,” he says. “It’s exciting to do something like that just as a standalone, but it speaks to the character and our movie. So that you’ll go back to the movie [and say], ‘Oh, I see that backstory there, that line refers to this.”
Tony Montana is a fictional character from Scarface. Montana is a Cuban refugee who ends up being the most powerful cocaine kingpin in Miami.
Farrell further explores Penguin’s traits, saying in the interview he’s also similar to Fredo in The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. Oz. Fredo is a big dreamer yet is seen as mediocre by his associates. The Batman comics describe Penguin as the underdog to Carmine Falcone, so it’ll be interesting to see this character in his prime.
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