HBO Max is readying yet another addition to the collection of spin-off shows in the Batman franchise. It doesn’t have a title yet, but Friday’s announcement from the streamer describes it as “an original DC drama set in the Gotham City police department”, set in the same universe as the upcoming film, The Batman, from director Matt Reeves.
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. This marks the first television project for Reeves under his recently announced overall deal with the Warner Bros. Television Group.
Reeves is already showing some promise with several stills already making the rounds on line from the upcoming film, which is currently due October 1, 2021 from Warner Bros. Pictures. There’s no talk yet as to how this will affect any concurrent developments there may be with actor Michael Keaton, or anything pertaining to what’s been spanwed in the rumor mill for Ben Affleck, whose own incarnation of the caped crusader will make its return in a director’s cut of Justice League from Zack Snyder next year.
Matt Reeves said, “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 Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream.”
“We are so fortunate to have such great partners in Matt, Dylan, and Terry and unprecedented access to a wealth of IP from our partners at Warner Bros. and DC,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max.
“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,” added Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max, president TNT, TBS, and TruTV.
Reeves’ is producing the series via his 6th & Idaho production banner in association with Warner Bros. Television. Exec producing are Dylan Clark, and Terence Winter – the latter who earned multiple Emmy nominations for his work on The Sopranos – as well as 6th & Idaho’s Daniel Pipski (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) and Adam Kassan (Tales from the Loop), with Rafi Crohn (Tales from the Loop) co-executive producing. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.