The Penguin release date speculation, cast, plot, and more news

HBO's The Batman spin-off puts the nasty DC villain The Penguin on center stage. Here are the details ahead of the series' release date.

Colin Farrell as The Penguin

When is The Penguin release date? We wouldn’t have predicted a TV series about the Batman villain, but Matt Reeves’ cinematic take on the Dark Knight was so well received that Warner. Bros and HBO are all-in.

In the DCU‘s The Batman, Colin Farrell’s take on The Penguin was befitting of the mean-spirited gangster from DC comics. The news of a spin-off show came soon after, so here’s everything we know so far about the cast of DC villains, the story, and more.

Colin Farrell as The Penguin

The Penguin release date speculation

The Penguin will be released in 2024. Although an exact date hasn’t been announced yet, we think it’ll be the second half of the year.

This is because of the delays to all Hollywood productions during the 2023 writers strike and actors strike. They undoubtedly had some sort of important over the several months they were in effect.

The series is being referred to as the next entry in ‘The Batman saga’ since The Batman 2 is a long way off. A new look at Farrell in character was unveiled on November 21, 2023 (seen above). In the image, Oswald Cobblepot stands in a white suit with a rather opulent-looking disco ball in the background.

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Who’s in The Penguin cast?

Colin Farrell is back as The Penguin and he will be joined by some fresh faces in the cast such as Clancy Brown and Cristin  Milioti.

The inimitable Brown will be playing Gotham’s former kingpin, Salvatore Maroni, an important figure in Gotham’s underworld. The Falcones are involved too, as Gotham’s other big crime family.

Many of the attached actors’ roles are being kept under wraps, for now.

The Penguin cast list:

  • Colin Farrell as The Penguin
  • Clancy Brown as Salvatore Maroni
  • Cristin Milioti as Sofia Falcone
  • Michael Zegen as Alberto Falcone
  •  Rhenzy Feliz
  • Michael Kelly
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Deirdre O’Connell
  • James Madio
  • Scott Cohen
  • Theo Rossi
  • Carmen Ejog
  • François Chau
  • David H. Holmes
  • Craig Walker
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What is The Penguin about?

Set after the events of The Batman, The Penguin will follow Oswald Cobblepot as he rises through the ranks of Gotham’s mob following the death of Falcone.

The series will pick up mere days after The Batman ended and will explore how Cobblepot will seek to take advantage of the power vacuum left in the wake of Carmine Falcone’s death.

Expect to see power plays, wobbly alliances, and lots of backstabbing. Penguin is one of the most slippery snakes in Batman’s Rogues Gallery, you can’t trust him as far as you can throw him, whether you’re a criminal or a hero.

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Is there a The Penguin show trailer?

In April 2023, Max released an in-depth behind-the-scenes teaser, but there’s no official The Penguin trailer yet.

The in-production teaser showed some behind-the-scenes footage, as well as being a regular trailer with first looks at cast members, including Carmen Ejogo, Michael Kelly, and Cristin Milioti.

Where can I watch The Penguin?

The Penguin show will debut on HBO and will be available to watch on the Max streaming service.

If you are in the UK, the series will likely head to Sky/NOW TV. We will keep you updated as more information heads our way!

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How many episodes will The Penguin have?

The Penguin is expected to have eight episodes.

This lines up with what Farrell told Comicbook.com when he spoke about “a six or eight-hour journey”.

The show is also expected to be a mini-series, lasting one season. However, when it gets to the end of its run, we might still get to see more of The Penguin alongside other Batman villains elsewhere in this corner of the DCU.The Penguin show release date - Colin Farrell as The Penguin

Is The Penguin a The Batman spin-off?

The Penguin is a spin-off of The Batman and is based on the changes to Gotham seen in that movie, as it follows the reverberations of Carmine Falcone’s death.

We know it’ll be set in Reeves’ rain-soaked Gotham, and during an interview with Collider, director Matt Reeves revealed that The Penguin will tie into The Batman 2.

“There’s actually a whole little fabric of things we’re wanting to do, the way we’re doing with [the] Penguin and how that comes back into how that will lead into the sequel, and what that sequel is going to be,” he explained.

“There are some other things we have planned too. […] The BatVerse of what we’re doing has me very, very excited, and I’m very passionate about it. So I’m excited.” Who knows? Maybe we’ll see Alfred Pennyworth, James Gordon, or the caped crusader himself.

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