Colin Farrell may be set to play The Penguin in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, but he won’t be the first to rock that umbrella. Let’s take a look back at the most famous actors to have brought Oswald Cobblepot to life.
The Penguin is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic comic book villains of all time. A well-known antagonist of The Dark Knight, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot first debuted in the pages of DC Comics all the way back in 1941.
Known for his long nose, unique sense of fashion and penchant for umbrellas (and later, his flippers and dark sewer-based origins), the bewildering “bird-man” became one Batman’s most popular villains, and that popularity has seen him appear on-screen a number of times over the past 60 years. And he’s about to do it again.
As revealed recently, Colin Farrell will be the latest actor to tackle the quacking supervillain, as he has been cast in Matt Reeves’ upcoming reboot The Batman. A veteran of his craft, Farrell will no doubt give Robert Pattinson’s Batman all the hell you would expect of the character, but he isn’t the first (or the most famous) to bring The Penguin to life.
With that in mind, let’s delve into Oswald’s colorful history and take a look back at the best and most famous actors to bring The Penguin to the screen.
Note: While there were multiple other actors to voice The Penguin on TV and in video games, this list will take a look at the five most famous (and best) to do so on the big-screen or small-screen.