While the story of Bruce Wayne's Batman has been told various times on film, it's never quite the same story twice. That tradition looks to continue in 2022 with the highly-anticipated film The Batman.
Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson, this Batman film focuses on a younger Bruce Wayne early in his tenure as Gotham City's Caped Crusader.
The Batman also stars Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as Batman's notorious antagonist - the Penguin.
Even though the film isn't set to release until March 2022, Warner Bros. has already greenlit a spin-off drama set within the Gotham Police Department for HBO Max; and now, another series based on Reeves' film has been added to the line-up.
Batman Spin-Off Starring the Penguin For HBO Max
According to Variety, a spin-off series focusing on the Penguin from Matt Reeves' The Batman is in the works for HBO Max.
Colin Farrell, who plays the well-known villain in the film, has reportedly been approached to star in the HBO Max series in which Matt Reeves and the film's producer, Dylan Clark, are serving as executive producers.
Even though Farrell claims his character is only in "five of six scenes" of The Batman, the show is expected to explore his character of Oswald Cobblepot's rise to power as the Penguin in Gotham City.
Farrell's Return As The Penguin Seems Likely
Even though there's no word at this time whether Farrell will play the Penguin in the series, it seems unlikely that Warner Bros. would move forward with the show without Farrell's involvement.
After all, the present lack of a deal doesn't mean Farrell and the studio aren't in talks over the project.
Also, since there's no projected release date being reported at this time, fans may not hear of an actual deal until after Robert Pattinson's The Batman debuts next year.
The Batman is currently slated for a March 4, 2022 release.