When the Penguin spinoff starring Colin Farrell was announced, a rumor was going around that Robert Pattinson would be reprising his role as Batman for at least one episode. Hopes were dashed when a rumor came around that there was a legal rights issue that would prevent Pattinson from making a guest appearance; but this was all cleared out by DC co-head James Gunn.
Replying to a post about the rumor on Twitter, Gunn confirms that there isn’t a rights issue when it comes to Batman appearing in The Penguin:
This is not true. 🙏
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 15, 2023
With WB seemingly taking every precaution they can with the character, fans weren’t expecting him to have a large role in the series. If anything, a Bruce Wayne cameo would seem to have perfectly sufficed.
Take not, just because Gunn confirmed that there wasn’t any legal issue, doesn’t mean that Pattinson could show up in the series as well. Though it would be great to have some kind of update on his Batman before the release of the second film, I think his appearance in the show could distract from the story of the main character, which is supposed to be Oz Cobblepot.
Until the series comes out, we’ll just have to wait and see. For now, production was said to have already begun, and we have Penguin sharing scenes with whoever is left of the Falcone crime family. I’m just hoping we get to see more of Gotham’s underworld if Batman isn’t going to be showing up.
No release date has been set for the Penguin series on HBO Max.