The Dark Knight may be facing a familiar foe in the DCEU, if the latest tweet from Josh Gad is to be believed. Ever since Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman for DC's shared universe, talk has turned to the possibility of a solo film featured the more grizzled version of Gotham's protector. Following the success of Batman v Superman, the stars began to align as word of The Batman broke, with a script by Affleck and DC head Geoff Johns, with the star also directing. For awhile, it even looked as if the film would land next year, before the production hit a number of snags.
As it stands, things seem to be holding steady with Affleck being replaced behind the camera by War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. The release date is still up in the air, however, and even the previous confirmation of Joe Manganiello playing Deathstroke has since been brought into question. Of couse, the Dark Knight has no shortage of rogues in the comics, and it looks as if a familiar one could be in the works.
Josh Gad took to his Twitter to post a photo of the Penguin without any caption or context. While he could simply be trolling fans, there's a good chance he's either campaigning for the role or teasing that he's already been cast. Check it out below:
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) May 2, 2017
The Penguin has long been one of Batman's chief foes. He's already appeared on the big screen in Batman Returns, and features on Gotham every week on FOX. As such, it's not hard to imagine him eventually joining the DCEU. The tweet could simply be Gad's way of exciting his considerable fan base in case the oppurutunity to play Oswald Cobblepot ever arises. Another possibility, however, is that Gad knows something more and Penguin will be taking the place of Deathstroke in The Batman.
Over the past few years, Gad's star has risen considerably. From roles in Frozen to the recent Beauty and the Beast, he's certainly a name in Hollywood. And while his history with Disney might make it seem more likely he'd join an MCU film, Joss Whedon recently proved there's no love lost when it comes to Disney talent working with Warner Bros.
Gad certainly fits the look of Penguin, and could more than handle the character's quirk, but the bigger question is whether another take on the Penguin should be attempted. Danny DeVito's turn as the villain is still remembered fondly, and Robin Taylor has been putting his mark on the character for three years on TV. Of course, the Flash, Suicide Squad, and even Deathstroke himself all have recent television history, and that hasn't stopped DC and WB from bringing new versions of them to the big screen. For now, we'll just have to wait and see whether Josh Gad and the Penguin will be joining The Batman whenever it finally starts production
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