Some time ago, we learned that HBO Max is developing a spinoff series of The Batman that will feature the Penguin. During that time, there was no confirmation yet if Colin Farrell, who plays the villain in the film, will be reprising the role on the series. Now, we finally have the answer to that.
Variety has reported that Colin Farrell has signed on to star and executive produce in the untitled The Batman spinoff series reprising the role of the Penguin. The series will chronicle the villain's rise to power in the Gotham criminal underworld. Agents of SHIELD writer Lauren LeFranc is attached to write the series. The Batman director Matt Reeves and producer Dylan Clark will serve as executive producers.
It's not surprising that Farrell will be returning in the role of the Penguin since it was expected during the time the spinoff series project was announced, but it is great to hear a confirmation that he has officially signed on to star in the project as it indicates that we will see more of him on the role.
The untitled Penguin series is not the only The Batman spinoff series that is currently in the works. It was reported some time ago that they are currently working on an untitled spinoff series about the Gotham City Police Department. It will be set during Batman's first year of crime-fighting told from the perspective of a corrupt GCPD officer. Joe Barton is attached as the showrunner of the series.
While the film will not be released publicly until March, the fact that Warner Bros. and DC are already working on spinoff projects signify that they have high confidence in the film and they are already expanding the franchise without waiting for the response of the public. There are already reports that The Batman will be the first installment in a planned trilogy.
The Batman is set to be released in theaters on March 4, 2022.