Colin Farrell Reveals First Details About HBO Max’s Batman Spinoff

Gotham City is underwater and up for grabs on DC The Penguin. The limited series ordered from HBO Max is taken from the last minutes of filmmaker Matt Reeves The Batman, which ended with Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot (Colin Farrell) wading through the rubble of the empire once ruled by Gotham mobster Carmine Falcone (John Turturro). Although Detective Dark Knight (Robert Pattinson) foiled the Riddler’s (Paul Dano) killing spree — ultimately saving the elected mayor with the help of Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz) — Batman couldn’t stop the Riddler’s bombs from exploding. flood the city and transform Gotham. in a No Man’s Land.

“[The Penguin] starts about a week after the movie The Batman ends. So Gotham is still a little underwater,” Farrell revealed to in addition in an interview for his new film The Banshees of Inisherin. “I read the first script of the first episode, and it opens with my feet splashing in water from Falcone’s office. Even just that, I read it, I was like, ‘Oh, well blood”. It’s lovely. It’s so well written.

Lauren Le Franc (hemlock groveby Marvel Agents of SHIELD) writes and serves as showrunner on the Batman Spin-off series executive produced by Farrell, Reeves and Dylan Clark.

LeFranc “did an amazing job,” Farrell added. “She writes and performs, and she’s great, and it’s just a very exciting prospect.” Reprising her role in the tentatively titled series The PenguinFarrell said, “I love this character and I was greedy with him. I felt like I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to do it more and more, so now I have the chance.”

DC drama spans Reeves’ budding world Bat-verse and centers on Farrell’s Oz, a mid-level mobster who served as Falcone’s chief lieutenant until the crime lord’s assassination at the hands of the Riddler.

“The world for which Matt Reeves created The Batman is one that deserves a deeper look through the eyes of Oswald Cobblepot,” Farrell said in a statement announcing HBO Max’s direct order of the Batman sequel series. “I couldn’t be more excited to continue this exploration of Oz as he rises through the dark ranks to become The Penguin. It would be great to bring him back to the streets of Gotham for a bit of craziness and a bit of chaos.”

Reeves, who is also producing the as-yet-untitled film arkham asylum series in development at HBO Max, compared the rise of Oz to scarface.

“I said [to HBO Max]”To be honest with you, what was going to be the seeds of what I thought the next story might be in terms of Penguin is that I saw there was this kind of ‘dream story’ American in Gotham”, almost like scarface; the rise of this character who we all know will achieve mythical status,” Reeves said. EO. “He’s underrated and he’s like a ticking time bomb… They were like, ‘Oh my God, we’re in!’ And that was really exciting because by then Colin had already brought that character to life.”

The Penguin is set to begin filming in early 2023 and will air on HBO Max.