DC and WB have offered up our first look at The Penguin series, the next chapter in Matt Reeves Batman Saga.
Earlier today, DC and WB officially unveiled the first official look at The Penguin through an in-production teaser establishing the series’ tone and revealing a little bit of the story.
The trailer feels like a perfect blend of the Sopranos and Batman mythos, and it works. It has a tone akin to darker, similar to the brutality and realistic natures of past crime dramas such as The Sopranos.
The camera work and cinematography feel fluid, and the balance of day and night elements gives the viewer the impression and reassurance that this series will take place over the longevity of time and not flow like a feature film.
Check out the Penguin trailer below:
Colin Farrell continues to excel as the Penguin (Oswald Cobblepott). He retains the character’s charm, along with brutal instincts, but as the footage progresses, his descent into resembling his comic counterpart is a sense of foreshadowing as the series advances. Oz will grow darker and more strategic in his efforts to fill the void left in Gotham City, sending him down the path to becoming his comic book counterpart.
We also got first-hand looks at Cristin Milioti as Carmine’s daughter Sofia Falcone, And Rhenzy Feliz’s mystery character, who looks to be an apprentice to Farrel’s Penguin. Milioti looks perfectly cast, and it seems the writers behind the project are elevating the source material while making it feel unique for the fans and general audience alike.
Throughout the trailer, Farrell discusses his aspirations and plan to ascend as “The new Kingpin Of Gotham.” It’s also quite genius to show the character questioning where his allegiances now lie. I feel that Oz is talking about Feliz’s character and how you need to make sure this is what you want, and that could lead to an interesting dynamic as this chapter branches off into the future of Reeve’s creative vision.
As of now, plot details are under wraps, but the footage from WB shows a sense of clear direction and one that looks to create traction and momentum as Matt Reeves continues to work on the next chapter in this new universe The Batman: Part 2 which is set for a slated release date in 2025.
It’s no secret Matt Reeves has meticulously crafted and put into motion his Bat-Verse following the events and commercial success of The Batman. For example, Reeves being an executive producer on the project, his influence and vision will be respected going forward, solidifying the license, and this new Batman Saga is in good hands.
Lauren LeFranc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is on board as showrunner and exec producer along with The Batman writer-director Matt Reeves. Executive producer Craig Zobel (Mare of Easttown) directs the first three episodes.
The Penguin is set to premiere at some point in 2024 on WB’s newly rebranded streaming service MAX(which was once HBO MAX)