The Batman Spinoff Ordered For HBO Max

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The Batman is still little more than a twinkle in the eye of Warner Bros., yet director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, War For The Planet Of The Apes) is already developing a spinoff series for HBO Max, reports.

The Gotham PD series will be firmly rooted in the world Reeves is creating for the reboot movie, due out next October.

The series will, like the movie, focus heavily on the corruption rife in Gotham City. Just as well, then that Reeves’ co-overseer on the project is Terrence Winter, the man responsible for hit shows like Boardwalk Empire, and much of The Sopranos. Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Winter’s tried and tested record of shows full of crime and corruption bodes well for the series.

The Warner Bros. press release said that “The groundbreaking television series to be written by Winter is set in the world Reeves is creating for The Batman feature film and will build upon the motion picture’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City, ultimately launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms. The series provides an unprecedented opportunity to extend the world established in the movie and further explore the myriad of compelling and complex characters of Gotham.”

Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max, added, “Our collaboration with Warner Bros. and DC allows us to elaborate and grow fan connections across these powerful brands for years to come. This is Batman as most audiences have never seen before and we know fans will want to spend more time in this new world inspired by the film.”

Reeves himself commented through Warner Bros: “This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a longform format can afford – and getting to work with the incredibly talented Terrence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream.”

The Batman is due to open in October 2021, but no details about proposed release dates of the spinoff have been released yet.

Carolyn Hucker