Colin Farrell signs onto 'The Batman' spinoff series for HBO Max

Colin Farrell at Dumbo Q&A, 2019
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Colin Farrell has chosen to swim into increasingly popular superhero franchise waters.

We’ve yet to see the intense actor play the Penguin in the upcoming “The Batman” movie, starring Robert Pattison as the caped crusader. But Farrell must’ve liked the tuxedo and umbrella look because, as Yahoo! Entertainment reports, he’s signed on as star and executive producer of a new spinoff series for HBO Max about the waddling bad guy.

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Another demi-spinoff series, “Batwoman,” on the CW network recently fell into troubled waters when lead Ruby Rose dropped out of the show after one season, and made disparaging remarks about the whole production.

But it seems as if this Penguin project will be quite the prestige show, since “The Batman” director Matt Reeves and that film’s producer Dylan Clark will also executive produce the series.

Farrell has an impressive film resumé, though lately he’s been seen more frequently in TV productions, like the BBC and AMC Plus drama “The North Water” and “True Detective” Season 2, at HBO. But, as Variety reports, the actor has recently wrapped up shooting on a new film, “The Banshees of Inisherin,” which reunited him with writer/director, Martin McDonough, and co-star Brendan Gleeson, whom Farrell worked with in his 2008 hit, “In Bruges.”

Superhero movies have long left the critical purgatory they once resided in. And often, it’s the villains in these movies that get the meatiest parts.

Many are aware of the great actors who’ve recently portrayed the Joker (Heath Ledger, Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto), but the Penguin has drawn a fine list of actors over the years too, including Burgess Meredith, Danny DeVito, and Robin Lord Taylor.

“The Batman” won’t be out until March 4, 2022, but the Penguin show has already been in development since September, though Farrell only signed on to it recently. All of which implies HBO Max must've been confident in whatever dailies they've seen of "The Batman" to greenlight the Penguin series.

HBO Max have dived head first into the DC universe. As Variety confirmed, there are several live-action DC shows in the works, including “Peacemaker” starring John Cena (a “Suicide Squad” offshoot), a “Green Lantern” series from Greg Berlanti, and a “Justice League Dark” series from J.J. Abrams, among a number of other ideas in development.

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