What a lot of viewers missed on their first time watching though, was the fact that it also showed the new-look Oswald Cobblepot – better known as Batman villain The Penguin – played by a completely unrecognisable Colin Farrell.
The Irish actor was seen only a couple of times during the two-minute clip, but as the penny dropped and more people realised that it was him underneath all those prosthetics and makeup, fans could not believe the transformation he’d undergone for the role…
I can’t believe this is Colin Farrell as Penguin. He’s unrecognizable lol pic.twitter.com/sbedKZxJna— Social Damising (@jdamis) August 23, 2020
Colin Farrell. I can't believe this movie exists. pic.twitter.com/cujAdl70Cc— derekwkim (@derekwkim) August 23, 2020
Can we talk about Colin Farrell's AMAZING makeup job? https://t.co/avhqFDux6q— Pitt Lefto (@JLongb0ne) August 23, 2020
still can’t believe that’s colin farrell. that’s in fucking sane. https://t.co/zmheEQ220g— eloura ♡ ‘ˢ ᵐᶦˡᵏ ᵃ ˡᵒᵗ (@thetaskoschei) August 23, 2020
I can’t wrap my head around this being Colin Farrell. Like, I still wanna believe this is someone else because HOW... pic.twitter.com/dHSpkIqSwm— Jarry Benkins (@klond00) August 23, 2020
Colin Farrell?!?! As in Colin Farrell?! WHERE?— 💀WHISKEY BONBON💀 (@_JackPBrown) August 23, 2020
Brilliant job by makeup/prosthetics crew. this is crazy. https://t.co/LPEAK114gG
Also can we talk about Colin Farrell?!— SarahTheSloth (@SarahTheSloth1) August 23, 2020
Like prostethics has come leaps and bounds?? This fits Penguin so well 😟 pic.twitter.com/p4PPCx39Ix
Also if that really is Colin Farrell under all that makeup/prosthetics then I'm pretty sure we have a Best Makeup/Hairstyling frontrunner for next year's Oscars.— Zach Macias | BLM & wear a mask! (@zachmg) August 23, 2020
Used to think Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder or Christian Bale as Dick Cheney were as dramatic transformation we will ever get but wtf! This is Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot 😮 howwww!?!? What is this magic pic.twitter.com/tQadZRquxV— Ashar Ahmad (@Mistah_Cookie) August 23, 2020
Embarrassed to admit that I mixed up Colin Farrell and Colin Firth for a solid 24 hours and was even more impressed by the Penguin prosthetics— 🍀 (@peaceloveluck7) August 23, 2020
However, some also pointed out that the transformed Colin Farrell did look a little familiar...
Casting Colin Farrell and spending thousands of dollars on prosthetics in order to make him look like Richard Kind, who also exists, is some of the most Hollywood shit I’ve ever seen. https://t.co/xNaEjv1Dfi— James B. Jones (@TheJamesBJones) August 23, 2020
why put colin farrell in expensive prosthetics when you could just cast richard kind pic.twitter.com/8DxYkL71MJ— everybody dogfood (@evrybodydogfood) August 23, 2020
I thought this was Richard Kind... Anyway, we rarely mention Colin Farrell when we talk about actors who transform themselves. This guy is always doing the most https://t.co/DrT0pGHXgs— King Valkyrie 👑 (@khethyprincess) August 23, 2020
Richard Kind / Richard Mean pic.twitter.com/r0mdAimhNs— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) August 23, 2020
It's been brought to my attention that this is Colin Farrell as the Penguin. And I think he made a brave choice to transform into Richard Kind for the role pic.twitter.com/96ItnYSw8g— Chris Zois (@cc_zois) August 23, 2020
Colin recently told SFX of the film: “I have been watching the Batman films with my kids, but this script is something that feels incredibly original. It leans into it but it doesn’t borrow; it’s born of the mythology of that character, Bruce Wayne, Batman and Gotham. But it feels like a treatment and a version that I hadn’t seen.”
The Batman will also see Zoe Kravitz taking on the role of Catwoman, while Paul Dano will be playing the film’s main villain, Edward Nashton aka The Riddler.
Production on the film is expected to resume in September, after the crew were forced to take six months off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Batman is currently scheduled for release in October 2021.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.