“The Penguin” Trailer Reveals Colin Farrell’s Crime Lord Scheming for Control of Gotham

“Can you imagine? To be remembered like that?”

These are the musings of Oswald Cobblepot (Colin Farrell), also known by his unbeatable gangster nickname, The Penguin, in the official trailer for the upcoming Max series of the same name. Oswald is talking about a gangster he knew when he was growing up, a guy so respected, even beloved, that they threw a parade in his honor when he died. It’s safe to say the kind of life Oswald has led likely won’t lead to any parades when he waddles his last, but a guy’s gotta dream.

Farrell returns to play the rotund demigod of the Gotham underworld, a role he deeply inhabited and one of the many wonderful surprises nested in writer/director Matt Reeves’s excellent The Batman. The Penguin will follow Gotham’s rising crime king after the events depicted in The Batman, in which the Penguin managed to keep his head and some of his power, while Gotham’s undisputed mob boss Carmine Falcone (John Turturro) got capped by the Riddler (Paul Dano). 

Things won’t be easy, however, for Oswald’s push to control the Gotham underworld. There’s a power vacuum now in the aftermath of Carmine Falcone’s death, and the next king or queen of these mean streets will have to be more than tough and even more than smart—they’ll also have to be a little lucky. Oswald Cobblepot is probably a decent bet in this regard.

Joining Farrell is Cristin Milioti as Sofia Falcone, Clancy Brown as Salvatore Maroni, and a slew of great performers like Carmen Ejogo, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Michael Kelly. 

Check out the teaser trailer here. The Penguin arrives on HBO Max this fall:

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Featured image: Colin Farrell. Photograph by Macall Polay/Max


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