Danny DeVito Is Writing a One-Shot Penguin Comic

This might not be how we expected DeVito to return to this iconic role, but it might be even cooler.


Danny DeVito's take on the Penguin from 1992's Batman Returns is nothing short of iconic. This fall, DeVito is returning to the role, but he won't need any make-up for it, because the actor is writing a Penguin-focused story for the upcoming Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant #1 one-shot anthology, GameRant reports.

DC is pairing DeVito with artist Dan Mora for the story according to Batman group editor Paul Kaminski. The comic will also feature stories from writer/artist Wes Craig, writers G. Willow Wilson, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Joshua Williamson, Stephanie Phillips, Dan Watters, and Mairghread Scott; art for these stories comes from Emma Rios, Riccardo Federici, Max Raynor, Max Fiumara, Skylar Patridge, Ariela Kristantina, Khary Randolph, Jill Thompson, Christian Ward, Gabriel Walta, and more.

Batman Returns is remembered for its villains above all else, and especially for DeVito's creepy take on the Penguin. While many other portrayals of the character make him more of an outcast-turned-criminal than anything else, the Batman Returns version turned him into a sewer-dwelling monster who planned to steal all of Gotham's first-born sons and kill them when his plan to discredit Gotham's mayor and Batman didn't pan out.

This announcement comes on the heels of the release of the new Batman '89 comic, which continues the story of Tim Burton's version of the Batman character, as portrayed by Michael Keaton.

The Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant #1 releases in November. Meanwhile, more and more hints suggest that Michael Keaton, while not officially confirmed in so many words, will reprise his role in the upcoming Flash film starring Ezra Miller and directed by Andy Muschietti.

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