Josh Gad threw his (top) hat into the ring to play Penguin recently, and fans have already started imagining how he could look in the role, via fan-art. It’s not clear if the famous Caped Crusader villain is headed to the DC Extended Universe anytime soon (even with director Matt Reeves’ The Batman on the horizon), but it’s certainly plausible that the umbrellas and monocles-wielding baddie will be taking to the big screen once more, in the foreseeable future.
Reeves’ tentative Batman solo film is unlikely to reach theaters until 2019, as it stands, so it may be a while until we know for certain which DC Comics villains Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne will be facing in the film, let alone who’s playing them. However, this hasn’t stopped famed fan artist BossLogic taking to Twitter to give us a look at what Beauty and the Beast and Frozen actor Gad could look like, as a waddling Oswald Cobblepot.
BossLogic has previously shown us what Patrick Wilson could look as Ocean Master in Aquaman and what Joe Manganiello could look like as Deathstroke in the DCEU (among other comic book character/actor castings), and now he’s done the same for Gad as Penguin, as you can see below:
The image certainly seems to capture the creepy tone of the character, who is classically depicted as a criminal overlord. While Penguin did feature in 1996’s Batman, with Burgess Meredith reprising his role from the TV series, Cobblepot has shied away from cinema for most of his tenure.
First introduced in 1941, Penguin has had several incarnations over the years, almost always appearing as a downtrodden socialite. Since the New 52 DC Comics reboot, Penguin has been reinvented as a cockney wheeler-dealer, while Robin Lord Taylor is currently taking the character in a very different direction on FOX’s Gotham TV show.
Danny DeVito famously took on the role for Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, and alongside Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman, was highly praised for a warped portrayal of the character. It was once rumored that Phillip Seymour Hoffman could’ve played the role in Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy. You can certainly see the realistic Nolan style in this BossLogic image, though the gloved hands and bleached skin give a look of DeVito. Perhaps the biggest question is: would Gad actually give fans the Penguin they want, were he to be cast?