This year marks the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton‘s big screen adaptation of Batman, not to mention the 80th anniversary of the world’s greatest detective. LEGO is celebrating in a big way with an awesome new LEGO Batmobile set that gives us the biggest and most detailed version of Batman’s signature vehicle yet. Check it out in full below.
This LEGO Batmobile not only features a cockpit that slides open, but there are also two hidden machine guns with pop-up function activated by the rotating exhaust on the back of the vehicle. There are seats for two minifigures, so Batman and Vicki Vale can be seated comfortably.
Plus, there are two grappling hooks on the sides of the vehicle, though they’re purely decorative, so you won’t be catching any villains with them. But perhaps the nicest little detail is that the wheel trims on this set have with the Bat logo and specially designed tires for the front wheels.
This LEGO Batmobile is also much bigger than your usual Batman vehicle playset. There are 3,306 pieces to build the 1989 Batmobile, and that includes the pieces for the brand new Batman, Joker and Vicki Vale minifigures that come with this set, all of which can be displayed on a cool Gotham City building ledge style base. It’s a shame it doesn’t also come with a minifigure of Tim Burton with some scraggly plastic hair and sunglasses.
Also, if you’re looking to snag this for Christmas, if you buy the set between November 29 and December 5, you will also receive an additional, exclusive miniature replica of the new model as a free gift while supplies last. Here’s how the 336-piece set compares to the larger LEGO Batmobile:
The 1989 BatmanLEGO Batmobile will be for sale starting on Black Friday, November 29 for $249.99 at LEGO.com and in LEGO retail stores around the country.
On the November 6, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and writer Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and tv news, including The Batman, Spider-Man, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Witcher, and Joker.
>Opening Banter: Water Cooler tomorrow as HT is away on a set visit.
In The News:
Ben: ‘The Batman’: Andy Serkis is in Talks to Play Alfred, Who Probably Won’t Be a Motion Capture Gorilla Chris: ‘The Batman’ Wants Colin Farrell to Spread His Flightless Wings and Play The Penguin Ben: Japanese Spider-Man Coming to ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Sequel, Says Phil Lord Chris: What Happened to Rick Dalton After ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’? Quentin Tarantino Has Some Ideas Chris: ‘The Witcher’ Showrunner Has Seven Seasons Planned Spoiler Warning Ben: ‘Joker’ Director Todd Phillips Gives the Definitive Answer About What Happens to Zazie Beetz’s Character
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The Batman has just lined up a couple of major stars to fill in key roles. Andy Serkis is poised to join the high-profile DC Comics adaptation as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's trusted ally and Butler. At the same time, Colin Farrell looks to become our new Penguin, just one of several villains from the character's massive rogues gallery that will appear alongside Robert Pattinson's version of the Caped Crusader.
According to multiple reports, both actors are in talks for the respective roles, but no deals have closed as of yet. That said, things appear to be trending in the right direction, so unless something dramatic happens, these look to be the guys. Andy Serkis had previously been rumored for a role in the project, but who exactly the actor would be playing remained a mystery, but now it's locked in on Alfred Pennyworth. The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars star has a great working relationship with writer/director Matt Reeves, as the two previously collaborated on both Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes.
As for Colin Farrell, he would be stepping into a role that was possibly going to go to Jonah Hill. The Superbad star had been in negotiations to star as either Penguin or Riddler, but the talks fell through and Hill walked away. There Will Be Blood star Paul Dano was then brought in to play Riddler. Now, Farrell is on deck to take on Penguin, who was previously played by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton's Batman Returns. Farrell has had a long, prosperous career in varied projects. Some of his recent credits include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Dumbo and Widows. Some of his other notable credits include The Lobster, In Bruges and True Detective season 2.
Related: Paul Dano Is Riddler in The Batman
The Batman has been in the works, in some form or another, for more than three years, dating back to when Ben Affleck was not only set to star in, but also direct the movie. In February 2017, the reigns were handed over to Matt Reeves after Affleck stepped down from the director's chair, with the actor later departing the role as well. That paved the way for former Twilight star and current indie favorite Robert Pattinson, whose recent credits include Good Time and The Lighthouse, to take on the role of the Dark Knight.
Other confirmed cast members include Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright Westworld as Commissioner Gordon. It's also worth noting Andy Serkis is set to direct Venom 2, which will begin filming soon. It's unclear if that would present any possible conflict in terms of Serkis being able to manage both projects at the same time, as they're both major commitments. Warner Bros. and Matt Reeves are looking to begin filming early next year. The Batman is set to hit theaters on June 25, 2021. This news was previously reported by The Wrap.
, , ] HomeCasting NewsThe Batman Wants Colin Farrell as Penguin & Andy Serkis as Alfred
obert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright and Paul Dano are already on the call sheet.
The Batmanhas found its Penguin.Colin Farrell is in talks to play the DC villain, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Filmmaker Matt Reeves is behind The Batman, which is set to star Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight, with other actors including Zoe Kravitzas Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler,Jeffrey Wrightas Batman ally Commissioner Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth.
Danny DeVito previously played The Penguin in Tim Burton's 1992 film Batman Returns, whileBurgess Meredith portrayed him on the 1960s Batman TV series andRobin Lord Taylor played a younger version of the character on Fox's Gotham.
The Penguin, also known asOswald Cobblepot, first debuted in the comics in 1941's Detective ComicsNo. 58 and was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Gil Kane. He is known as a master manipulator and for his penguin-like physique and waddle. While he favors using henchmen to do his bidding, when confronted one-on-one The Penguin is known for using his umbrella as a weapon.
Farrell, who is repped by CAA, recently starred in Disney's Dumbo and has Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen due out in January.
Warner Bros. is set to open The Batman on June 25, 2021.
Aside from star Robert Pattinson whose workout routine is with the same trainer who prepared Keanu Reeves for John Wick, The Batman is boasting a who’s who of actors and actresses in its sizeable supporting cast. This includes, as far as we know, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, and Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon. Per a new report from Deadline, however, it seems writer and director Matt Reeves’ cast is about to get even bigger.
It seems none other than Colin Farrell, who previously faced off with prior Batman actor Ben Affleck in 2003’s Daredevil movie, is in talks to play the Penguin. Should the Irish actor decide to take part in the production, he will “round out the trio of villains” that already includes Kravitz’s Selina Kyle and Dano’s Edward Nashton - the latter being a riff on the Riddler’s original name, Edward Nygma.
Seeing as how Farrell is still “in talks” for the part, however, his casting isn’t necessarily a done deal. Previously, Jonah Hill took part in a series of long negotiations for one of the two male villain roles. He ultimately dropped out of consideration, prompting rumors that frequent collaborator Seth Rogen might replace him as the Penguin, though this obviously hasn’t happened. Previous live-action versions of the character include Danny DeVito’s performance in 1992’s Batman Returns and Robin Lord Taylor’s take on FOX’s Gotham series.
Thought we were done with The Batman casting news? Think again! On the heels of a report that Andy Serkis is in talks to play Batman’s loyal butler Alfred comes a story stating Colin Farrell is in talks to play The Penguin. If so, Farrell will be joining previously cast villains Paul Dano as The Riddler and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, making The Batman a crowded affair indeed.
Deadline has the scoop on Colin Farrell joining The Batman cast as The Penguin. Farrell would be a far cry from the previous live-action Penguin, Danny DeVito’s hideously mutated sewer monster in Batman Returns. The question is: will they “ugly” Farrell up for the role, or are we in store for the most handsome Penguin in Batman history no offense to Burgess Meredith?
Matt Reeves is directing the new bat-film, with Robert Pattinson set to star as the Caped Crusader, while Jeffrey Wright is Commissioner Gordon. Adding Farrell alongside Pattinson, Wright, Dano, and Kravitz makes for one hell of a line-up, and who knows how many more characters are left to appear in the film. Deadline states that the Penguin “rounds out the trio of villains” Batman faces off against, but that doesn’t mean we’re not in store for even more characters from the comics.
Reeves previously commented on the multiple villains in the film by telling THR: “You can’t have Batman without a villain. There will be a rogues gallery.” Reeves also added:
“It’s very much a point-of-view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films.”
Farrell went through a period early in his career where he was forced into leading man roles in action with so-so results. Over the years, though, he’s revealed himself to be a fantastic character actor, turning in one hell of a performance in the dark comedy In Bruges, not to mention even darker comedies like The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. He also has some experience playing comic book villains: he was Bullseye in Daredevil, which also starred one-time-Batman Ben Affleck.