Earlier in the year the big, fake Batman 3 casting rumor going around was that Philip Seymour Hoffman would play the Penguin in Nolan’s next caped crusader sequel. Hoffman himself debunked it, saying that not only wasn’t he involved, he wasn’t really interested in being involved. Since then we’ve moved on to far less appealing fake Batman 3 rumors, like Cher as Catwoman. Yet as the year draws to a close, somewhere out there Warner Bros and Nolan may actually at last be thinking about moving on to the next Batman. I think that makes it a good time to revisit Hoffman.

Of course no one knows what characters will be used in the next Batman. Maybe they won’t do the Penguin at all. If they do though, I can’t imagine anyone more perfect than Philip Seymour Hoffman. He seems like a Nolan actor and it’s easy to imagine him slipping right into Chris Nolan’s world. So note to Nolan, if you’re thinking Penguin give PSH a call and do your best to talk him into it. It won’t be hard, just show him the box office receipts for The Dark Knight and offer him points.

Earlier today I received an email from someone trying to stir up those fake Hoffman as Penguin rumors again. This particular rumor-monger went to more trouble than most, including a photo of Hoffman done up as the aforementioned Batman villain. He claims that the image is a makeup test, of the type often done when a studio is trying to figure out if they want an actor in a makeup intensive role. I find this extremely unlikely. Odds are this emailer’s pic is a photoshop job. But it’s a good photoshop job, done in just the way you might expect Nolan to approach a character like this one.

So check it out below. Again, I’m almost certain it’s a complete and total fake, but it’s worth a look to see how well Hoffman might pull off the Penguin look if he were involved:

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