Earlier this month Warner Bros. surprised fans with the announcement that Colin Farrell had been cast as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Now, Danny DeVito — who immortalized the villain in Tim Burton's Batman Returns — has given Farrell his blessing to take over the role.

According to IndieWire, reports first pegged Jonah Hill for the role and next to no one had Farrell on their radar for the part. In a recent interview, DeVito endorsed the Irish actor's suitability to take over the mantel as the Penguin. “Colin’s a great actor,” he told ScreenRant, “He’s a good friend of mine. I’ve known him for many years and I think he’s going to do a great job as the Penguin. It’s going to be really interesting to see his take on it.”

Matt Reeves took to Twitter yesterday to announce that The Big Lebowski actor John Turturro will play Falcone in the film.

Paul Dano is also joining the Matt Reeves-directed movie as the Riddler. He will star alongside Farrell, Robert Pattinson as Batman, and Zoë Kravitz, who it was announced will play Catwoman.

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