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HBO Max greenlights The Batman spin-off series “The Penguin” starring Colin Farrell


HBO Max has committed to a limited-series order for ‘The Penguin,’ a spin-off of Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Colin Farrell will reprise his role as The Penguin — otherwise known as underworld kingpin Oswald Cobblepot.  The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, was released in theaters on March 4 and has grossed $134 million at the domestic box office and another $124 million internationally.

Farrell said in a statement: “The world that Matt Reeves created for The Batman is one that warrants a deeper gaze through the eyes of Oswald Cobblepot. I couldn’t be more excited about continuing this exploration of Oz as he rises through the darkened ranks to become the Penguin. Will be good to get him back on the streets of Gotham for a little madness and a little mayhem.”

Added Reeves, “Colin exploded off the screen as the Penguin in The Batman, and having the chance to thoroughly explore the inner life of that character on HBO Max is an absolute thrill.”

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