'The Batman' Spinoff Series About Penguin Being Developed at HBO Max

With the upcoming Batman reboot due to hit theaters in March 2022, HBO Max is already developing a spinoff series based on the rise of the Penguin.

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With The Batman due to hit theaters in March 2022, Warner Bros. and HBO Max are already developing a spinoff series based around one of the Caped Crusader’s classic foes.

According to Variety, the project, which is in the early stages of development, will center on The Penguin rising to power in Gotham. It will be executive produced by The Batman director Matt Reeves and the film’s producer Dylan Clark. Colin Farrell, who plays the notorious villain in the forthcoming film, has reportedly been approached to star in the spinoff series but no deal has yet been made.

This would be the second spinoff series from The Batman at HBO Max, with the streamer also developing a show around the Gotham Police Department.

After several COVID-related delays, the Robert Pattinson-starring reboot is currently set to hit screens on March 4, 2022. Alongside Pattinson and Farrell, the star-studded cast features Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, script co-writer Mattson Tomlin last year revealed how his and Reeves’ approach differs from the previous iterations of Batman.

“I think that really looking at Batman as somebody who has gone through this trauma, and then everything that he’s doing is then a reaction to that, rather than shy away from that, I think this film leans into that in some very fun and surprising ways,” Tomlin said. “I think that’s all I can say without getting yelled at.”

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