Less than a week later The Batman hit theaters and grossed over $250 million worldwide, HBO Max gave the series a direct order to The Penguin (working title), a limited series featuring Colin Farrel in the lead role. The drama spans the world set up by The Batman and focuses on the role Farrell played in the film.
The Penguin is produced by Matt Reeves, Dylan Clark, Colin Farrell and Lauren LeFranc, who writes and serves as showrunner. Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, The Penguin is produced by Reeves’ 6th & Idaho Productions and Dylan Clark Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, where Reeves and 6th & Idaho are under an overall deal. Daniel Pipski and Adam Kassan of 6th & Idaho are also executive producers, and Rafi Crohn is co-executive producer.
“We’re thrilled to bring audiences a new take on this iconic DC character they’ve never seen before. It’s been amazing to work with Matt, Dylan and Lauren to continue this story and to see Colin leverage of its already exceptional performance in The Batman next level,” said Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max’s head of original content.
The Batman director Matt Reeves also praises Colin Farrell. “Colin exploded off the screen as the Penguin in The Batman, and having the chance to explore this character’s inner life in depth on HBO Max is an absolute delight,” he says. “Dylan and I are thrilled to work with Lauren to continue the story of Oz as it violently seizes power in Gotham.”
Colin Farrell himself promises good things from this series. “The world for which Matt Reeves created The Batman is one that deserves a deeper look through the eyes of Oswald Cobblepot. I couldn’t be more excited to continue this exploration of Oz as it rises through the dark ranks to become The Penguin. It will be nice to bring it back to the streets of Gotham for a little madness and a little mayhem,” he said.
Finally, EP/Showrunner/Writer Lauren LeFranc also talked about being part of the world. “I have long been a fan of the world of The Batman, and Matt’s film is such a powerful and bold entry into the canon. I’m excited and honored to continue telling stories in the grimy world of Gotham City – and what better excuse to channel my inner villain than to tell the story of Oswald Cobblepot? I’m thrilled to work with Colin, Matt, Dylan, 6th & Idaho, Warners and HBO Max as we work to bring this story to the screen,” she said.
Stay tuned for more details on The Penguin as they become available.