For its DC Comics-based assets in the future years, Warner Bros. has some lofty ambitions, and DC Comics fans have every cause to be thrilled. On top of films like “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” and “Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom,” HBO Max is also planning to release films focused on more specialized characters. In addition to John Cena’s Peacemaker, Blue Beetle, Batgirl and Jurnee Smollett’s Black Canary will all be receiving their own shows on the streaming service in the near future. Warner Bros. isn’t straying too far from its core business, even as it dives further into DC’s collection.
As an example, the premiere of filmmaker Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” in March 2022 is quickly approaching, much to the pleasure of Bat fans throughout the world. The HBO Max spin-offs of this violent, horror-esque version on the Dark Knight’s mythos areas as interesting as the film itself. According to Deadline, in 2021, the Gotham City Police Department will be the subject of a crime thriller, as well as a show on Oswald Cobblepot, also known as the Penguin.
The Penguin made his comic book debut in Detective Comics #58 in December 1941, and he’s no stranger to the dazzling lights of Hollywood. As a Gotham City underworld leader, Batman has been depicted in a number of ways, from the campy yet famous interpretations of Burgess Meredith and Danny DeVito to Robin Lord Taylor’s current realistic, unhinged portrayal. “The Batman” will have Colin Farrell’s own take on the crime lord, even if he doesn’t appear in many scenes.
This means that the Penguin program won’t be available until at least 2022, although it’s more likely that it will come in 2023 or 2024.
Who will be added to the cast roster is still a mystery, much like the release date for the Penguin series. As a result, the most we can do is make informed predictions based on similar initiatives. Oswald Cobblepot will be played by Colin Farrell, but neither he nor HBO Max or Warner Bros. have announced that he will be returning to the character. If Robert Pattinson, Zo Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, and the rest of the cast of “The Batman” decide to join in on the fun, it’s unclear who else may.
Aside from knowing who will feature on the Penguin program, we also know a little more about the people who are behind it. “The Batman” stars Dylan Clark and Matt Reeves as executive producers, together with Reeves’ 6th and Idaho, Dylan Clark Productions, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Showrunner Lauren LeFranc, who has worked on “Agents of SHIELD” and “Impulse,” has also been recruited for the role. Overall, it appears to be incapable hands, and perhaps casting details won’t be too long behind.
Despite the lack of information regarding the Penguin project’s release date and actors, certain details about its plot have emerged. Following on the footsteps of Scarface, it will follow Oswald Cobblepot’s ascent from a disfigured yet well-dressed Gothamite to the prominent criminal leader that is generally represented in the film. A prequel or a sequel to “The Batman” might be in the works, allowing us to dive deeper inside the mind of the legendary Batman rogue in 2022.
In addition, it’s possible that the Penguin series will somehow be connected to the Gotham City Police Department show. A precursor to “The Batman,” Matt Reeves has disclosed, the film would explore Gotham City’s criminal underbelly and the moral degradation of its police force.