During an interview with VARIETY, HBO Max’s Sarah Aubrey explains exactly where and how THE PENGUIN series fits in THE BATMAN UNIVERSE. We already knew it was set right after the events of THE BATMAN, but how far away is it from the upcoming sequel? She explains…
THE PENGUIN will sit immediately after the end of THE BATMAN and temporally before the events of the second movie. The show will come out in between the two movies. Now beyond that, it’s fun for the audience to know that it will be a bridge between the two, but the actual release date, I’m not at liberty to say.
The goal of this is to show what Oz’s life is like and that’s very much in the streets of Gotham, trying to get up and over as only The Penguin can. As a hustler and a strategist with his own ambitions. It is a great example of having the time over eight episodes to tell a longer-arc character story with a lot of delicious twists and turns and new characters. It’s very much going to be about Gotham at that street level, because he’s not flying around like Batman does. We are all embracing that as a very specific experience for audiences to have.
It’ll be interesting to see what the time jump will be between THE BATMAN and the sequel. If I had to guess, a little bit of time will have passed between the two films and The Batman (Robert Pattinson) will be more experienced and established.
As far as when THE PENGUIN and THE BATMAN 2 come out, I’d guess the former will air on HBO Max sometime late 2023/early 2024 and the former hits theaters Spring/Summer 2025. – Bill “Jett” Ramey
(Thanks to BOF’s Peter Verra for the heads up!)