Variety’s Justin Kroll has reported that they plan to feature The Penguin as the main villain in The Batman!
This tweet is accompanied by a warning that the plans are being altered for the upcoming DC Films movies, so this must be considered as an absolute rumor. Kroll has also said that if we don’t see The Penguin in The Batman, then he might make an appearance in the upcoming Birds of Prey film.
Penguin’s appearance as the lead villain in The Batman will make some fans recall Danny DeVito’s performance as Penguin in Batman Returns. But, if The Batman is going to be instrumental in setting up a new cinematic world for the Batman franchise, Penguin (as a big crimelord ruling the Gotham underworld) would be a great choice. He is one Batman villain who could lead to various others such as Victor Zsaz and even the more fantastic enemies like Scarecrow or Mr. Freeze. Considering the trajectory taken by the DC Films with Jared Leto’s portrayal of The Joker, Penguin might also either appear as a rival or an ally to Joker.
Frankly, despite it being appealing to see Penguin become a part of the Birds of Prey film, directed by Cathy Yan, which is also expected to bring back Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and be the debut of Batgirl into the DC Films Universe, Penguin’s appearance is bound to add some fun to the movie. However, it would also be a tussle between Harley Quinn (who is accustomed to being a part of the underworld with characters like Penguin) and Batgirl (who constantly endeavors to destroy Penguin’s empire). Since the movie is most likely to focus around the equation between the two DC ladies, seeing Batgirl try to defeat Penguin while Harley tries taking over his crime empire, would be akin to 48 Hours sort of fun.
Gotham is establishing Penguin as a lead DC villain, and the timing seems to be right for Penguin to return to the big screen. The only thing to be seen is whether Josh Gad (Frozen) will ultimately play the character?
Next DCEU release is Aquamanon December 21, Shazam on April 5, 2019, Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019, Cyborg in 2020, and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.