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Batman fans who were delighted by Colin Farrell’s take on the Penguin in Matt Reeves’ Dark Knight film may want to consider getting an HBO Max subscription, as The Hollywood Reporter has learned that a spin-off series centered on Oswald Cobblepot is in development for the streaming service. Plot details are unknown at this time, but Farrell will reprise his role as the classic villain, presumably with the same amount of heavy makeup that made him practically unrecognizable in the new movie starring Robert Pattinson. The Batman has earned over $288 million worldwide since its release on March 4, 2022.

“The world that Matt Reeves created for The Batman is one that warrants a deeper gaze through the eyes of Oswald Cobblepot,” Farrell said in a statement. “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.”

“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,” added Reeves, whose past credits include Cloverfield and two Planet of the Apes films.

HBO Max Orders ‘The Batman’ Spinoff ‘The Penguin’ Starring Colin Farrell (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • The series will be executive produced by Reeves, Dylan Clark, Farrell, Daniel Pipski, Adam Kassan and and Lauren LeFranc, who will serve as showrunner.
  • The limited series will be produced by Reeves’ 6th & Idaho Productions and Dylan Clark Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
  • The project was one of a couple The Batman spinoff ideas that have been in development for HBO Max. Another was based on the Gotham police force, which Reeves recently said was no longer moving forward and instead has morphed into a story set in Arkham Asylum.

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