Colin Farrell looks unrecognisable as he transforms into the villainous Penguin for Batman filming


Colin Farrell looked unrecognisable as he transformed into the villainous Penguin for The Batman filming with Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz at St George’s Hall in Liverpool on Monday.

The Irish actor, 44, was worlds away from his usual chiselled handsome features as he wore heavy prosthetics and make-up on his face for the legendary DC Comics role.

Colin also donned a thinning wig to transform into his villainous character Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin for the day of filming.

Wow! Colin Farrell looked unrecognisable as he transformed into the villainous Penguin for The Batman filming with Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz at St George’s Hall in Liverpool on Monday

Completing his look, he wore a black tweed patterned trouser suit with a lilac shirt, black tie and leather trench coat.

Holding an umbrella, Colin put on a menacing display as he filmed at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall, which is doubling for Gotham Hall, during a funeral scene.

The Irish heartthrob was spotted shooting scenes with Robert, 34, and Zoe, 31, at the iconic venue where they transformed into their characters – Bruce Wayne/Batman and Catwoman, respectively – for the day.  

Robert cut a dapper figure in a black suit, he covered up in a smart woollen coat, with his dark locks styled into a side parting.   

Unrecognisable: The Irish actor, 44, was worlds away from his usual chiselled handsome features as he wore heavy prosthetics and make-up on his face for the legendary DC Comics role (pictured)

As usual: Colin pictured in 2019

Unrecognisable: The Irish actor, 44, was worlds away from his usual chiselled handsome features, right, as he wore heavy prosthetics and make-up on his face for the legendary DC Comics role, left 

Transformation: Colin also donned a thinning wig to transform into his villainous character Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin for the day of filming (pictured with Robert and Zoe)

Transformation: Colin also donned a thinning wig to transform into his villainous character Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin for the day of filming (pictured with Robert and Zoe) 

Meanwhile Zoe looked sensational in a leather black coat dress, teamed with a fascinator, finished with a pair of racy knee-high lace-up black leather boots.  

Further turning up the heat with a pair of fishnet stockings, the actress wore her chestnut brown locks in a sleek shoulder-length blowout, while her makeup including a smokey eyeshadow and nude pink lipstick. 

It was revealed on Wednesday that filming had started on the highly anticipated film, after the cinema release date was delayed until 2022 due to fears over the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

Warner Bros. vans were spotted in the city centre as workmen hauled props into St George’s Hall. 

Menacing! Holding an umbrella, Colin put on a menacing display as he filmed at Liverpool's St George's Hall, which is doubling for Gotham Hall, during a funeral scene

Handsome: Colin pictured in 2018

Menacing! Holding an umbrella, Colin put on a menacing display as he filmed at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall, which is doubling for Gotham Hall, during a funeral scene (pictured, left,and in 2018, right) 

In character: Completing his look, he wore a black tweed patterned trouser suit with a lilac shirt, black tie and leather trench coat (pictured with Robert)

In character: Completing his look, he wore a black tweed patterned trouser suit with a lilac shirt, black tie and leather trench coat (pictured with Robert) 

Meow! Zoe looked sensational in a leather black coat dress, teamed with a fascinator, finished with a pair of racy knee-high lace-up black leather boots for her role as Catwoman

Meow! Zoe looked sensational in a leather black coat dress, teamed with a fascinator, finished with a pair of racy knee-high lace-up black leather boots for her role as Catwoman

Filming for the £100million movie is expected to last around a week with roughly 100 actors and crew sticking to strict quarantining rules. 

Several actors have stepped into the role of Penguin through the years, Burgess Meredith, who passed away at 89 in 1997, played Penguin in the live-action TV series Batman from 1966 to 1968. 

Danny DeVito, 75, stepped into the role in the 1992 film Batman Returns.

Richard Lord Taylor, 42, played Penguin in the action crime drama TV series Gotham from 2014 to 2019. 

Fans first got a glimpse of Colin as the Penguin in August after the first official trailer was premiered at the DC FanDome virtual convention. 

A look: Robert cut a dapper figure in a black suit, he covered up in a smart woollen coat, with his dark locks styled into a side parting for his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman

A look: Robert cut a dapper figure in a black suit, he covered up in a smart woollen coat, with his dark locks styled into a side parting for his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman

... and action! It was revealed on Wednesday that filming had started on the highly anticipated film, after the cinema release date was delayed until 2022 due to fears over the novel coronavirus pandemic

… and action! It was revealed on Wednesday that filming had started on the highly anticipated film, after the cinema release date was delayed until 2022 due to fears over the novel coronavirus pandemic

And while many fans marvelled at director Matt Reeves’ interpretation of the iconic comic book franchise with a dark, gritty look and ominous tone, others couldn’t stop praising Colin’s transformation into the Penguin with prosthetics and make-up. 

Before relocating to Liverpool to shoot for the blockbuster, production workers were working in the relatively low risk COVID-19 area of Leavesden in Hertfordshire.

One insider told MailOnline: ‘Quite a few of us are surprised to say the least that around 100 people based in a film studio in Hertfordshire are being asked to go to a high risk area in the North West. 

‘However to be fair to the production company they do test for coronavirus.

‘We have been told it is strictly work, eat and sleep. We even have to eat meals alone in our hotels rooms. Despite it being a Hollywood film, it is not exactly glamorous.’ 

Exciting: Filming for the £100million movie is expected to last around a week with roughly 100 actors and crew sticking to strict quarantining rules

Exciting: Filming for the £100million movie is expected to last around a week with roughly 100 actors and crew sticking to strict quarantining rules 

First glimpse: Fans first got a glimpse of Colin as the Penguin in August after the first official trailer was premiered at the DC FanDome virtual convention

First glimpse: Fans first got a glimpse of Colin as the Penguin in August after the first official trailer was premiered at the DC FanDome virtual convention 

On Wednesday, studio workers were seen erecting the set at St George’s Hall which will double as Gotham City Hall. 

A sign which read ‘City Hall’ could be seen in the entrance to St George’s and an old fashioned red and white car was parked nearby.

One worker said at the time: ‘It’s just prep work at the moment. We certainly haven’t seen Robert Pattinson or anyone else yet but it will start very soon.’

The Batman is the latest blockbuster to be delayed because of coronavirus, raising fresh doubts over the future of hundreds of UK cinemas.

Last Monday, Warner Brothers said it would push back the release of the superhero epic, starring Twilight actor Robert Pattinson, from October 2021 until spring 2022.

OG Penguin: Burgess Meredith, who passed away at 89 in 1997, played Penguin in the live-action TV series Batman from 1966 to 1968

OG Penguin: Burgess Meredith, who passed away at 89 in 1997, played Penguin in the live-action TV series Batman from 1966 to 1968

It also revealed that sci-fi film Dune, has been postponed from December to October next year. Cinemas now face an existential threat from a drought of big releases.

On Monday Cineworld shut all its 128 UK cinemas, putting 5,500 jobs at risk, until the spring after the release of the latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die, was postponed.

Odeon has said it will only open 30 of 120 sites at weekends. Social distancing coupled with people’s fears of catching the virus mean most viewers are staying at home.

Tenet, directed by Christopher Nolan, took $300million (£228million) – much less than his previous film Dunkirk, which took £400million.

The subdued response spooked executives and sparked a rash of postponements.

Past Penguins: Danny DeVito, 75, stepped into the role in the 1992 film Batman Returns

Past Penguins: Danny DeVito, 75, stepped into the role in the 1992 film Batman Returns

The Batman was forced to delay filming last month when its lead star contracted coronavirus, parts of which were due to be shot in the Liverpool location.

An insider told MailOnline: ‘Today is the first day the main production unit has returned to filming and there seem to be no other hiccups at the moment.’

Meanwhile, a Warner Bros. Pictures spokesperson confirmed: ‘Following a hiatus for COVID 19 quarantine precautions, filming has now resumed on The Batman in the U.K.’

The source added that a significant part of the film was supposed to be shot in Liverpool but due to coronavirus the shoot had been cancelled and re-arranged several times, shifting the completion date for the project back even further.

Liverpool will play an important role in The Batman as American filmmaker Matt Reeves, who is directing the upcoming superhero film, revealed recently at DC FanDome, a virtual convention held by DC Comics and Warner Bros.

Modern take: Richard Lord Taylor, 42, played Penguin in the action crime drama TV series Gotham from 2014-2019

Modern take: Richard Lord Taylor, 42, played Penguin in the action crime drama TV series Gotham from 2014-2019

During an interview, he confirmed Liverpool would be the backbone for Gotham City as they shoot the remaining 75 per cent of the film. 

In September, MailOnline revealed that production crew were ‘working round the clock’ to try and film scenes without Robert after he contracted COVID-19 and was forced to self-isolate for two weeks.

The Hollywood actor, who was understood to have turned up on set with a temperature, had to stay away from filming for 14 days while he recovered.

It came amid fears that halting production could cost as much as £5 million with the film’s director Reeves trying to film as much as he could at the Warner Bros. Studio in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, without the leading man.

Any of the 130-strong crew who did not have direct contact with Pattinson were asked to return to work and sets that had been prepared were moved from studio G to another studio.

‘Anything that can be shot and does not involved Pattinson will now go ahead,’ a set insider told MailOnline at the time.

‘That includes scenes with his body double. The aim is to get as much done as possible before he returns and the hope is that none of the other actors get the virus.

‘Crew can be replaced as most are freelance and hired for the duration of the shoot but it would be disastrous if another major actor gets the virus.

After: Farrell look unrecognizable as the iconic villain, Penguin, in a scene where he's scowling in the rain

Movie magic: And while many fans marvelled at director Matt Reeves’ interpretation of the iconic comic book franchise with a dark, gritty look and ominous tone, others couldn’t stop praising Colin’s transformation into the Penguin with prosthetics and make-up

‘Production staff are working round the clock to get things moving and allow some filming to take place.’

MailOnline revealed how The Batman was thrown into chaos after Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19.

He had arrived at the studio and told the on-set nurse he had an ‘elevated temperature.’

A subsequent electronic temperature test meant he was sent home and told to undergo a test for the virus. 

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