Batman Concept Art Reveals a Different Design for Penguin

Early concept art of Colin Farrell’s penguin in The Batman depicts a leaner version of the character reminiscent of Fredo from The Godfather.

Some recently released concept art reveals a completely different design for Colin Farrell’s rendition of the Penguin in The Batman. The reboot from writer and director Matt Reeves, The Batman, released in theaters on March 4, introducing audiences to Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne, aka “revenge.” The film follows its titular vigilante in his second year as a Caped Crusader as he tracks down a mysterious serial killer in the Riddler (Paul Dano). The cast also includes Zoë Kravitz’s Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright’s Lt. James Gordon, Andy Serkis’ Alfred Pennyworth, John Turturro’s Carmine Falcone, and Farrell’s Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot.


With his reclusive Bruce and Zodiac killer-esque Riddler, The Batman takes a fresh take on many of its well-known comic book characters. This, of course, includes Penguin, which is a far cry from Danny Devito’s overtly birdlike depiction in Tim Burton. Return of Batman (1992). Farrell’s big-screen iteration of the Gotham mobster is more grounded, which saw him wear a bodysuit and apply hours of prosthetic makeup, making him virtually unrecognizable in the film. That said, having Farrell wear heavy prosthetics wasn’t always the plan.

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Glyn Dillon, whose main work on The Batman was as costume designer for the batsuit, recently shared some early designs he did for characters like Alfred, Riddler, Selina, and Penguin. Two of Farrell’s three character designs show the actor without prosthetic makeup and wearing flashy costumes. Check it out below:

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As mentioned by Dillon and implied by posting other concept art via The art of BatmanOriginally, Farrell could have simply had his nose broken. This type of design for Penguin would definitely have been a departure from how the “ugly” character is usually portrayed as Farrell is widely seen as attractive, which is likely why Reeves and his team opted for the oversized trench coat. , body and facial scars. However, the concept art gives off a Fredo vibe. In the past, Farrell and Reeves have said their penguin was emotionally inspired by John Cazale’s Fredo in The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II. In The Batman, Oz is a foot soldier for Carmine Falcone and has yet to be taken seriously by his associates.

Although the images drawn by Dillon do convey the feeling of a crazed gangster trying their best to overcompensate, they are entirely different from what appeared on screen. In retrospect, Farrell’s character is arguably a star in The Batman and fans can expect to see more of him in future projects. HBO Max’s Penguin spinoff is set to chart Oz’s rise to power a la Tony Montana in scarface. When the audience sees Farrell next in a feature like batman 2he’ll likely be a fully formed penguin thanks to what’s likely to be a very mature, R-rated streak. For now, The Batman is currently streaming on HBO Max.

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Source: Glyn Dillon/Instagram

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