Colin Farrell’s potential casting as Oswald Cobblepot adds another foe to the upcoming production of The Batman, with Andy Serkis now set to play Alfred.

Matt Reeves’ upcoming take on The Dark Knight, currently titled The Batman continues to sound more interesting with each successive casting announcement and rumour. The last 24 hours have seen another two names thrown into the mix, with Colin Farrell revealed to be in talks to play villain, The Penguin whilst Andy Serkis could also be in line to become loyal butler and staunch Batman ally, Alfred Pennyworth.

According to Deadline, Farrell’s casting would ’round out’ the trio of villains in the film although we wouldn’t be surprised to find a few more popping up as the film rumbles towards production. The actor has made a habit of the last few years of combining parts in franchise blockbusters such as Dumbo and Fantastic Beasts with interesting turns in smaller, artier films such as The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer and with this announcement, that trend looks set to continue.

Farrell’s potential casting certainly marks a physical departure for the character, who in his two previous film incarnations (Batman ’66 Batman Returns) was played by Burgess Meredith and Danny DeVito respectively, actors of a stature that closer resembled the less physically-intimidating nature of the original comic book character. He is set to join Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Paul Dano as The Riddler, forming a trio of villains for the Caped Crusader to face.

Serkis’ potential casting as loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth would see him also joining a fraternity of great actors who have played the role, including Michael Caine, Michael Gough and Jeremy Irons. Serkis is a busy man indeed, currently in pre-production as director on the sequel to Venom in Sony’s Spider-Man universe, whilst also developing Animal Farm to helm too.

More casting news as we get it.

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