‘The Penguin’, a spinoff of ‘The Batman‘, starring Colin Farrell has been ordered by HBO Max, Deadline reported. The actor reprises the role of the villainous kingpin. 

Further, Matt Reeves, who directed ‘The Batman’ said ‘Penguin’ picks up from where the movie leaves the story, in terms of the character, Deadline reported. He also had an original spinoff centred around a corrupt cop, set before the events of the movie, but it is no longer moving forward. 

Reeves, Dylan Clark, Farrell, and Lauren LeFranc are attached as executive producers, with LeFranc also acting as the writer and showrunner of ‘The Penguin’. 

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Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, at HBO Max said, “We are thrilled to bring audiences a new version of this iconic DC character that they have never seen before. It is incredible to be working with Matt, Dylan and Lauren on continuing this story and to see Colin take his already exceptional performance in The Batman to the next level”, as per Deadline. 

Reeves added, “Colin exploded off the screen as the Penguin in The Batman, and having the chance to thoroughly explore the inner life of that character on HBO Max is an absolute thrill. Dylan and I are so excited to work with Lauren in continuing Oz’s story as he grabs violently for power in Gotham”. 

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LeFranc also shared her opinion, saying, “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 am excited and humbled 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 am thrilled to work with Colin, Matt, Dylan, 6th & Idaho, Warners, and HBO Max as we work to bring this story to the screen”. 

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Farrell also shared his thoughts on the upcoming show, saying, “The world that Matt Reeves created for ‘The Batman’ is one that warrants a deeper gaze through the eyes of Oswald Cobblepot”, and added, “I couldn’t be more excited about continuing this exploration of Oz as he rises through the darkened ranks to become The Penguin. Will be good to get him back on the streets of Gotham for a little madness and a little mayhem”. 

LeFranc had already penned the pilot beforehand, according to Deadline. ‘The Penguin’ is based on the DC comic characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. The show’s announcement comes after ‘The Batman’ has had a strong run in the box office, making $301.3 million globally.