Josh Gad has had an interesting career which has spanned a variety of comedies, becoming best known for Elder Cunninghan on stage in The Book of Mormon, with Adam Sandler in Pixels, famously as Olaf in Frozen and most recently as Le Fou in Beauty and the Beast. Perhaps now he will take a slightly darker turn, having a break from comedy and trying to prove his versatility as an actor.
At least that’s what it looks like right now. Judging by his tweet on Twitter recently, he may be up against DC’s popular superhero in the new Ben Affleck-starring Batman film as the Penguin, also known as Oswald Cobblepot. His tweet was simply a picture of the Penguin – no caption, no comment, nothing but a picture. Maybe this is a very clever prank, or maybe an unsubtle way of getting us excited about the casting news before it’s officially announced.
As many know, the current run of DC films are much darker than others, particularly compared to their Marvel counterparts. It’s a win-win as far as I can see; it’s good for Josh Gad to spread outside Disney and show what he can do, seizing an opportunity of being remembered as a superhero villain, whilst perhaps lending some quirky levity to an otherwise dark film (a criticism these films have often faced). This is all good news for DC who have big plans, clearly wanting to rival Marvel.
Personally I can see this happening and see it being very good casting. Josh Gad could potentially make an excellent Penguin (not only in how he looks like the part, but could play it well too) and be an excellent asset not only to The Batman, but to the DC films as a whole. If this is true, I applaud the casting and am only more excited for this film.