It looks like the world of The Batman is set to expand beyond that of the cinema screen.
The as of yet untitled drama series will be set in the same universe as The Batman directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson. Reeves is working with HBO Max to develop the series. The show is a police drama series set in Reeves’ version of Gotham City.
The series has also gained a television heavyweight. Emmy winner Terence Winter, who created the acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire and also contributed to The Sopranos is onboard to write and executive produce the new series. The series will also be overseen by The Batman producer Dylan Clark and Warner Bros. Television.
HBO Max explained about the show’s connection to Reeves’ movie:
“[The series will be] 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.”
Whether or not this means the show will include characters from the movie is yet to be seen. Appearances from Pattinson’s Caped Crusader and Jeffrey Wright’s Commissioner James Gordon would make huge sense, however.
Reeves recently made a deal with Warner Bros TV and this appears to be the first project to be born from the arrangement. 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.”
The series title is already rumored to be Gotham Central; an apparent callback to the comic book series by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka. It is also going to draw very obvious comparisons to the recent TV series, Gotham. Gotham ran for an impressive six years, ending back in 2019. But the team behind this new show are confident it will stand on its own.
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Kevin Reilly, chief content officer for HBO Max explained:
“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.”
Production on The Batman is soon to get back underway in the UK. It had been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter