According to publication sources, Warner Bros. has begun producing a TV show that will focus on the rise of Oswald Koble Pot – the penguin’s real name – in Gautam’s criminal underworld.
Colin Ferrell, who will play the role of Kobel Pot in the upcoming Batman movie, is said to have been tapped to reprise his role in the HBO Max series. THR claims, however, that Warner Bruce has not yet reached an agreement with Ferrell’s representatives.
Batman director Matt Reeves, as well as producer Dylan Clark, are in line to put the spin-off series into action. Lauren Lee Frank (Shield’s agent, Hemlock Guru) is also reportedly involved in the penmanship of the TV show.
If the Penguin HBO Max show is confirmed by Warner Bruce, it will be the second Batman spin-off series currently ready for Streamer.
The Gotham Police Department (PD) show is already being made for HBO Max, as the show runner in the Barton (Girl / Pilgrim, Encounter) series. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Batman is set to release in theaters on March 4, 2022.
Analysis: Building on Batman’s world is a smart move.
Warner Bros. is working hard to produce more Batman spin-offs, but for now, only Gautam PD and The Penguin are involved in the Batman movie.
No matter how many spin-off TV shows (or movies) are linked back to Batman, this is a great move by Warner Bruce to end this particular reboot of the famous DC Comics superhero.
Unless the run time of a film is more than two and a half hours, some do not have much time in the way of world building or side character development. For an original story like The Batman, which will focus on Bruce Wayne’s first year as a Capped Crusader, there are even fewer opportunities to expand in these areas. The main focus of the original film should be its main character, the opponent (film) and the main plot of the film.
Spin-off productions allow studios, show runners and other creators to build on the world that makes films like The Batman. TV shows, in particular, can dig into the characters’ personalities and motivations, in a city or in different parts of the world, and show what life is like for ordinary citizens, rather than superheroes.
Warner Bruce’s desire to join a Batman-based TV show is a good idea. Gautam PD will allow the audience to see how the city’s police officers deal with Gautam’s various criminal businesses or turn a blind eye. Meanwhile, Penguin will show us the other side of the coin and testify to how Batman became the most famous villain.
It’s hard to do any of this in detail in a movie. Unlike their big-screen cousins, TV shows can examine their characters and the world, say, 10 episodes an hour, giving them more time to investigate events and individuals around the world.
If Batman is as successful as we expect it to be, audiences will want to see more and more content in his world. That’s all Gautam Gautam and The Penguin have to do.