It was only a matter of time, especially after it was announced and confirmed by both Colin Farrell and director Matt Reeves but now it’s official; The Batman spinoff series about The Penguin is ordered by HBO Max.
With reports going as far back as September and exclusively announced in December 2021 by Variety, Colin Farrell will return for the limited series after starring as one of the scene-stealing villains from The Batman. Based on the characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger for DC, the show will follow the character, whose real name is Oswald Cobblepot, as he rises through the ranks of Gotham’s criminal underworld.
“The world that Matt Reeves created for The Batman is one that warrants a deeper gaze through the eyes of Oswald Cobblepot. I couldn’t 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,” said Farrell.
Lauren LeFranc will serve as writer and showrunner on the series. Reeves, who directed The Batman, will also executive produce along with Dylan Clark, who produced The Batman.
“I have long been a fan of the world of The Batman, and Matt’s 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,” said LeFranc.
“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 Oz’s story as he grabs violently for power in Gotham,” said Reeves.
“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” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max.
To learn more about The Batman, you can check out our spoiler free review and spoiler review.