PENGUIN: Craig Zobel Reportedly In Talks To Direct And Executive Produce THE BATMAN Spin-off

A new report is claiming that Craig Zobel (Westworld, Mare of Easttown) is on board to executive produce HBO Max's upcoming Penguin series, and may also be in talks to direct a number of episodes.

It's been pretty quiet on The Penguin front over the past few weeks, but we now have a (potentially) very exciting update.

Discussing Film is reporting that Craig Zobel has signed on as an executive producer on HBO Max's planned The Batman spinoff, and is also in talks to helm an undisclosed number of episodes. If accurate, this would be a huge coup for the series.

Zobel has emerged as one of the most in-demand filmmakers working today, having directed features Compliance, Z for Zachariah, and The Hunt, as well as episodes of The Leftovers, American Gods, Westworld, and Mare of Easttown.

As things stand, The Penguin series has Matt Reeves, Dylan Clark, Colin Farrell, and Lauren LeFranc on board as EPs, with Farrell set to reprise the role of "Oz" from Reeves' film.

The Banshees of Inisherin star spoke about his interpretation of the classic DC Comics villain in a recent interview. The Irish actor said he was looking forward to exploring Oz in more depth, and that he's "heard we're going to be allowed to kind of do an R-rated version" of the character. 

Farrell had a relatively small part in The Batman, but he delivered a show-stealing turn as Cobbelpot, so we're looking forward to seeing a lot more of him in the series and eventual sequel.

No premiere date for The Penguin (working title) has been announced, but production is currently scheduled to commence in New York City early next year.

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