Since Fox’s upcoming TV show Gotham – which could just have easily been titled “Before Batman” – started pre-production, we’ve seen part of a leaked script (if it was real), a synopsis, and three official images (of Harvey Bullock, Selina Kyle, and Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth). All three images were fairly well-received for having accurately captured their comic book counterparts, more or less.
Now we’ve got a new image, this time of a Batman villain: Oswald Cobblepot (played by Robin Taylor), a.k.a. the man who is destined to become The Penguin. This will be the first time we’ve seen a live-action version of the character since Danny DeVito’s portrayal in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992).
Check out the full image of Gotham‘s Oswald Cobblepot below:
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The biggest difference between this Penguin and the more common depiction of the character – onscreen and off – is his size. While Penguin is typically depicted as a squat, rotund gentlemen (not unlike a penguin), the Gotham version of the character is obviously very skinny. In fact, he looks a whole heck of a lot like Matthew Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, what with his funky hair, pale complexion, and dark red bow-tie.
Which begs the question – does he look too much like the Eleventh Doctor? The Penguin of the comics, the cartoons, and even Batman Returns is/was occasionally a very silly character, but there was always a sort of weirdness there that justified it. Can the same be said of the Penguin in the above image? Or does he just look plain goofy?
Of course, one presumes that the point of this TV show is to show us these iconic characters before they became the villains, heroes, or anti-heroes that we’re more familiar with. Maybe this version of the Penguin will have his heart broken at some point in the series, which will lead to him pigging out on ice cream for months on end and eventually gaining too much weight. There could be a whole character arc about how Oswald Cobblepot got out of shape.
Besides that, the image above does seem a bit more shoddy in the Photoshop department than what we’ve seen before. While the previously released images gave us (nearly) full shots of the characters, this one is a much-too-blurry close-up, which makes it seem like maybe it was quickly thrown together. Or perhaps there’s a full version somewhere on the verge of being released.
What say you, Screen Ranters? Do you like this new look for Penguin? Drop us a line in the comments.
Gotham is in development and expected to premiere in the Fall of 2014 on FOX.
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