The Colin Farrell-led Max series The Penguin has had its release date delayed ahead of its intended spring 2024 debut.

Deadline has revealed that the show‘s original spring 2024 launch has been pushed back as a result of the WGA and ongoing SAG-AFTRA strikes. Reporting on the Max 2024 Slate Preview, entertainment critic Meghan O’Keefe posted to Twitter stating that The Penguin was indeed delayed and is now set to come out in the fall season of 2024, further confirming that this is the result of this year’s entertainment industry strikes.

Set in the world of the 2022’s The Batman, The Penguin will focus on Oswald Cobblepot’s past and show his rise to power in Gotham’s seedy underbelly rather than portray him as the established kingpin. The character has a rich history of live-action appearances, as Danny DeVito famously played Penguin in Batman Returns while Robin Lord Taylor portrayed him in Gotham.

Who is writing The Penguin?

The limited drama is based on the DC characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. It is being written by Lauren LeFranc, who is also set as the showrunner. The first two episodes will be directed by Craig Zobel. Joining Farrell are Rhenzy Feliz, Cristin Milioti, Michael Zegen, Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Deirdre O’Connell, Clancy Brown, James Madio, Scott Cohen, Francois Chau, Carmen Ejogo, and David H. Holmes. It is also rumored that Robert Pattinson might make an appearance as Bruce Wayne/ Batman.

It is executive produced by The Batman’s Dylan Clark and Matt Reeves, Farrell, LeFranc, Daniel Pipski, Adam Kassanand, and Rafi Crohn. It is a joint project between 6th and Idaho, DC Entertainment, Dylan Clark Productions, and Warner Bros. Television.

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