The Batman’s HBO Max universe grows. Colin Farrell’s crime lord Oswald Cobblepot/ Penguin, who will be first seen in the Robert Pattinson-led The Batman movie next year, is reportedly set to get his own prequel spin-off series on HBO Max. Farrell is in talks to reprise his role. Lauren LeFranc (Agents of SHIELD) is set as head writer and showrunner.
The Batman director Matt Reeves is among the executive producers. The Penguin HBO Max series is being compared to the Al Pacino-led Scarface movie, and will depict the rise of Cobblepot (though I guess they will skip on the character’s fall, unlike Scarface).
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Behind the scenes, The Batman producer Dylan Clark will join Reeves as executive producer. The Penguin HBO Max series will be produced by Reeves’ 6th & Idaho banner, Dylan Clark Productions, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television. For HBO Max, it joins the other The Batman prequel spin-off series — from Joe Barton (Giri/Haji) as showrunner — that will be set inside the Gotham City Police Department and follow a crooked cop a year prior to the film’s events.