AceShowbiz - HBO Max is reportedly developing a "The Batman" spin-off series. The new project will be centering on The Penguin, Variety reports.
The reports share that Colin Farrell, who will be playing the notorious supervillain in the upcoming movie, has been approached to star on the new series. However, sources claim that no deal has been reached so far.
Written by Lauren LeFranc, the project is set to focus on The Penguin's rise to power in the Gotham criminal underworld. One of the most famoust villains in Gotham, The Penguin a.k.a. Oswald Cobblepot has been played by various actors. Among them are Burgess Meredith, Danny DeVito and Robin Lord Taylor.
Reps for HBO Max refuse to comment.
The Penguin-centered will not the only Gotham-set series which is currently being developed on the network. It will join Joe Barton-showrun series which is set to focus on the Gotham Police Department. It is said that the seires is intended to extend the world established in the movie and further explore the myriad complex characters of Gotham.
Meanwhile, "The Batman" is about Batman uncovering corruption in Gotham City while facing a serial killer known as the Riddler. The movie is set in Batman’s second year of crime fighting. Directed by Matt Reeves, the film stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton / Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, and John Turturro as Carmine Falcone. The cast also includes Peter Sarsgaard, Barry Keoghan, Jayme Lawson and Andy Serkis.
In addition to serving behind the lens, Reeves wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig. The Batman is scheduled for release in the United States on March 4, 2022 after being delayed twice from an original June 2021 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.