When it comes to actors, it’s not uncommon for audiences to associate them with certain roles or characters they’ve played in the past. Colin Farrell, for example, is often thought of as a handsome and charismatic leading man, with roles in movies like “Fright Night” and “Miami Vice” showcasing his natural sex appeal. But in 2022’s “The Batman,” Farrell takes on a new role that might come as a surprise to audiences: Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin.
A New Look for The Penguin
While the idea of Colin Farrell as The Penguin might be jarring at first, early photos from the upcoming HBO Max series “The Penguin” reveal a new look for the character that’s got people talking. Instead of the bulky suits and trench coats traditionally associated with the character, this version of The Penguin has a leaner, more stylish look that’s being described as “Italian-coded sexiness.”
Despite Farrell being covered in prosthetics and losing his hair for the role, these new photos show him looking anything but unattractive. In fact, his subtle v-neck tee and expensive leather jacket that’s clearly been tailored to fit perfectly make him look like a man who understands the importance of fashion and style. It’s a far cry from the frumpy Penguin looks audiences are used to, and it’s got people talking.
The Appeal of The Penguin’s New Look
What is it about this new, sexy version of The Penguin that’s got people so intrigued? For one thing, it’s a refreshing take on a character that’s often relegated to being a silly comic book villain. Rather than being a caricature, this new version of The Penguin is a stylish, sophisticated, and dangerous criminal who’s not to be underestimated.
But beyond that, there’s something undeniably appealing about the way Farrell looks in this role. His chest hair peeking out from under his shirt, his impeccably manicured hands, the way he chews on a cigar—all of these little details combine to create a picture of a man who’s both confident and dangerous, yet also very stylish and sophisticated.
This man would come up to me as I’m eating a plate of cacio e pepe over a starchy white tablecloth at his restaurant and ask if he can buy me a drink, and I would say, “yes, please, I’d like an Aperol Spritz” from underneath heavy lids. This man would shout an appreciative madone at my outfit when I appear at the door of his Cadillac CT5 for our date night. He’d drive two blocks to dinner, singing Louis Prima the entire way, and insist upon dropping me off at the door even though there’s a spot a few feet away. He’d kiss my mother’s hands and call her una bella donna every time he sees her. This man is my husband.
The Future of The Penguin
While audiences will have to wait until 2024 to see “The Penguin” series on HBO Max, the hype around the show and Farrell’s performance is already building. The show reportedly takes place after the events of “The Batman,” which means there’s potential for some crossover between the two properties.
Additionally, “The Penguin” will feature an impressive cast, including Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz, Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Clancy Brown as crime boss Salvatore Maroni. With this much talent involved, it’s no wonder fans are eagerly anticipating the show’s release.
While no one could have predicted that Colin Farrell would make a convincing Penguin, these new photos have upended our expectations and given us a fresh take on the character. Whether or not this version of The Penguin will become a fan favorite remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: Farrell has brought a new level of sophistication and sex appeal to the classic Batman villain.