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Colin Farrell and Andy Serkis in talks for The Penguin and Alfred in The Batman

Colin Farrell in London Boulevard

Story by Jack Foley

COLIN Farrell and Andy Serkis are in talks to take on the roles of The Penguin and Alfred Pennyworth in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

If successful the duo would join an ever-swelling ensemble cast that will be led by Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight.

Other actors already on board include Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler and Jeffrey Wright as Batman ally Commissioner Gordon.

The Penguin, aka Oswald Cobblepot, first debuted in the comics in 1941’s Detective Comics No. 58 and was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Gil Kane.

Most recently played by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, the character is known as a master manipulator and for his penguin-like physique and waddle.

He favours using henchmen to do his dirty work but when confronted one-on-one, The Penguin is known for using his umbrella as a weapon.

Farrell recently starred in Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo and has Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen due out in January.

Alfred Pennyworth is best known as Bruce Wayne’s faithful manservant and made his debut in 1943’s Batman No. 16, although he didn’t get his familiar name for 26 years. He was originally named Alfred Beagle.

Jeremy Irons played the most recent iteration of the character on the big screen in 2017’s Justice League, while Michael Caine most memorably portrayed him in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

If Serkis’ talks prove successful, it would mark a reunion for the British actor with Reeves, who directed him in two Planet of the Apes movies.

Serkis is currently preparing to direct Venom 2 and was most recently seen playing the villain Klaue in 2018’s Black Panther for DC rival Marvel Studios.

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