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Danny DeVito Expresses Interest in Returning to the Batman Universe

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In the era of the multiverse, it seems that any past actor from comic book movies is fair game for a comeback, regardless of whether their character is alive or deceased. While audiences might be growing weary of the multiverse concept, one actor is eager to reprise his role. Danny DeVito has recently revealed his willingness to return as Oswald Cobblepot, popularly known as The Penguin, in the Batman franchise. DeVito famously portrayed the iconic villain in Tim Burton’s 1992 sequel Batman Returns, delivering a performance that was both unsettling and memorable.

In line with the return of Michael Keaton as Batman in this year’s The Flash, which reunites him with DeVito from Burton’s Batman adaptation, the veteran actor is feeling nostalgic for his time donning the top hat. In an interview with SFX magazine, DeVito expressed his interest in reprising the role, stating, “I would definitely consider returning to the franchise. Batman Returns was an incredible part, it had an operatic quality. You could push the boundaries and explore so many motivations and emotions within the character. Being the odd man out – the odd bird out – brought out the essence of Oswald Cobblepot in me. It was an emotional experience because I felt it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to portray Oswald Cobblepot with Tim’s vision and design. Tim is a genius in my eyes.”

Clearly, the role holds a special place in DeVito’s heart. In the same interview, he proudly showcased the original Penguin’s umbrella prop used during the production of the film. Despite the critical backlash and commercial disappointment surrounding The Flash, with many criticizing the excessive use of cameos as shallow and disrespectful due to the CGI appearances of deceased actors, DeVito remains enthusiastic about returning to the role.

What Lies Ahead for DeVito?

Following in the footsteps of Burton’s whimsical horror style, DeVito’s latest project is Disney’s Haunted Mansion, in which he stars alongside Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis describes the film as striking the perfect balance between scares and humor. DeVito portrays Bruce, a paranormal enthusiast who aids Gabbie (Rosario Dawson), a single mother who discovers unwelcome supernatural visitors in her new home. Bruce joins a quirky team of supposed paranormal experts, including a priest (Owen Wilson), a tour guide (LaKeith Stanfield), and a medium (Tiffany Haddish), as they attempt to rid Gabbie’s house of its ghostly inhabitants. The movie is an adaptation of Disney’s renowned theme park attraction of the same name and follows a trend of projects drawing inspiration from the company’s parks, similar to Pirates of the Caribbean, The Country Bears, Jungle Cruise, and Tomorrowland.

Haunted Mansion is set to release exclusively in theaters on July 28. Take a look at the trailer for this upcoming film below:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Danny DeVito

Is Danny DeVito interested in returning to the Batman universe as The Penguin?

Yes, Danny DeVito has expressed his interest in reprising his role as Oswald Cobblepot, also known as The Penguin, in the Batman franchise. He portrayed the iconic villain in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns and has fond memories of the character and the opportunity to work with Tim Burton’s vision and design.

What other project is Danny DeVito currently working on?

Danny DeVito stars in Disney’s Haunted Mansion, a film adaptation of the popular theme park attraction. In the movie, he plays the role of Bruce, a paranormal enthusiast who assists a single mother in dealing with unwelcome supernatural guests in her new home. The film combines elements of scares and humor and is set to release in theaters.

What are some of the criticisms surrounding The Flash movie?

The Flash has faced criticism for its excessive use of cameos, including CGI appearances of deceased actors. Some viewers found these cameos shallow and disrespectful. However, despite the mixed reactions to The Flash, Danny DeVito remains enthusiastic about the possibility of returning to the Batman universe as The Penguin.

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BatmanFan92 July 8, 2023 - 11:14 am

danny devito is soooo cool! I hope he returns as the penguin. batman returns was a great movi and his performans was amazing!

FilmGeek101 July 8, 2023 - 3:15 pm

Danny DeVito’s enthusiasm for his role as the penguin is infectious. It’s great to see an actor so passionate about their character. Excited for both The Flash and Haunted Mansion!


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