Colin Farrell is waddling over to HBO Max, reprising the role of iconic Batman villain Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin) in a new series for the streamer, our sister site Variety reports.
Fans will first encounter Farrell’s version of the infamous troublemaker in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Robert Pattinson-led The Batman, which arrives in theaters on March 4, 2022.
HBO Max’s Penguin-centric spinoff series (title TBD) will reportedly “delve into The Penguin’s rise to power in the Gotham criminal underworld.”
Of course, this is hardly the first time The Penguin will have been featured in a live-action Batman property. Burgess Meredith famously portrayed him opposite Adam West on ABC’s Batman (1966–1968), Danny DeVito brought him to the big screen in Batman Returns (1992), and Robin Lord Taylor put a fresh spin on the character for Fox’s Gotham (2014–2019).
If Farrell’s Penguin series comes to fruition, it will be the second spinoff of The Batman in development at HBO Max. The streamer has already confirmed a prequel series that will “go back to Year One” and explore how Gotham became so corrupt.
Hit PLAY on the trailer for The Batman below for a glimpse of Farrell as The Penguin, then drop a comment with your thoughts. Are you ready to dive deeper into his story?
we’ve been waiting too long for a live action series adaptation of Batman Beyond. I’m so tired, HBO Max keeps giving everything BUT that
I saw this with Gotham 😑
Colin Farrell’s make-up is awful!
I don’t get it. There’s a million roles in Hollywood for good looking people. Only so many good ones for short dumpy penguin like people. So you take a good looking guy and cover him up in tons of make-up, rather than just cast someone who looks like the character? I get Jonah Hill didn’t want to do it, but there must have been SOMEONE else. Can’t convince me that Farrell imbodies the character with his acting THAT much better than a hundred other actors out there. It’s not a deal breaker; it’s just weird.
Great news. Honestly I could look at that Cobblepot makeup all day. Maybe the best I’ve ever seen. Night and day compared to Jared Leto’s prosthetics in Gucci. That said I’m no expert but I did watch all of SyFy’s Face Off (twice, lol). ^_~
Robin Lord Taylor was the only true Penguin.
Robin Lord Taylor was truly amazing as The Penguin! Although i kept almost expecting him to exclaim “DEATH you are my bitch lover!!” at several points (Wedding Crashers).
The movie looks awful. Not interested in a series based on this.
Looks Freakin’ GOOD !!!