SHAZAM! Star Mark Strong Confirmed To Star In THE PENGUIN - But Who Is He Playing?

SHAZAM! Star Mark Strong Confirmed To Star In THE PENGUIN - But Who Is He Playing? SHAZAM! Star Mark Strong Confirmed To Star In THE PENGUIN - But Who Is He Playing?

Shazam! and Kingsman star Mark Strong has now been confirmed to star in The Batman spin-off The Penguin, but who is the British actor playing in the DC TV series? Find everything we know right here...

By JoshWilding - May 13, 2024 05:05 AM EST
Filed Under: The Batman

We didn't initially pay a huge amount of attention to rumours that Mark Strong had been cast in The Penguin in a mystery role, but his trainer has now let the cat bat out of the bag in a series of Instagram posts. 

Giacomo Farci was asked if it's true he worked on The Batman follow-up, promoting him to reply, "Yes, I've trained Mark for it." Asked if he could reveal who the Shazam! star is playing, Farci said, "I cannot answer to this question but I'm sure you will figure it out."

Needless to say, we're guessing he won't be reprising his role as the villainous Doctor Sivana, a villain whose story ended on a largely unsatisfying note thanks to an unresolved cliffhanger in both the first movie and Shazam! Fury of the Gods

So, who has Strong been cast as in The Penguin?

The most popular theory online is that he's playing the villainous Hugo Strange, a character who could quite easily be used to set the stage for The Batman II. After all, we're expecting to spend a fair bit of time in Arkham Asylum next time around with The Joker and The Riddler in there plotting something dastardly together.

Then again, we can't discount the possibility of Strong portraying one of the many crime bosses who set out to make Gotham City their own in the wake of Carmine Falcone's death (bringing him into conflict with "Oz"). 

"Oh, tons of violence, abject darkness and a man and a great struggle to try and claw his way to the top" Colin Farrell previously said of what can can expect from The Penguin"You know, there’s a power grab in Gotham now. It’s dark, man. Lauren LeFranc with her room of writers wrote eight extraordinary episodes."

"I mean, just really, really bold stuff. I couldn’t believe that it got as dark as it gets." He'd go on to say that the show, "would be a Hard R."

Let us know who you think Strong could be playing in The Penguin in the comments section below.

The Penguin stars Colin Farrell, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz, Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Deirdre O'Connell, Clancy Brown, and Michael Zegen.

The series is executive produced by Matt Reeves, Dylan Clark, Colin Farrell, Lauren LeFranc, who writes and serves as showrunner, Craig Zobel, who directs the first three episodes, and Bill Carraro.

Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, The Penguin is produced by Reeves' 6th & Idaho Productions and Dylan Clark Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, where Reeves and 6th & Idaho are under an overall deal. Daniel Pipski also serves as executive producer.

The Batman spin-off will premiere on Max this fall. 

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ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 5/13/2024, 5:35 AM
His name may be Strong, but he's a little skinny for Hugo Strange.

Shoulda got Dave Bautista (who is a friend of DC boss James Gunn after all).
dragon316
dragon316 - 5/13/2024, 8:36 AM
@ObserverIO - taskmaster is woman , black kang why not if it’s true
EskimoJ
EskimoJ - 5/13/2024, 9:24 AM
@dragon316 - Seems the obvious example would have been Gordon.
Timerider
Timerider - 5/13/2024, 5:38 AM
Mr Freeze
Timerider
Timerider - 5/13/2024, 5:47 AM
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Mark Strong
Cass
Cass - 5/13/2024, 5:58 AM
@Timerider - That rasping voice of animated Freeze is awesome. Also like the red eyes.
JustAWaffle
JustAWaffle - 5/13/2024, 8:50 AM
@Timerider - Oh heck yeah, give him Freeze!
PC04
PC04 - 5/13/2024, 9:06 AM
@Cass - Yes! BTAS' Freeze is near perfection. Strong could be an amazing Freeze.
ProfessorWhy
ProfessorWhy - 5/13/2024, 5:59 AM
Grounded, so Mr. Frites. He's a frozen food magnate laundering money thru Penguin
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 5/13/2024, 6:06 AM
@ProfessorWhy - 🤣🤣🤣
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 5/13/2024, 6:13 AM
Honestly , the first character I thought of was Roman Sionis/Black Mask…

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I could see him as Hugo Strange aswell , especially if we get him
In The Batman 2.

Anyway , dude’s a great actor so it’s nice to have him in this regardless!!.
Timerider
Timerider - 5/13/2024, 6:15 AM
He could be just Dr Victor Fries in this, prior to his accident. He could fall into the nitrogen at the end of the series, setting up The Batman II.
grouch
grouch - 5/13/2024, 11:48 AM
@Timerider - setting up. reference. easter egg. reference. setting up. muh realism.

we've had how many years of batman and origins and references and setting up. just give us the villain in their prime. you don't need a backstory everytime. it's already known.
Timerider
Timerider - 5/13/2024, 6:05 PM
@grouch - you set him up in the Penguin series, so that when Batman 2 rolls around, you don’t have too.

His accident and origin is in the series and not the Batman film. You’re not wasting time setting it up, he’s already Mr. Freeze at the very beginning of the movie.
HashTagSwagg
HashTagSwagg - 5/13/2024, 6:25 AM
A rival gang member, that's about the most bland and wasteful character I could come up with.
grouch
grouch - 5/13/2024, 6:34 AM
@HashTagSwagg - 100%, rather than utilise Strong at his best as a known villain with a comic accurate look, he'll probably just be some guy in a suit with a script of being angry at people.
grouch
grouch - 5/13/2024, 6:33 AM
muh realism
Batmangina
Batmangina - 5/13/2024, 6:44 AM
Obviously, he's going to be the daughter of Bruce and birthing person Selina and play the Huntress with their primary weapons being crossbow and she dick.
Patient2670
Patient2670 - 5/13/2024, 1:20 PM
@Batmangina - Do you just comment on every article with statements like this? Just saw your other, in the article about Asher Angel. Is this a cry for help?
Batmangina
Batmangina - 5/13/2024, 1:28 PM
@Patient2670 - Why do you not want representation in Comic Book Movies? I want Batman to be a queer black woman the way God intended.

Stop blocking progress.
Patient2670
Patient2670 - 5/13/2024, 4:49 PM
@Batmangina - of course you do.
harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 5/13/2024, 7:06 AM
he could be Storm.
Nolanite
Nolanite - 5/13/2024, 7:25 AM
He's playing the burrito selling guy on a corner somewhere in Gotham.
Nolanite out
Matchesz
Matchesz - 5/13/2024, 7:27 AM
He could be Mr Zsasz
S8R8M
S8R8M - 5/13/2024, 7:40 AM
I can see him as Zasz/Freeze/Hugo.
Something is telling me he will play a gangster. It would be nice to see him as a cop but I can't remember the last time he played the good guy. Me and his sister in law always joked about him playing another baddy.
JustAWaffle
JustAWaffle - 5/13/2024, 8:56 AM
@S8R8M - We’ve already seen him play a general gangster in Kick Ass. I like seeing him play crazy characters.
S8R8M
S8R8M - 5/13/2024, 11:05 AM
@JustAWaffle - That's true. It would be nice to see him play something else other than a villain.
S8R8M
S8R8M - 5/13/2024, 11:09 AM
@JustAWaffle - He has been listed as Falcone on IMDb. Not sure if this show is a prequel or a inbetween-quel.
JustAWaffle
JustAWaffle - 5/13/2024, 8:36 PM
@S8R8M - I mean, I wouldn’t mind him as Falcone. But he’d be great as freeze.
Skestra
Skestra - 5/13/2024, 7:47 AM
Since the movie is within its own continuity, maybe he's playing someone outside the Batman comics like Lex Luthor. But I do dig the thought of him as Victor Freeze or Hugo Strange.
Canon108
Canon108 - 5/13/2024, 8:00 AM
First thought was Mr. Freeze...now I can see Black Mask, and Hugo Strange. Looking forward to the show though.
DocSpock
DocSpock - 5/13/2024, 8:09 AM

They should think outside the box and have him play someone cool like the Question.

RolandD
RolandD - 5/13/2024, 4:52 PM
@DocSpock - I truly doubt that they would do that but I would love to see a Denny O’Neil/Denys Cowan era Vic Szasz, although perhaps more so in the DCU. Unless it was done exceptionally well, I question whether he could carry his own movie, but I would love it if it was done right. It could be a little film more like and yet written as a character as O’Neil wrote him . I think he gave that character a lot of thought.
DocSpock
DocSpock - 5/13/2024, 6:52 PM
@RolandD -

I’d love to see them turn the Creeper loose on this new DCU.
RolandD
RolandD - 5/13/2024, 7:02 PM
@DocSpock - 0h that would be cool! I don’t think there’s ever been live action Creeper.
DocSpock
DocSpock - 5/13/2024, 7:24 PM
@RolandD -

Unless you count Gusto.
RolandD
RolandD - 5/13/2024, 7:57 PM
@DocSpock - Literally LOL!
TheMetaMan
TheMetaMan - 5/13/2024, 8:13 AM
Mark Strong is awesome. Love this guy’s work. Is it bad that I’m more excited by this upcoming tv series then the sequel to the batman. Honestly Colin Farrell’s penguin was the highlight of the film for me. His performance was mesmerising. I’ll check the series when it’s released but I’m bored of batman reboots. The batman is good, well crafted and commendable but man i just wasn’t thrilled or particularly moved by it. Pattison is a good Batman though, I like what he brings to the table as the caped crusader.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 5/13/2024, 8:26 AM
@TheMetaMan - to each their own

Personally , I liked the Batman a lot so I’m looking forward to the sequel more.
WEAPONXOXOXO
WEAPONXOXOXO - 5/13/2024, 8:21 AM

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