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'a little madness' Colin Farrell shares his excitement as The Batman spin-off series gets green light

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

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Colin Farrell is unrecognisable as The Penguin (Warner Bros)

Colin Farrell is unrecognisable as The Penguin (Warner Bros)

Colin Farrell is unrecognisable as The Penguin (Warner Bros)

Colin Farrell has shared his excitement after it was confirmed that he will reprise his role as The Penguin in a spin-off to hit film The Batman.

On Wednesday, streaming service HBO Max confirmed that the limited series was given the green light.

In a statement, the Dubliner said: “The world that Matt Reeves created for The Batman is one that warrants a deeper gaze through the eyes of Oswald Cobblepot.”

"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 actor was praised for his performance of mobster Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, in the new Batman film directed by Matt Reeves.

“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,” Reeves said.

Colin Farrell will also serve as an executive producer of the show which picks up where The Batman left off on the big screen.

The movie stars Robert Pattison as Batman, with up-and-coming Hollywood star Barry Keoghan credited as “Unseen Arkham Prisoner.”

Keoghan’s credit in the film has left fans speculating that he could be set to play the Joker in a follow-up film.

Farrell recently praised his fellow Dubliner in an interview on RTE 2FM.

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Colin Farrell & Barry Keoghan (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )

Colin Farrell & Barry Keoghan (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )

Colin Farrell & Barry Keoghan (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )

“I love Barry, and I just think he’s a cracking young fella…”

“He’s magic, he’s just a cracking young man and I just wish him the best, apart from being an extraordinary actor, there’s a lot of extraordinary actors in the world and Barry is one of them.”

“But he’s an extraordinary human being and I just have such hopes for him and the meaning and peace of mind and sense of adventure that he will be able to live in for the rest of his days,” he said.

“I love him to bits.”

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