Although Josh Gad insisted last month he’s simply “having some fun” with speculation that he’s eyeing a role as classic Batman foe The Penguin, the Beauty & the Beast co-star isn’t about to let up on the teases.
The actor added more fuel to the fire on Thursday with a photo of himself at the DC Entertainment offices standing between Jon Berg, Warner Bros.’ executive vice president of development and production, and Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment’s president and chief creative officer. The two were named last year to oversee the studio’s new DC Films division.
Nothing to see here… pic.twitter.com/3wIc1Fj4Wr
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 2, 2017
What’s more, Gad is holding a copy of Batman Adventures, Vol. 1, whose cover prominently features — you guessed it! — The Penguin. In the accompanying tweet, the actor writes, “Nothing to see here,” echoing comments he made last month on the red carpet of the MTV Movie & TV Awards.
“Really, I promise!” he said at the time. “There’s nothing to … there’s nothing there.” However, Gad conceded he “absolutely be open to playing the Penguin in the Batman movie,” adding, “There’s nothing more we need to talk about. It’s all … we’ll see.”
The actor, whose credits include Frozen, The Book of Mormon and the upcoming Murder on the Orient Express, first sparked the rumors in early May when he tweeted an image of The Penguin, without any comment. Speculation has centered on director Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which will see Ben Affleck reprise his role as Bruce Wayne. Although Joe Manganiello was announced last year to play Deathstroke, rewrites and delays following the departure of Affleck as director have led to questions about whether that’s still the case.
Of course, that film isn’t the only Batman-related project in the Warner Bros. pipeline, as David Ayer is attached to direct the Suicide Squad spinoff Gotham City Sirens, and development has begun on Nightwing and Batgirl. But we also shouldn’t discount the possibility that Gad is simply “having some fun.”
The Batman stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. While there’s no announced release date, Affleck will next suit up as the Dark Knight on Nov. 17 in director Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
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