Colin Farrell Comments on the Upcoming ‘The Penguin’ Show: “It’s Incredibly Violent”

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There are plenty of DC-based projects currently in development, and while all eyes are on Gunn’s DCU and his upcoming ‘Creature Commandos’ & ‘Superman’ we occasionally forget that Elseworlds, which ‘The Batman’ film series and several other upcoming projects are a part of, are doing their own thing. The next big thing is ‘The Penguin’ live-action series.

Last week the teaser for ‘The Penguin’ dropped. The show takes place one week after the events of ‘The Batman’ and will closely follow Cobblepot’s rise to power in Gotham. Colin Farrell is returning to the role of ‘The Penguin’ – the role for which he was highly praised. Now in the latest interview, Colin Farrell commented on what the fans can expect from the upcoming show, and it doesn’t sound pretty at all.

We wrapped it, man. We did it. Stuck a fork in it about two weeks ago. It was a long and really wonderful experience. And it’s dark, that’s what I can tell you about it. It’s really dark, and really heavy, I think, certainly it was doing it. Which is not to say I didn’t have fun. I had an amazing time. But it’s incredibly violent.

Farrell explained that following Carmine Falcone’s demise, The Penguin looked for twisted ways to fill that power vacuum and rise to power. Knowing his character in the comics, we can prepare for a lot:

It’s one man’s rise to what he’s always dreamed of inhabiting, which is a certain power or social status. And the death of Carmine Falcone at the end of the film leaves this vacuum in Gotham to be filled. And so there are various people that are grabbing for that power and this is Oswald’s journey, trying to rise to the top, through extraordinary obstacles and it’s super dark. Lauren LeFranc wrote a really twisted eight hours of television.

‘The Penguin’ is led by executive producer and showrunner Lauren LeFranc, known for her work on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Matt Reeves, will also executive produce through his company 6th & Idaho. Craig Zobel, known for ‘Mare of Easttown,’ directed the first three episodes.

The upcoming series sees Cristin Milioti as Sofia Falcone, Carmine’s daughter, who challenges Cobblepot for control of Gotham’s criminal underworld. Clancy Brown portrays Salvatore Maroni, a mob boss, and Michael Zegen appears as Alberto Falcone, Carmine’s son. Other cast members in undisclosed roles include Rhenzy Feliz, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Deirdre O’Connell. The show is set to be released this fall but no release date has been revealed.

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