Colin Farrell has said he "couldn't be more excited" after it was confirmed that he is to reprise his role as The Penguin from the hit movie The Batman in a new spin-off series.

It was announced on Wednesday that the limited series has received the green light from streaming service HBO Max.

Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin in The Batman

Dubliner Farrell has received plaudits for his performance as mobster Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin in the Matt Reeves-directed The Batman, which opened in cinemas last Friday with Robert Pattinson in the lead role.

Farrell will also serve as one of the executive producers on the new series, which has the working title of The Penguin. The series will pick up the story where The Batman leaves off on the big screen.

"The world that Matt Reeves created for The Batman is one that warrants a deeper gaze through the eyes of Oswald Cobblepot," Farrell said in a statement.

Colin Farrell at the world premiere of The Batman in New York on 1 March - "I couldn't be more excited about continuing this exploration of Oz as he rises through the darkened ranks to become The Penguin"

"I couldn't be more excited about continuing this exploration of Oz as he rises through the darkened ranks to become The Penguin.

"[It] Will be good to get him back on the streets of Gotham for a little madness and a little mayhem."

The Batman writer-director Reeves, who will also be an executive producer on the show, said: "Colin exploded off the screen as The Penguin in The Batman, and having the chance to thoroughly explore the inner life of that character on HBO Max is an absolute thrill."

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