BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN: David Dastmalchian On Playing Calendar Man, Penguin, AND Polka-Dot Man (Exclusive)

It's been quite the year for David Dastmalchian as he plays Calendar Man and The Penguin in Batman: The Long Halloween before we see his work as Polka-Dot Man in The Suicide Squad. So, how does that feel?

What a year to be David Dastmalchian. The Ant-Man star (where we'll sure you'll remember him from as Scott Lang's buddy Kurt) is not only set to play Polka-Dot Man in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, but also voices both Calendar Man and The Penguin in parts 1 and 2 of Batman: The Long Halloween

Last week, we had the opportunity to briefly catch up with David to discuss his role as the sinister Calendar Man in Part One, but we had to ask which of his three roles he found most enjoyable (or challenging). Time was limited, so we didn't get a chance to ask much about The Suicide Squad, but we're sure you'll find this more insightful than the actor sharing his excitement for the movie!

"[Laughs] Oh, it's impossible to pick. If you look in my office or if you'd have looked in my room many years ago, and now I'm a 'grown-up' quote, unquote, it's an office, but I've now sorted the thousands of comic books I've collected," the actor started. "I can go from Justice League to Detective Comics over to my love of Marvel and Dark Horse and Image and Boom and you name it!"

"To me, there's so much magnificent work and so many characters brilliant people have imagined over time, for me, it's hard to quantify exactly which character I like most. Each of them is unique and they're like your children or something when you get to bring them to life," Dastmalchian continued. "I'll say too, what a challenge thinking about Tim Sheridan in adapting one of the greatest comic book achievements of all time. You think about what Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale did and it's inspired so many comics. It's gone on to be canon and the dialogue and scripting is done so well. It's so beautiful and a really gorgeous script, so it was a lot of fun to sink my teeth into."

You can read our full interview with David by clicking here, but it's clear he's a major fan and all too aware of how lucky he is to be playing Calendar Man, The Penguin, and Polka-Dot Man all in the same year!

Here's the trailer for Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One:
 


Inspired by the classic story from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One begins as a brutal murder on Halloween prompts Gotham's young vigilante, the Batman, to form a pact with the city's only two uncorrupted lawmen (Police Captain James Gordan and District Attorney Harvey Dent) in order to take down The Roman, head of the notorious Falcone Crime Family.

However, when more deaths occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it becomes clear that instead of ordinary gang violence, they're also dealing with a serial killer - the identity of whom, with each conflicting clue, grows harder to discern. Few cases have ever tested the wits of the World's Greatest Detective like the mystery behind the Holiday Killer.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the all-new feature-length Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One arrives on Digital & Blu-ray on June 22, 2021.

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