The new trailer for The Penguin is here, and it's brutal

The rise of Gotham's Underworld is ready to be explored in Max's The Penguin. The new trailer confirms we're in for a dark adventure.
Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot in The Penguin. (Photograph by Courtesy of Max)
Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot in The Penguin. (Photograph by Courtesy of Max) /

Max's The Penguin series is undoubtedly one of 2024's most anticipated new shows. The limited series is a spinoff of Matt Reeves' The Batman film set to bridge the gap between the 2022 film and its 2026 sequel, with Colin Farrell returning to reprise his role as the future kingpin of Gotham City.

Now, with the show's September premiere on the horizon, Warner Bros. and DC Studios have officially unveiled a new trailer featuring never-before-seen footage from the upcoming crime-drama thriller. You can watch it below:

The latest footage round starts with a brief narration from Colin Farrell’s Oswald "Oz" Cobblepot, a.k.a. The Penguin himself. The timeline is then confirmed as the series appears to pick up shortly after the events of The Batman, which saw The Riddler (Paul Dano) flood Gotham City and leave a power vacuum for control of the criminal underground.

Speaking of the criminal underground, the trailer introduces us to a possible antagonist in the presence of Cristin Milioti’s Sofia Falcone, looking to recapture the honor and prestige of her family name after Carmine's death in The Batman

I do admit that the seeing these two iconic characters (Oz and the heir of the Falcone empire), heading towards a a potential battle for Gotham will be a moment that should have many tuning in. 

The Penguin
The Penguin. Max original. /

In addition to that, audiences were greeted with the first look at Clancy Brown as the Gotham crime lord Salvatore Maroni in prison, which keeps in nature with the established lore from the events of the Robert Pattinson-led film. Other notable aspects from the trailer confirmed that the latest DC series feels as though it is cut from the same cloth of its preceding film, while the level of maturity is on full display (and tuned up to eleven, too!). Oh yes, we're in for a very The Sopranos-like series! 

The question that many will most likely bring to focus week in and week out is what elements of the Batman saga will be brought forth and which parts of the series will be included in future installments in the franchise (most notably in The Batman - Part II which is currently slated for an Oct 2, 2026 release date).

DC Studios CEO James Gunn recently confirmed that Matt Reeves is still hard at work with the script for the sequel, telling a fan on the social media platform Threads that the project will proceed to the next steps when Reeves feels it’s ready.

The official cast for The Penguin includes Colin Farrell (The Penguin / Oswald Cobblepot), Cristin Milioti (Sofia Falcone), Rhenzy Feliz (Victor Aguilar), Michael Kelly (Johnny Viti), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Nadia Maroni), Deirdre O’Connell (Francis Cobb), Clancy Brown (Salvatore Maroni), James Madio (Milos Grapa), Scott Cohen (Luca Falcone), Michael Zegen (Alberto Falcone), Carmen Ejogo (Eve Karlo), and Theo Rossi (Dr. Julian Rush).

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.

In the meantime, DC is going all out with a plethora of Batman-related media. Next up is animated series Batman: Caped Crusader, which will stream on Amazon Prime Video with 10 episodes, premiering on August 1. The Penguin will premiere in September and long-awaited Joker sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux, will arrive in movie theaters on October 4, 2024.

Matt Reeves’s The Batman is currently streaming on Max. 

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