While out doing promotion for his upcoming private eye drama Sugar on Apple TV+, Colin Farrell was inevitably asked about the upcoming spin-off from The Batman. He was very clear that The Penguin isn’t a superhero tale, and that fans should expect something dark and violent.

In an interview with Jonatan Blomberg of MovieZine, this is what he had to say:

“It’s dark, that’s what I can tell you about it. It’s really dark. It’s really heavy, I think – it certainly was doing it. Which is not to say I didn’t have fun, I had an amazing time doing it. It’s incredibly violent.

It’s one man’s rise to what he’s always dreamed of inhabiting which is a certain power or social status. The death of Carmine Falcone at the end of [The Batman] the film, leaves this vacuum in Gotham to be filled and so there are various people that are grabbing for that power and this is Oswald’s journey trying to rise to the top through extraordinary obstacles.”

He praised the creatives for making a “super dark” and “really twisted eight hours of television” in the interview. He said he finally wrapped on the show just two week ago, and was full of praise for the experience.

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Set just hours after The Batman ended, The Penguin stars Cristin Milioti as Sofia Falcone, Clancy Brown as Salvatore Maroni, Michael Kelly as Johnny Vitti, Michael Zegen as Alberto Falcone, with Rhenzy Feliz, Theo Rossi, Carmen Ejogo, and Francois Chau rounding out the cast.

Will Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne appear in any capacity?

The Penguin will debut on Max in the autumn.

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