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The Penguin: Cristin Milioti to Lead The Batman Spin-Off With Colin Farrell

According to Deadline, Palm Springs star Cristin Milioti has officially signed on for the female lead opposite Colin Farrell in HBO Max’s upcoming The Batman spin-off series The Penguin. This marks Milioti’s latest collaboration with the streamer following the sci-fi dramedy Made For Love.

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Milioti is set to portray the role of Carmine Falcone’s daughter, Sofia Falcone, who will be challenging Farrell’s titular DC villain for the control of Gotham City. The character was previously played by Teen Wolf alum Crystal Reed in Fox’s superhero crime drama Gotham.

Set in the world of the 2022’s The Batman, the HBO Max series 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.

The limited drama will be 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.

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The upcoming The Penguin series will be 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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