Philip Seymour Hoffman
is thrilled he's among the names in contention for Batman
villain The Penguin, because he has always wanted to play the comic book bad guy. Despite The Dark Knight
star Michael Caine
's confirmation that the Capote
star has already landed the role, Hoffman insists he's yet to be officially offered the part - but he can't wait for the phone call.
He tells TheStoneReport.com
, "I grew up a comic book fan, so I love that stuff. I love going to that stuff. I think what they're doing with that whole Batman
story is really true to what that whole Batman
thing has always been. It's one of the darkest origins of a superhero, to get all nerdy and geeky on you. That character sees his parents gunned down as a young child. I remember when I was a kid reading that story, so seeing it now come to life as the dark tale that it really is intense, really dark, very visceral."
If he lands the role, he'll follow Danny DeVito
, who played The Penguin on the big screen in 1992's Batman Returns
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