Colin Farrell to Reprise Penguin Role in ‘The Batman’ Spinoff Series for HBO Max (EXCLUSIVE)


Colin Farrell has officially signed on to star in and executive produce a series spinoff of “ The Batman ” in which he would again play The Penguin, Variety has learned exclusively from sources.

Farrell will first portray the villainous character in “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson, which is due to be released on March 4, 2022. The series would then reportedly delve into The Penguin’s rise to power in the Gotham criminal underworld. Variety first reported the series was in development back in September, though Farrell was not attached at that time.

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Lauren LeFranc is attached to write the script for the series. Along with Farrell, “The Batman” director Matt Reeves and the film’s producer Dylan Clark would executive produce the Penguin series under their 6th & Idaho and Dylan Clark Productions banners respectively. Warner Bros. Television would produce.

Reps for HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television declined to comment.

Farrell is best known for his many film roles, winning praise for starring in features such as “The Lobster,” “In Bruges,” and “Seven Psychopaths.” On the TV side, he recently starred in the BBC and AMC Plus drama “The North Water” and previously starred in “True Detective” Season 2 at HBO. He most recently wrapped shooting on “The Banshees of Inisherin,” which reunited him with “In Bruges” writer-director Martin McDonough and co-star Brendan Gleeson.

Farrell is repped by CAA, managers Ilene Feldman and Claudine Farrell, and attorney Steve Warren.

The Penguin, a.k.a. Oswald Cobblepot, is one of the most famous members of the Batman Rogues Gallery, recognizable by his top hat, monocle, and wide variety of deadly umbrellas. On the live-action side, the character has previously been played by actors like Burgess Meredith, Danny DeVito, and Robin Lord Taylor.