Danny DeVito Sure Got Some Strong Opinions on Reeves' Batman

Danny DeVito Sure Got Some Strong Opinions on Reeves' Batman
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The iconic actor shaded Colin Farrell's version of the supervillain.


  • Fans have long been curious about Danny DeVito's opinion on Colin Farrell's more mature and realistic portrayal of the iconic character, the Penguin, in Batman Returns.
  • In a recent interview, DeVito stated that he believed his own take on the Penguin in Batman Returns was superior to Colin Farrell's interpretation, a claim validated by a lie detector test.

While DC movies have become emblematic of underwhelming box office performance in recent years, this wasn't always the case. Batman movies were the sensation of the 1990s, with many still standing the test of time. The enduring appeal of these early DC features is largely due to the remarkable performances from A-list Hollywood actors such as Danny DeVito, whose portrayal of the Penguin is still considered one of the most unsettling and memorable.

The renowned actor played Oswald Cobblepot in 1992's Batman Returns alongside Michael Keaton and Christopher Walken. DeVito's interpretation of the DC villain stunned fans as he skillfully embodied the aging, deranged, and downright insane crime boss.

New Penguin in Town

Following Batman Returns, no actor dared to take on the role of the Penguin, as DeVito's performance was deemed too iconic to be replicated. Then Matt Reeves arrived on the scene, casting Colin Farrell as the villain in his film, The Batman. Farrell's portrayal of the Penguin was more mature than DeVito's, appearing more like an actual human being than the cartoonish villain of Batman Returns.

While fans appreciated Farrell as the new Penguin, they were always curious about DeVito's thoughts on this new iteration of the iconic villain. Now, we finally have an answer.

DeVito throwing shade

During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, in which DeVito was connected to a polygraph machine, the seasoned actor was asked to share his thoughts on Farrell and Reeves' vision of the Penguin. He responded by asserting that his original version was far superior.

Unsurprisingly, fans were quick to accuse DeVito of egotism for making such a statement. However, the truth is the actor had no prior intention of discussing Farrell and his take on the Penguin. He only did so because the interviewer asked him while the actor was hooked up to a lie detector.

Regardless, both Farrell and DeVito succeeded in making the Penguin feel unique, which is the highest compliment an actor in a comic book movie can receive, don't you agree?

Source: Vanity Fair.

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