The Penguin - Colin Farrell

The Penguin – The Batman spin-off to air on Sky in the UK

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Colin Farrell reprises his role as the villain from the Matt Reeves Batman movie.

Updated 30/05/24: Sky pick up a Penguin.

With Colin Farrell’s return to the role of Oswald Cobblepot expected to land later in 2024, Sky have now confirmed their position. The broadcaster has picked up the rights to be the exclusive home of The Penguin television series.

The eight-part “prestige drama series” from Warner Bros. Television and DC Studios drama series will air exclusively on Sky Atlantic and stream on NOW.

The Penguin

In their announcement, Sky promise that the show will air at the same time as the US each week and on demand thereafter – the same treatment afforded to high profile shows such as House of the Dragon and The Last of Us.

In reality, that’s likely to involve a 2 am premiere, with a later airing the following evening.

Sky’s Director of Acquisitions and Strategic Projects Lucy Criddle said:

“The Penguin is an outstanding addition to our growing comic slate of films and series. With the grimy world of Gotham City amidst chaos, the story continues The Batman epic crime saga and I’m excited to see Farrell take this iconic character to new heights in this eight-part limited drama series.”

We’ll keep you posted on The Penguin – and you can check out the series’ teaser trailer below.

Original article (of 25/03/24) continues…

The Penguin - Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot (c) Max / Warner Bros. Television / DC Studios

The Penguin – first teaser for the The Batman spin-off series

The forthcoming eight-episode series The Penguin takes place directly after the end of The Batman movie, with the death of Carmine Falcone (Jon Turturro) and parts of Gotham still flooded.

In its wake, there’s a battle for control of the city’s underworld between Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Carmine’s daughter Sofia Falcone (Cristin Milioti), and the arrested mob boss Salvatore Maroni (Clancy Brown).

The wider cast includes Rhenzy Feliz, Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Deirdre O’Connell, Carmen Ejogo, François Chau, Theo Rossi, and David H. Holmes.

Writer Lauren LeFranc serves as showrunner, with Craig Zobel directing as least the first two episodes. Farrell, Le Franc and Zobel are all executive producers, alongside Matt Reeves, Daniel Pipski, Adam Kassanand and Rafi Crohn.

Delayed due to the pandemic and the WGA/SAG-AFTRA strikes, the show debuts on Max in late 2024.

While the service, known as HBO Max outside the UK, is rolling out to Europe, those plans don’t currently include the UK. The broadcaster currently has an exclusivity contract with Sky here which runs until 2026, so we expect The Penguin is likely to land on Sky Atlantic, alongside stablemates such as House of the Dragon and The Regime.


In the meantime, for a much more recognisable Colin Farrell, there’s his forthcoming noirish detective show. Sugar lands at Apple TV+ on April 5th, 2024.