Josh Gad addresses his recent “Penguin” tweets regarding The Batman


Actor Josh Gad sheds some light on his recent tweets regarding a Penguin role in The Batman.

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With comic book fans jumping at every iota of information, it’s not strange for any little thing to trigger a response. That’s exactly what happened when actor Josh Gad shot out a tweet showing an illustration of one of Batman’s most notorious villains—the Penguin.

Fans went crazy thinking that Gad was secretly confirming he won the role of the umbrella-toting bird in the DC Extended Universe’s The Batman. However, after that post, Gad went silent on the matter—which caused even more of a stir.

MTV got a chance meeting with Gad today and specifically asked him about his mysterious message. The actor sheepishly told MTV that he was “just having some fun.” As the interviewer goaded him on, Gad laughed and kept reaffirming it was nothing. However, Gad left off with a “we’ll see.”

Let’s just say Gad is cast as the Penguin. There would be quite a large age difference between Affleck’s Batman—who  basically came out of retirement in

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

—and Gad’s character, with Gad being younger.

Then again, it wouldn’t be that far-fetched. Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad—another DCEU film—also seems rather youthful. In the comics, Penguin has been estimated to be around ten years older than the Dark Knight, and almost never the other way around.

Currently, Robin Lord Taylor portrays Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin in Fox’s Gotham. The age difference between his character and Bruce Wayne seems to be around twenty years—which is also quite a large gap. But the Penguin in this universe is still older. Then again, with comic book properties, age consistency doesn’t seem to be a large concern.

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The Batman is slated for a 2018 release. The film will be directed by Matt Reeves, written by Geoff Johns, Ben Affleck, and Chris Terrio, and will star Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.