Danny Devito On Christopher Nolan’s Batman And Studio’s ‘Regress Of Progress’

So far in Christopher Nolan’s new “Batman” film franchise, we’ve seen Joker and Two-Face reinterpreted as darker, more sinister re-imaginings of their previous big-screen incarnations. But which villain will be next?

While there’s been significant chatter about characters like Catwoman, Riddler and The Penguin finding their way into the next Batman movie, we thought it would be interesting to get some thoughts on the situation from Danny DeVito, the actor who brought Oswald “The Penguin” Cobblepot to life in Tim Burton’s 1992 film “Batman Returns.”

“I think they should do what they do best: take other people’s ideas and make movies out of them,” DeVito told MTV News when asked how he feels the studio should proceed with the next installment. “I wouldn’t want to stand in the way of regress of progress.”

The “Always Sunny in Philadelphia” actor quickly clarified his response, saying that it isn’t Nolan’s films he’s criticizing, but studios’ affinity for dusting off old properties instead of pursuing new, original ideas.

“I think [Nolan] is great and did a great job with all of the Batman [films],” said DeVito. “I think he’s an excellent director and an excellent filmmaker. … I’m a big fan.”

As for whether anyone could top Burton’s take on the character, DeVito said it isn’t likely—but the studio has been smart about not trying to imitate Burton’s unique style and instead take the franchise in an entirely new direction.

“I loved [Michael] Keaton and I loved [George] Clooney and all the people who played [Bruce Wayne], but this is kind of a more visceral thing now,” explained DeVito.

“I don’t think they’re going to come close to anything Tim Burton does,” he said. “You can’t out-Fellini [Federico] Fellini and you can’t out-Burton Burton, so it’s good they’re taking another tact.”

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