HBO has unveiled its upcoming slate for the next two years, featuring a new look at the eagerly anticipated The Penguin spinoff series.
This series, led by Colin Farrell and born from Matt Reeves’s The Batman, has recently resumed production after a pause due to the Hollywood writer’s strike. The new footage, part of Max’s 2024 promotional video, offers a tantalising glimpse into the world of Batman’s iconic adversary, confirming the series is on track for a 2024 release on Max.
The Penguin is set in the same universe as The Batman and sees Farrell reprising his role as the titular villain. The series, showcasing Gotham City’s underworld, is separate from the new DC Universe crafted by James Gunn and Peter Safran but continues to expand Reeves’s vision of Gotham City. The show’s narrative focuses on Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot, famously known as The Penguin, a master criminal with a unique style marked by his rotund physique and distinctive attire.
Cristin Milioti joins the cast as Sofia Falcone, daughter of Gotham’s mob boss Carmine Falcone. The series also features Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Deirdre O’Connell, Rhenzy Feliz, Carmen Ejogo, François Chau, and David H. Holmes in undisclosed roles. Craig Zobel of Mare Of Easttown fame directs the first two episodes, with Lauren LeFranc of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the showrunner. Farrell also serves as an executive producer alongside Reeves and Dylan Clark.
The Max teaser not only highlighted The Penguin but also confirmed the return of The Last of Us for season 2 in 2025 and offered a first look at Welcome To Derry, a prequel to Stephen King’s It. The footage of The Penguin reveals Farrell’s crime lord plotting his rise in Gotham’s crime world, signaling a gritty and intense narrative.
Slated as a Scarface-like tale, the eight-episode series will delve into Penguin’s rise to power, leading up to The Batman: Part Two, set for release on 3 October 2025.
While the exact release date is still unconfirmed, The Penguin is set to arrive in 2024.