HBO Max Developing 'The Batman' Spinoff Series About 'The Penguin'

by Outsiders
September 13, 2021
Colin Farrell is set to play the notorious supervillain The Penguin in 'The Batman' with Robert Pattinson as The Dark Knight and will also be playing the character in 'The Penguin' spinoff series for HBO Max.

The project is in the early stages of development and is being executive produced by Dylan Clark and Matt Reeves. It comes from Reevesí 6th and Idaho, Dylan Clark Productions, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television. Lauren LeFranc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) is set to showrun the project.

Sources are describing the feel of the series as 'Scarface-like' as it shows the rise of the Penguin character.

The Penguin, otherwise known as Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, is a dapper mob boss and one of Batmanís primary villains. Colin Farrell is set to play him in The Batman, where the disfigured crime lord is not yet the crime kingpin and dislikes being referred to as the Penguin. In the movie, which is due out in March 2022 and is set in Batmanís second year of crime-fighting, Farrell reportedly wears a fat suit and is described as unrecognizable.

Source: Deadline
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rono - 2022-11-01 @ 6:58 pm

When this series was initially proposed, there was mention that other members of Batman's rogues' gallery would be featured. I had to think that Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, Bane, Mr. Freeze, & The Ventriloquist w/ Scarface might be in that potential line up. So far, nothing. I know that Mr. Freeze has been discussed as the primary villain in the next BATMAN movie, but nothing else. I guess we'll see what develops.

RickytheRockstar - 2022-11-01 @ 5:02 am

i find this really disappointing, Sofia is such a cool looking character in the comics and animation, big and bulky and unique looking, perfect chance to give the part to someone "different", but nope they chose to go with skinny and "attractive", that's a shame, there's way too many of those type of characters already.

Outsiders - 2022-11-01 @ 1:33 am

Cristin Milioti will play the female lead opposite Colin Farrell in the DC original limited drama series The Penguin, a spinoff of Matt Reeves The Batman for HBO Max.

Milioti will play Sofia Falcone, daughter of Carmine Falcone, who is fighting with The Penguin (Farrell) for control of the city.

Source: Deadline

McYote - 2022-03-11 @ 2:11 am

I personally loved The Batman. I'll be looking forward to the Penguin series but I hope they don't try to good guy-ify him like Sony's been doing to Spidey's villains

SpiderS - 2022-03-10 @ 10:55 am

I mean minor spoilers but movie does set up this series in a way, even tho it seemed it will be more of a sequel thing, I just hope we get some Batman in there.

ghostbogey - 2022-03-10 @ 10:52 am


lordtom - 2022-03-10 @ 1:01 am

After watching the film I can honestly say 'bring it on'. His portrayal was spectacular and they can set up stuff for The batman 2: Elctric bugaloo

JayC - 2022-03-09 @ 7:10 pm

HBO Max has given a straight-to-series order to THE PENGUIN (working title), a limited series starring Colin Farrell in the title role. The DC drama expands upon the world filmmaker Matt Reeves has created for Warner Bros. Pictures global blockbuster The Batman and centers on the character played by Farrell in the film.The series is executive produced by Matt Reeves, Dylan Clark, Colin Farrell, and Lauren LeFranc, who writes and serves as showrunner. Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, THE PENGUIN is produced by Reeves 6th & Idaho Productions and Dylan Clark Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, where Reeves and 6th & Idaho are under an overall deal. 6th & Idahos Daniel Pipski and Adam Kassan also serve as executive producers, and Rafi Crohn is co-executive producer.

Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max quote: We are thrilled to bring audiences a new version of this iconic DC character that they have never seen before. It is incredible to be working with Matt, Dylan and Lauren on continuing this story and to see Colin take his already exceptional performance in The Batman to the next level.Matt Reeves quote: Colin exploded off the screen as the Penguin in 'The Batman,' and having the chance to thoroughly explore the inner life of that character on HBO Max is an absolute thrill. Dylan and I are so excited to work with Lauren in continuing Ozs story as he grabs violently for power in Gotham.Lauren LeFranc quote: I have long been a fan of the world of The Batman, and Matts film is such a powerful and bold entry into the canon. I am excited and humbled to continue telling stories in the grimy world of Gotham City - and what better excuse to channel my inner villain than to tell the story of Oswald Cobblepot? I am thrilled to work with Colin, Matt, Dylan, 6th & Idaho, Warners, and HBO Max as we work to bring this story to the screen.Colin Farrell quote: The world that Matt Reeves created for The Batman is one that warrants a deeper gaze through the eyes of Oswald Cobblepot. I couldnt be more excited about continuing this exploration of Oz as he rises through the darkened ranks to become The Penguin. Will be good to get him back on the streets of Gotham for a little madness and a little mayhem.Released in theaters in North America on March 4, 2022, and internationally beginning March 2, 2022, The Batman grossed $134 million at the North American box office and $124 million internationally in its first weekend for a $258 million global launch. The critically acclaimed film, starring Robert Pattinson, is certified fresh at 86% on Rotten Tomatoes from more than 390 reviews.

Satam - 2021-12-07 @ 2:32 am
1 hour ago, deecee4 said:

Maybe wait until the movie and his portrayal is well recieved before committing to a series.

What do you mean? It's already been well-received by desperate Warner Bros executives looking to put more on HBO Max to compete with the Marvel shows on Disney Plus.

deecee4 - 2021-12-07 @ 1:12 am

Maybe wait until the movie and his portrayal is well recieved before committing to a series.

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