Matt Reeves’ Penguin is Green-Lit for a Spin-Off

DC announces Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ HBO spin-off centering Colin Farrell’s The Penguin.

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D.C. announced their intentions to produce a new HBO limited series, which will work as a spin-off of Matt Reeves’ The Batman. The Penguin, a working title, will take place after the events of the movie, focusing on the power vacuum left in the underground world of Gotham; more specifically, The Penguin’s ascent to power. Colin Farrell will be reprising his role as the short, round, and well-dressed character who has a flair for violence.  

Lauren Lefranc, who wrote the pilot and will work on the series as showrunner, will be producing the show along with Reeves, Dylan Clark, and Farrell. Lefranc exclaimed,

“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?”

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It will be interesting to see what directions Lefranc will take on the character, who has been portrayed vastly differently both on-screen and in the comics. Although created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1941, as a colorful and flamboyant villain, like most of Batman’s counterparts, it is safe to say the Penguin we’ll be seeing will be much darker. The New Earth and Prime Earth story arcs heavily influence Matt Reeves’ The Batman. The Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge, a seedy hangout for underground criminals, is already established in The Batman, which first appeared in the New Earth comics in 1995, and The Penguin’s knack for organized crime, which plays a significant role part in that 1986-2011 run.

Additionally, The Batman riffs off the Zero Year storyline where The Riddler floods the city. This theme of a ruined Gotham also occurs in No Man’s Land, A Bat-Family crossover event that leaves Gotham abandoned by the U.S. government after a large earthquake that occurred in Cataclysm. In No Man’s Land, The Penguin is left on top, being one of the city’s wealthiest citizens and crime lords, a theme that might reoccur in the upcoming T.V. series. Despite the comic book similarities to Reeves’s film, the show is not tied to one reality, so The Penguin may pull from other comics (mayor Cobblepot perhaps?) or live a life of its own. 

For more on The Batman, check out our review here.

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