It’s been a little while since we had an updated on the proposed Penguin spin-off to Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Though the series was picked up by HBO Max some time ago, the streamer has played their cards close to their chest in terms of when, where and how the series will take place.
We recently learnt that Cristin Milioti had joined the cast as Sofia Falcone, presumably setting up Ozzie to take on Gotham’s biggest crime families. But now, in a new interview with Variety, HBO Max head of originals Sarah Aubrey has revealed several tidbits of new information.
“Penguin will sit immediately after the end of The Batman and temporally before the events of the second movie,” said Aubrey. “The show will come out in between the two movies. Now beyond that, it’s fun for the audience to know that it will be a bridge between the two. But the actual release date, I’m not at liberty to say.”
“The goal of this is to show what Oz’s life is like and that’s very much in the streets of Gotham, trying to get up and over as only the Penguin can,” continued Aubrey. “As a hustler and a strategist with his own ambitions. It is a great example of having the time over eight episodes to tell a longer-arc character story with a lot of delicious twists and turns and new characters. It’s very much going to be about Gotham at that street level, because he’s not flying around like Batman does. We are all embracing that as a very specific experience for audiences to have.”
The series is expected to enter production in early 2023.