The streamer already has a list of DC-related projects in the works, one of them is this The Penguin spinoff. Some still under discussion and others in development including the spinoff of The Batman and JJ Abrams-exec produced take on Madame X and Constantine.
Now also working on a series involving Batman’s classic nemesis, Penguin.
Deadline understands that the project is in its early stages of development and is being executed by Batman duo Dylan Clark and Matt Reeves. It comes from Reeves’ 6th and Idaho, Dylan Clark Productions, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. Colin Farrell will star in the show.
Lauren LeFranc (A SHIELD Agent) is set to run the project.
It is described as a “Scarface-like” series about the awakening of the Penguin character.
What Is The Penguin Series About?
Penguin, otherwise known as Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, is a mob boss and one of Batman’s main villains. The character has been played by Danny DeVito in Batman Returns and Robin Lord Taylor in Gotham.
Colin Farrell is set to play him in The Batman, where the flawed crime lord isn’t yet a criminal and still doesn’t like being referred to as the Penguin. In the film, which will be out in March 2022 and set in the second year of Batman’s crime battle, Farrell is reported to be wearing a fat suit and described as unrecognizable. Farrell is expected to star in the series.
The Penguin development project joins the Joe Barton show series, which is also set in Gotham. HBO Max gave the project a series of commitments last summer. It was designed to build on the film’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City, launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms. Focusing on the Gotham Police Department, the series will expand on the film’s world and explore the complex characters of Gotham even further.
Reeves said last summer that the series is a prequel to his Batman Year Two films, with the show set in Batman Year One when “a masked vigilante … begins to unravel the city.” The series will focus on the corruption of a city that was “years ago good” and is told from the POV of a crooked cop.
The Penguin Release Date
The Spinoff series will be released on March 4, 2022. The series will show the rise of the Penguin and his will to power in Gotham’s criminal underworld. Variety first reported that the series was in development back in September, though Farrell was not announced yet at that time.
Lauren LeFranc writes the script for the series. Along with Farrell, “The Batman” director Matt Reeves and film producer Dylan Clark will be the executive producer of the Penguin series under the banners 6th & Idaho and Dylan Clark Productions respectively. Warner Bros. Television will produce this series.
The Penguin Cast: Colin Farrel to Reprise Penguin Role in The Batman Spinoff
Colin Farrell has officially signed on to star in and become the executive producer of the spin-off series “The Batman” in which he will return to play The Penguin, Variety has learned exclusively from sources.
Farrell will first play the villain in “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson.
Farrell is best known for his many film roles, winning praise for starring in features such as “The Lobster,” “In Bruges,” and “Seven Psychopaths.” On TV, he most recently starred in the BBC and AMC Plus drama “The North Water” and previously starred in “True Detective” Season 2 on HBO. He recently finished filming “The Banshees of Inisherin,” which reunited him with “In Bruges” writer-director Martin McDonough and his co-star Brendan Gleeson.
Farrell was replaced by CAA, managers Ilene Feldman and Claudine Farrell, and attorney Steve Warren.
Penguin, aka Oswald Cobblepot, is one of the most famous members of the Batman Rogues Gallery, recognized by his hat, monocle, and assorted deadly umbrellas. On the live-action side, the character has previously been played by actors such as Burgess Meredith, Danny DeVito, and Robin Lord Taylor.
If the Penguin show continues, it will be the second spin-off series from “The Batman” on HBO Max (Raised by Wolves Season 3). The streamer has booked a drama set at the Gotham Police Department, with Joe Barton as its showrunner. This is part of WarnerMedia’s efforts to launch a new interconnected Batman universe across all its platforms.
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