The Penguin is one of Batman’s most iconic villains, up there with Catwoman, Joker, and the Riddler. The character has been a thorn in the Caped Crusader’s side since he made his comic book debut in 1941 (via Detective Comics issue #58), and has appeared in various iterations of the Batman mythology, from games to cartoons and of course movies.

But how many Batman movies feature the Penguin?

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Every Batman movie featuring the Penguin

Image: ©20th Century Fox/DC Entertainment

The Penguin made his movie debut in the 1966 big screen adventure, Batman: The Movie. In this feature-length TV spin-off, the character was played by Burgess Meredith, who reprised his role from the television show.

Twenty-six years would then pass before the Penguin reappeared on the big screen, but when he did he was simply unforgettable. Danny DeVito took on the part, for a gruesome interpretation in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992).

Image: ©Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Entertainment

The Penguin’s next movie appearance was in animation, first in 2003’s Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, then in 2005’s The Batman vs Dracula. From here, the character continued to crop up sporadically in animated Batman movies, with a number of actors providing voice over duties, including most notably Tom Kenny.

Image: ©Warner Bros./DC Entertainment

Following a lengthy stint in cartoons, the Penguin switched back to live-action for 2022’s The Batman. Here the character will be played by Colin Farrell.

If you are interested in checking out past interpretations of Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, here is a list of all of the Penguin’s movie appearances:

  • Batman: The Movie (1966)
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)
  • The Batman vs Dracula (2005)
  • Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite (2013)
  • Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered (2014)
  • Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts (2015)
  • Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015)
  • Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Attack of the Legion of Doom (2015)
  • Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Gotham City Breakout (2016)
  • Batman Unlimited: Mech vs. Mutants (2016)
  • Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016)
  • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
  • Batman vs. Two-Face (2017)
  • Batman Ninja (2018) – Japanese and American editions
  • Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2018)
  • Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash (2018)
  • Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019)
  • Lego Batman: Family Matters (2019)
  • The Batman (2022)

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