The Penguin | Sky to broadcast Batman spin-off in the UK

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Colin Farrell reprises his role as The Penguin, and it’s now confirmed that Sky will broadcast the series in the UK.

Spoilers for The Batman lie ahead.

Matt Reeves’ The Batman was among the top ten highest grossing films of 2022, the superhero epic expanding on the darker tone previously established in the Christopher Nolan trilogy while sticking more closely to the comics. One of its most striking performances was a near unrecognisable Colin Farrell as The Penguin.

It wasn’t long before HBO Max began developing a spin-off centering around the character, which will also serve as a bridge between The Batman and the upcoming sequel, which is currently scheduled to begin filming in 2025 for release in 2026.

Little is known about the plot of the series, although Farrell recently called it “incredibly violent“. The story will follow Oswald Copplebolt (aka The Penguin) and his rise to power. Farrell said that “The death of Carmine Falcone at the end of [The Batman] leaves this vacuum in Gotham to be filled, and so there are various people that are grabbing for that power. This is Oswald’s journey trying to rise to the top through extraordinary obstacles, and it’s super dark.”

Cristin Milioti plays Carmine Falcone’s daughter, Sofia, Michael Zegen plays Alberto, her brother, and Clancy Brown plays mob boss Salvatore Maro. The cast also includes Rhenzy Feliz, Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Deirdre O’Connell.

A.G.E.N.T.S Of Shield and Impulse producer Lauren LeFranc created and wrote the series, with Craig Zobel and Helen Shaver among the directors.

According to Deadline, Sky has purchased the rights to show the series in the UK, in a deal that will see the series broadcast on the same date as it premieres on HBO Max in the US. It will be available to watch on Sky Atlantic, but we do not yet have a confirmed broadcast date, we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

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