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‘The Batman’ Concept Art Reveals Penguin Almost Wore Mustard Yellow

May 14, 2022

Concept artist Adam Brockbank released some early designs by Matt Reeves The Batman which literally paints Colin Farrell’s penguin in a different light.

As we know, Farrell’s Oswald Cobblepot is one of many sworn enemies of Robert Pattinson’s Batman; seeking to climb the ranks of Gotham’s criminal hierarchy and become the city’s newest crime boss. In the film, Oz is a lieutenant in the Falcone crime family, under investigation by Batman and Jim Gordon after potential clues link him to the murders committed by the Riddler.

As everyone knows, Penguin is often seen wearing a tailcoat, with a bow tie and a top hat. Traditionally, he also has a beak-like nose (hence the nickname) and a monocle. Although Farrell’s iteration lacks the sophistication of his comic book counterpart, he sports the same fur coats and pinstripe suits.

Brockbank’s art looks much more like the handsome Farrell we’ve come to love over the years than the finished product that buried the actor under prosthetics, which is surely destined for an Oscar nomination in the make-up category at the very least. He captioned the photo, “Another day, another penguin,” and you can see the artwork below.

In the images, Farrell is sporting the same slicked-back hair from Matt Reeves’ adaptation, but it looks sleeker and neater than the sleazy, overweight, and unattractive penguin who made it to the big screen. Would it be fair to say that this version seems much less threatening than the other? Maybe that’s why they chose the hideous appearance after all.

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