While little is known about the HBO Max series The Penguin, the Colin Farrell-led show will bridge the gap between The Batman and its sequel.
The upcoming HBO Max series The Penguin will take place between The Batman and its in-development sequel.
Speaking to Variety, HBO Max Head of Originals Sarah Aubrey broke down how the Colin Farrell-led spinoff dedicated to burgeoning crimelord Oswald Cobblepot will fit within creator Matt Reeves’ franchise. “Penguin will sit immediately after the end of The Batman and temporally before the events of the second movie. The show will come out in between the two movies,” Aubrey explained. The executive went on to say that while she thinks it’s good that audiences know the spinoff will “be a bridge between the [The Batman and its sequel],” she can’t reveal any more details about the release date.
Aubrey went on to provide a few more details about The Penguin, noting that the intention of the series is to demonstrate the extent that Cobblepot goes to in order to stake his claim on Gotham City. “It is a great example of having the time over eight episodes to tell a longer-arc character story with a lot of delicious twists and turns and new characters,” Aubrey explained. She goes on to describe the spinoff as a “very specific experience” for the audience due to its focus on street-level, character-driven moments.
Beyond Farrell’s return as the titular villain, very little is known about The Penguin. The character played a key role in The Batman, serving as a means for Catwoman, and by proxy Batman, to gain knowledge on Gotham’s seedy criminal underworld. Farrell himself has briefly talked about how the show will be approached, noting the grim aesthetic used to bring it to life. “I read the first episode which was just so tasty and so unusual,” he said.
The actor has also broken down how The Penguin will open, teasing audiences with the story’s beginning. “It opens up with my feet splashing through the water in Falcone’s office,” Farrell explained, referencing the major city-wide flood that occurs during The Batman‘s finale. When asked why he was so eager to sign on for the spinoff, the In Bruges star acknowledged that he loved playing the character a great deal. “I felt like I didn’t have enough, I wanted to do it more and more and more,” Farrell said.
The Penguin does not yet have a release date but the series is scheduled to begin production in 2023.