The Penguin Series in the Works: Colin Farrell to Lead ‘The Batman’ Spinoff Exploring Cobblepot’s Origin Story

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HBO Max is continuing to expand the list of DC Universe projects it has in development.

J.J. Abrams is executive producing Madame X and Constantine shows for the streaming service, and there’s already a Gotham City-set spinoff series stemming from upcoming DC movie The Batman in the works. Well, you can now add another spinoff to the latter. Get ready for a Penguin origin story!

As reported by Deadline, a series focused on the early rise of the Batman villain has entered the early stages of development. Colin Farrell, who is covered in prosthetics and make-up as The Penguin (pictured above) in the Robert Pattinson-starring The Batman, is expected to reprise the role in the series. It’s reportedly being described as a “Scarface-like” look at the character, also known as mob boss Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D writer and producer Lauren LeFranc will be on board as showrunner, with Matt Reeves and Dylan Clark (director and producer of The Batman, respectively) attached as executive producers.

The character has previously been played by the likes of Burgess Meredith in the 1960s Batman television series, Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, and Robin Lord Taylor in Fox series Gotham.

The Batman is scheduled to hit cinemas in March 2022. Stay tuned as this Penguin series, as well as the other DC projects at HBO Max, come together…

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