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The Batman reportedly has a second HBO Max spinoff series

The Batman is getting another HBO Max spinoff series focused on The Penguin, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the publication’s sources, Warner Bros. has started to develop a TV show that will focus on the rise of Oswald Cobblepot’s real name The Penguin in the criminal underworld of Gotham.

Colin Farrell, who will play Cobblepot in the next Batman film, has reportedly been asked to reprise the role of the HBO Max series. THR claims, however, that Warner Bros. has not yet reached an agreement with representatives of Farrell.

Batman director Matt Reeves, along with producer Dylan Clark, are set to executive produce the spinoff series. Lauren LeFranc (Agents of SHIELD, Hemlock Grove) is also said to be attached to the TV show’s quill.

If The Penguin HBO Max show is confirmed by Warner Bros., it will be the second Batman spinoff series currently in development for the streamer.

A Gotham Police Department (PD) show is already underway for HBO Max, with Joe Barton (Girl / Haji, Encounter) in place as the showrunner for the series. It is not known if Jeffrey Wright and Robert Pattinson, who play Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne in The Batman, will be part of the Gotham PD show.

The Batman is set to hit theaters on March 4, 2022.


Analysis: Building on Batman’s World is a Smart Decision

Robert Pattinson's Batman stood next to the Batmobile

(Image credit: Matt Reeves / Warner Bros.)

Warner Bros. is working hard to develop a number of Batman spinoff productions, but, at the moment, Gotham PD and The Penguin are the only ones tied to The Batman movie.

Regardless of how many spin-off TV shows (or movies) that end up being tied to The Batman, it’s a smart move by Warner Bros. to flesh out this particular reboot of DC’s iconic superhero. Comics.

Unless a movie runs over two and a half hours, some just don’t have time to build a world or develop supporting characters. For an origin story like The Batman, which will focus on Bruce Wayne’s first year as the Caped Crusader, there are even fewer opportunities to develop these areas. The main focus of the original films has to be its protagonist, its antagonists, and the main plot of the film.

Spin-off productions allow studios, showrunners, and other creators to tap into the world that films like The Batman tease. TV shows, in particular, can really dig into character personalities and motivations, different areas of a city or world, and show what life is like for ordinary citizens rather than superheroes themselves. same.

So Warner Bros’ desire to get into TV shows based on The Batman is a good idea. Gotham PD will allow the public to see how the city police are handling or turning a blind eye to the various criminal enterprises in Gotham. The Penguin, meanwhile, will show us the other side of the coin and witness the birth of Batman’s most famous villains.

It’s hard to do all of this in great detail in a movie. Unlike their big-screen cousins, TV shows can examine their characters and worlds in, say, 10 hour-long episodes, leaving more time to investigate events and individuals around the world.

If The Batman is as big of a success as we hope, audiences will want to watch more content taking place in their world. So Gotham PD and The Penguin are set to do just that.

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