Colin Farrell reveals more about The Penguin series after he argued to smoke a cigar in The Batman

Colin Farrell reveals more about The Penguin spin-off series for HBO Max… after saying he ‘fought valiantly’ to smoke a cigar in The Batman










Colin Farrell teased more information about his upcoming spin-off series The Penguin.

The actor, 45, discussed the series during an interview with Entertainment Tonight in anticipation of The Batman.

The Penguin will focus on the eponymous Batman rogue, also known as Oswald Cobblepot.

Discussing a new series: Colin Farrell teased more information about his upcoming spin-off series The Penguin (pictured 2019)

During the interview, Farrell said the series, which was announced late last year, is very early in the development process.

‘We have to get into what made him the man he is. And also, it will pick up where this film finished off I think,’ the star said. ‘I think it’ll pick up a little short time after the last frame of this film We’ll get to go on a little kind of left turn off to the world of Oz and how he’s beginning to kind of dream of filling a potential power vacuum that may exist.’

The Saving Mr. Banks star couldn’t reveal many details about the story or the plot, but he did share his special affinity for the character.

Farrell's new character: The Penguin will focus on the eponymous Batman rogue, also known as Oswald Cobblepot (pictured in character)

Farrell’s new character: The Penguin will focus on the eponymous Batman rogue, also known as Oswald Cobblepot (pictured in character)

Transformation: Farrell is virtually unrecognizable as The Penguin, thanks to extensive prosthetics and makeup applied by The Batman's lead makeup artist Mike Marino

Fighting hard: Farrell's interview with Entertainment Tonight came just days after he revealed he wanted to show The Penguin's smoking habit in The Batman, but the studio shot it down

Transformation: Farrell is virtually unrecognizable as The Penguin, thanks to extensive prosthetics and makeup applied by The Batman’s lead makeup artist Mike Marino

‘It’s a lovely, lovely character, and explores vulnerabilities,’ he said. ‘His violence is apparent, his profit for violence and his ability to use it as a tool is apparent, but to see we all have soft spots. Every single person. And to be able to find that location, dig around it would be fun.’

Farrell’s interview with Entertainment Tonight came just days after he revealed he wanted to show The Penguin’s smoking habit in The Batman, but the studio shot it down.

In a new interview for Jake’s Takes, the Irish actor revealed he made a case for Penguin to appear with his typical top hat, monocle, and cigarette.

‘I fought valiantly for a cigar,’ he said, but ultimately the studio ruled against it.

Classic look: The Irish actor revealed he made a case for Penguin to appear with his typical top hat, monocle, and cigarette (Burgess Meredith pictured from the 1960s Batman television show)

Classic look: The Irish actor revealed he made a case for Penguin to appear with his typical top hat, monocle, and cigarette (Burgess Meredith pictured from the 1960s Batman television show)

Not buying it: Farrell said he didn't believe 'a bunch of 12-year-olds are going to start smoking Cuban cigars because [the Penguin is smoking cigars in a movie]' (pictured 2019)

Not buying it: Farrell said he didn’t believe ‘a bunch of 12-year-olds are going to start smoking Cuban cigars because [the Penguin is smoking cigars in a movie]’ (pictured 2019)

‘Big studios make big decisions around such things as the presence of cigarettes in films,’ he explained.

He continued, ‘I fought valiantly for a cigar. At one stage I said, ‘I can have it unlit! Just let me have it unlit.”

‘They were like, ‘No.’ [As if] a bunch of 12-year-olds are going to start smoking Cuban cigars because [the Penguin is smoking cigars in a movie],’ Farrell remarked.

The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, and co-starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz and Paul Dano, is set for a theatrical release on March 4.

New film coming soon: The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, and co-starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz and Paul Dano, is set for a theatrical release on March 4 (Pattinson and Kravitz pictured)

New film coming soon: The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, and co-starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz and Paul Dano, is set for a theatrical release on March 4 (Pattinson and Kravitz pictured)

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