A member of Gotham's underworld, who was teased throughout The Batman, has now been recast.
Paul Dano's Riddler was far from the only villain in town for Robert Pattinson's DC debut.
For one, there was Colin Farrell's Penguin, who is now going on to get his own HBO Max series. But above that short and stout gangster was another crime boss: Carmine Falcone
Now, Matt Reeves' universe is putting the spotlight on the man who made Falcone's rise to power possible.
A Gotham Player Has Been Recast
Variety revealed that Matt Reeves' The Penguin will be recasting a character who was referenced repeatedly during The Batman, Salvatore Maroni.
Actor Clancy Brown will be taking over the role, first appearing in the upcoming HBO Max spinoff series led by Colin Farrell.
For those who aren't familiar with the character, Maroni is a notorious Gotham City crime boss—one whose arrest set the stage for Carmine Falcone's organization to rise to the power they have during Robert Pattinson's 2022 film.
Fleshing Out Gotham City's Underworld
Variety wasn't actually the first to report about Salvatore Maroni showing up in The Penguin—The Illuminerdi gets that credit.
However, their report did not include which actor was going to replace the extra who was briefly seen as the character on the front of a magazine in The Batman.
Clancy Brown is a big name known for his roles in The Shawshank Redemption, Dexter: New Blood, Tales of the Jedi, and more. His involvement seemingly confirms that the infamous Batman villain will be instrumental in telling the story of Penguin's ascension in the local criminal hierarchy.
Needless to say, he's probably going to get himself out of prison. But how? More importantly, as he returns to the fold, will he be taken down once again by Oswald Cobblepot or work alongside him?
While The Batman can be found streaming on HBO Max, there's no official release window for The Penguin—but production for the project has recently begun.