How Does 'The Batman' Set Up HBO Max's Penguin Spin-Off Show?

The Batman features several of the Dark Knight's most famous adversaries, giving fans their first look at how they came to be the villains we know and love.

Matt Reeves' DC film follows Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) as he comes into contact with Edward Nashton aka the Riddler (Paul Dano), Selina Kyle aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), and Oswald Cobblepot aka Penguin (Colin Farrell).

Of the three of them, the Penguin is the one who is set to receive a breakout show in a similar vein to Peacemaker's move from The Suicide Squad to his eponymous HBO Max show.

Here's how The Batman paves the way for the Penguin's show on HBO's streaming platform.

**Warning this article contains minor spoilers for The Batman**

How Does 'The Batman' Set Up HBO Max's Penguin Spin-Off Show?

Reeves has spoken on his decision to give more focus on Batman's villains in his film, telling IGN in an interview: "The thing about the movie is that it isn't a Batman origin story, but it is an origin story for every rogue's gallery character that you come across. Selina Kyle is not yet Catwoman and The Penguin is not yet the kingpin."

In The Batman, Penguin, who is referred to by both his moniker and his real name, is at the early stages of his criminal career, not quite yet the mob boss he is known to be in the original DC comics.

Cobblepot is the owner of a club named the Iceberg Lounge, which is where he is in charge of a drug dealing operation as part of his role as a lieutenant to Carmine Falcone (John Turturro).

The club is also where Selina works, serving drinks and acting as a go-between for the future kingpin and his drug operation.

Wayne encounters Cobblepot on multiple occasions in the film, both as himself and in the guise of his vigilante alter-ego—though the criminal appears unaware of the link between the two.

The Batman helps establish Penguin's rise to power by setting the stage for his criminal empire to grow, and it sees him start to lean into his villainy by teasing his ruthless ways.

Farrell, for his part, is also very funny in the role, which is something that helps make him stand out from the other rogues and show why he should have his own spin-off, in the same way John Cena's Peacemaker did in The Suicide Squad.

Penguin may not be as prone to violence as Peacemaker but he certainly has the potential to be, and viewers only get a taste of that in The Batman.

According to Variety, the character's HBO Max show will "delve into The Penguin's rise to power in the Gotham criminal underworld."

Farrell has signed on to reprise his role, and he has also taken on the position of executive producer alongside Reeves and The Batman producer Dylan Clark.

The Batman is out in theaters on Friday, March 4.

Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin in "The Batman." The film helps set up the HBO Max show dedicated to the character. 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.