“The Batman” just “the tip of the iceberg”

Holy offshoot!

Golden Globe nominee Colin Farrell prepares to reprise his role in The Penguin, an HBO Max limited series that sees the actor reprise the villainous role he played in 2022’s blockbuster The Batman flapping water wings. (Take that, Robert Pattinson!)

Before making the big-budget superhero film, the 46-year-old Irishman had no idea his character would be getting his own show, designed to bridge the gap between The Batman and its sequel.

“I just had an idea that I couldn’t explore the character nearly as well as I wanted to,” Farrell told Variety Thursday night at the Palm Springs International Film Awards, where he received the Desert Palm Achievement Award for his performance in ” The Banshees of Inisherin”.

“There was all this extraordinary work done by [makeup artists] Mike Marino and Mike Fontaine and his team and I just thought it was the tip of the iceberg, forgive the pun that we were going to do the six or seven scenes that we did in the film. I was grateful to them, but I wanted more,” Farrell said.

Colin Farrell in "The Batman."
Colin Farrell was unrecognizable as The Penguin in the 2022 blockbuster The Batman.
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In fact, he gives the makeup magic full credit for making him sign on for The Penguin, which he’ll also be performing.

“Honest to God, every thought I had about an expanded series was related to Mike Marino’s work,” said Farrell, who previously starred in HBO’s True Detective. “I just knew it had so much to do with it — age it, age it. He’s just such a genius, Mike, so it really was his work that was the inspiration.”

In fact, the make-up transformed the Minority Report star so completely that she went unrecognized in a Starbucks in Ireland during filming.

“They are cool in Ireland. People aren’t looking,” said Farrell, who will begin filming The Penguin in February with no premiere date set yet. “People don’t pay as much attention as you think!”

Colin Farrell at the Palm Springs International Film Awards.
Colin Farrell received the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Awards for his performance in The Banshees of Inisherin.
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But before he dresses up as The Penguin again, Farrell will be appearing at the Golden Globes on Tuesday night. After winning In Bruges in 2009, he’s nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture this year for The Banshees of Inisherin.

Colin Farrell in "The Banshees by Inisherin."
Colin Farrell was recognized for his role in The Banshees of Inisherin.

The dark comedy – about two lifelong friends whose bond fell apart – has capped a comeback for Farrell, who also starred in 2022’s ‘Thirteen Lives’ and ‘After Yang.’

“I’ve spoken to a few people about ‘Banshees,’ or they’ve spoken to me about how they felt less alone watching the movie,” Farrell told Vanity Fair. “And when the questions I have as a person are as collaborative as I really wish they were, that’s a beautiful thing. It also makes me feel less alone.”

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Emma Bowman

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