The Batman hasn’t even come out yet and it’s already creating a rich world of vast content that spans across film and streaming with interesting characters with immeasurable stories to tell. Oswald Cobblepot, also known as the Penguin, is one of those characters and HBO Max will tell his story.
Deadline recently reported that HBO Max will be developing a series focusing on one of Batman’s most iconic villains, The Penguin. Collin Farrell who will be playing Cobblepot in the upcoming The Batman film is expected to reprise his role as the stumpy mobster in this new series. The Batman’s Matt Reeves and Dylan Clark will return as executive producers, with their 6th and Idaho Dylan Clark Productions alongside Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment.
New Details For The Penguin Spin-Off For HBO Max
Reportedly, the direction seems to be taking Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin on a Scarface storyline that explores his rise to the iconic mob boss. There’s no confirmation that Collin Farrell will reprise his role as Penguin, although it’s expected, unless the execs opt for a younger actor and more of a prequel format.
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This will be the second series set in The Batman continuity. Originally a series exploring corruption in the Gotham City Police Department during The Batman’s freshman year was reported to be development. Reports in August hinted at the spin-off getting a new direction that will explore Arkham Asylum in some way. Mostly due to the new working title rumored to be, Arkham, as it finally enters production. It’s also been reported that there are multiple The Batman spin-offs in development, including one focusing on Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman.
It will be interesting to see what other characters or other aspects of The Batman’s lore may get spin-offs or other projects going forward, as The Batman will launch an immersive world to explore the character’s rogue’s gallery. Who wouldn’t love to see Mr. Freeze get his own spin-off? He has such a compelling story that seems Shakespearean, it would be tragic if that’s never explored. They could, and very likely will, take the opportunity to introduce more complex stories of villains before they face the Bat in future films. Reeves remains heavily involved with these projects and it’ll be interesting to see how it continues to grow in the future.
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Source: Deadline via Murphy’s Multiverse