The Batman: HBO Max Spin-off’s ‘Dark’ Story Teased by Star
According to the star of the upcoming Penguin series, The Batman spin-off will be quite a dark affair.
It didn’t take too long after the success of Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusading debut before Warner Bros. took to greenlighting spinoffs. Among them was one focusing on Arkham Asylum and another on Colin Farrell’s Penguin.
While many were worried James Gunn’s recent new plans for a rebooted DCU could end up canceling the project, that was not the case.
Ahead of production starting up, its lead actor has teased what the show will look like.
A Dark Story for The Penguin
In an interview with Gold Derby, The Batman and The Penguin star Colin Farrell shared his thoughts on the upcoming DC Comics spin-off, while also teasing how dark the story is.
When asked directly if audiences will be blown away by what the new spin-off will have to offer, Farrell admitted how “[he doesn’t] know,” but that everyone will certainly “be blown away by the makeup:”
The star shared that they still have some makeup and camera tests to do before filming starts “on the 27th or 28th of this month:”
He went on to note that “The Penguin show is dark,” and that with all of the impressive makeup, he’s able to explore that darkness in a unique way:
Farrell called “the first five of eight” scripts “extraordinary:”
The Rise of Oswald Cobblepot
It’s no surprise to hear that the show will be dark. After all, Matt Reeves’ first journey to Gotham City wasn’t exactly a walk in the park either.
Though this time around, in theory, the story could get as dark as they want. The creatives aren’t writing for a wide theatrical release but rather a premium cable network instead.
So, a proper MPAA rating isn’t holding that aspect of the title back as much.
When it comes to the show’s narrative, however, there’s one big question: what about Batman?
It seems that the story would have to go out of its way to consistently justify the absence of Batman—especially since the series’ events are rumored to happen not too long after the first film.
The Penguin does not currently have an official estimated release window, but with production ramping up, sometime in the first half of 2024 is likely.