The Penguin and more on-screen Batman villains

Colin Farrell is unrecognizable as Penguin on set of 'The Batman'

Stars Insider

13/10/20 | StarsInsider

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Colin Farrell is playing Penguin in the upcoming film 'The Batman,' starring Robert Pattinson. Farrell will now become one of only three actors who have played the villain on the big screen, the other two being Danny DeVito and Burgess Meredith. Prior to this casting news, Paul Dano was confirmed as the Riddler, and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman.

Dano will actually be the first actor since Jim Carrey in 1995 to play the character in a live-action movie. In fact, the Riddler's been portrayed very few times in live-action films. Though while Catwoman may lead the pack as far as number of different portrayals goes, some were definitely better than others.

But does this even really mean anything? Joaquin Phoenix, for instance, is the fourth actor to play the Joker in a live-action movie, but his performance has been praised. Then there are villains like Harley Quinn, who has only been portrayed once on film⁠—yet the Internet buzzed about Margot Robbie and 2020's 'Birds of Prey.'

Let's reflect. In this gallery, look back on some memorable performances of infamous Batman villains.


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