Batman Reboot: 10 Essential Villains And Who Should Play Them

10. The Penguin - Toby Jones

The Penguin - also known as Oswald Cobblepot - is a classic Batman villain who€™s hugely significant to the mythology. He€™s an eccentric white collar criminal known for his ties to ornithology. He runs a shady establishment known as the Iceberg Lounge which serves as Penguin's front for a number of illegal financial stature. Being a white collar foe, Batman hasn€™t really dealt with any type of financial crime. Penguin would be a great secondary villain. A support system to the major players. A great way to portray this villain is to pattern him after Brian Azzarello€™s version from his Joker graphic novel. In this comic, Penguin is a financier for the criminals and villains of Gotham City. He€™s grotesque, shady and awful. He handles the illegal accounts of the city€™s criminal elite. This would be a somewhat grounded and dark take on the Penguin which, I believe, is what would be needed. However, I do think this reboot should veer away somewhat from the realism of Nolan€™s trilogy. Throw in a couple of trick umbrellas. Maybe a helicopter umbrella and a machine gun variant, too. Most people believe that Phillip Seymour Hoffman would be a great choice. I agree with most people. However, Hoffman doesn€™t have any ties to comic book films and I don€™t think he would do it. Toby Jones, however, was in Captain America: First Avenger and, after showing his desire to return in the sequel, he was added to said sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Both Hoffman and Jones portrayed Truman Capote; each performance garnered them accolades and praise. Each has superb acting abilities. These two actors seem to be greatly tied to one another. They€™re both set to appear in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. However, Jones has the appearance to portray Penguin. He€™s a little smaller than Hoffman. He€™s also played more of the conniving and annoying character. Penguin is known to have a British background and Jones is British. I just believe he€™s a better choice slightly more than Hoffman.
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