This afternoon brought the surprise news that a second TV series spinoff from Matt Reeves’ upcoming movie The Batman is on the way. In addition to the previously announced Gotham PD TV series, which will reportedly bring back Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, and now another show is in the works that will focus on Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin. In the initial report from Variety it was revealed the series will follow “Penguin’s rise to power in Gotham’s criminal underworld.” Hearing this news however had fans of the FOX TV series Gotham immediately up in arms though as their love for that show knows no bounds.
Played by actor Robin Lord Taylor across the five seasons of the Batman-prequel series, that version of the Penguin quickly became a fan-favorite as the series aired (and in the time since it has been finished). One could argue, as you’ll see below from the reactions we collected, that at a certain point Gotham became a show about the Penguin beyond simply setting up the world of Gotham City for when Bruce Wayne would become Batman. Suffice to say, news of a TV show about The Penguin and not one focusing on Taylor’s version has some fans ready for a boycott.
For those still interested, Agents of SHIELD and Impulse writer Lauren LeFranc is attached to write the script for the Penguin series. Matt Reeves, who is directing and co-writing The Batman, will executive produce alongside The Batman producer Dylan Clark.
The Batman will be released in theaters on March 4, 2022.
What’s the point?
Penguin spin off could be cool
GCPD spin off could be cool
But we already had both of these in the Gotham show so what’s the point?????
— Ollie🏹 (@NegativeArrow_) September 13, 2021
im legit alienated or something
honey i watched the gotham show for penguin and the riddler…and i don’t care for the spin-off idea…i dont think i will hate that version in the batman or anything…it’s just…im legit alienated or something
— MekareMadness⭐🐷🔪 spitting venom era (@MekareMadness) September 13, 2021
Gotham developed him perfectly
The Penguin was the worst Batman villain until one of the best things Gotham did was make Penguin a centerpiece, and developed him perfectly. Please don’t regress. Just cancel this while you’re ahead and make the Batman origin story we’ve all been waiting for. https://t.co/Q0ZYmqWxFd
— David Rosenblatt (@SirSquinty) September 13, 2021
seems like a rehash
Haven’t we seen penguin’s rise to power in another show called Gotham?!? Why are the remaking that! Lazy. And what’s the point of making Farrell unrecognisable! Stg this entire project just seems like a rehash of previous superior ones. Walter Hamada sucks ass at world building.
— Patrick Bateman (@heypaul96) September 13, 2021
Use Robin Lord Taylor for flashbacks
Go all out and use Robin Lord Taylor for flashbacks in the Colin Farrell Penguin tv series.
— MH (@DapperSteve) September 13, 2021