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    Colin Farrell Explained Why The Penguin Wasn't Allowed To Smoke In "The Batman"

    "I fought valiantly for a cigar."

    When The Batman premieres next month, you may notice that The Penguin is missing one key element to his costume.

    Batman stands in the rain in the film

    According to Colin Farrell, who took on the role in the new film, the iconic villain wasn't allowed to have his signature cigarette.

    A closeup of Colin at an event

    In prior films, The Penguin could be recognized by his trademark top hat, monocle and cigarette but Disney put a stop to smoking in the film.

    A black and white comic featuring the penguin in a suit and smoking a cigarette

    "Big studios make big decisions around such things as the presence of cigarettes in films," Colin said in an interview with Jake's Takes.

    A movie poster where Colin is unrecognizable as a hefty man in a suit and trench coat

    Despite the ban, Colin said he fought for his character to carry a cigar instead but he was still turned down.

    A closeup of Colin at an event

    "I fought valiantly for a cigar. At one stage I said, 'I can have it unlit! Just let me have it unlit.' They were like, 'No,'" Colin recalled.

    The penguin sits on a couch in a bar and reads from papers

    He added, "Like a bunch of 12-year-olds are going to start smoking Cuban cigars because [the Penguin is smoking cigars in a movie.]"

    A closeup of The Penguin where several scars can be seen across his face

    But since the film takes place before Oswald Cobblepot’s full transformation into the villainous Penguin, Colin hopes that his costume will be more recognizable in the future.

    A closeup of Colin at an event

    "I have no idea where it goes but it's the tip of the iceberg. The Oz that we meet hasn't embodied the energy of The Penguin, the one that was recognizable from the source comics and from previous films so if it goes again, I'd love to explore it," Colin said.

    A closeup of Colin at an event

    Hear all that Colin and The Batman cast had to say below.

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