Warner Bros. Discovery is all about the reformation of the DCU right now, but ticking away in the background is their other big DC project of The Batman universe. Part of this will be the upcoming Penguin series starring Colin Farrell, which is heading into production as the first of many potential spin-offs and sequels to this year’s Matt Reeves-directed hit. Now, as part of a lengthy interview with Variety, HBO Max executive Sarah Aubrey has explained where The Penguin will fit in with The Batman’s timeline and its potential sequel. She said:
“Penguin will sit immediately after the end of The Batman and temporally before the events of the second movie. The show will come out in between the two movies. Now beyond that, it’s fun for the audience to know that it will be a bridge between the two, but the actual release date, I’m not at liberty to say. The goal of this is to show what Oz’s life is like and that’s very much in the streets of Gotham, trying to get up and over as only the Penguin can. As a hustler and a strategist with his own ambitions. It is a great example of having the time over eight episodes to tell a longer-arc character story with a lot of delicious twists and turns and new characters. It’s very much going to be about Gotham at that street level, because he’s not flying around like Batman does. We are all embracing that as a very specific experience for audiences to have.”
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How Will The Penguin Fit In The Batman 2?
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Knowing where The Penguin fits into the timeline of The Batman suggests that Colin Farrell may have a prominent role to play in The Batman 2. So far, that means that although the Robert Pattinson-led movie may be short on the fantasy elements of Batman films of the past, the sequel could make up for it with a whole pantheon of classic villains, with Farrell’s Penguin likely to be joined by Barry Keoghan’s Joker and Paul Dano’s Riddler as just some of the possible adversaries for the Dark Knight to contend with.
The Penguin is not the only spin-off already in the works from the world of The Batman, with a second series planned to give the well-known Gotham location of Arkham Asylum its time in the spotlight. That series was initially planned to focus on the Gotham Police Department, but Reeves subsequently explained that the idea of a series being set within Arkham was much more interesting and something that had not been done before. Focusing on Arkham and its inmates potentially opens the doors for even more classic Batman villains to be explored in this new version of the Batman universe.
Although there has been no date yet given for the Penguin series to hit HBO Max, it is clear that the story will be set before the events of The Batman 2, which is reportedly scheduled for release sometime in 2025.