Matt Reeves, the filmmaker who is directing the new Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson, has teamed up with HBO Max, to work on a TV series set in the caped crusader’s hometown.
Move over, ‘Gotham’! HBO Max is committing to create a new DC television series based on filmmaker Matt Reeves’ upcoming film, ‘The Batman’. The show will build on the film’s examination of the corruption that takes place in Gotham City.
- How is the spin-off different from Fox’s ‘Gotham’?
- Will the spin-off series have Pattinson play Batman?
- How will the world of crime and corruption come to life according to the creators
The new spinoff series is just one of the many DC Comics originals that have been queueing up to make their way to HBO Max. The streaming network has announced that this is just one of the many shows, which includes ‘Green Lantern’, ‘Justice League Dark’, and Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’, that are set to premiere sometime next year.
Whether the series will adapt resources from the comic-books or take an original route, we’ll find out soon enough. For now, let’s look at how the series will stand out from ‘Gotham’ and whether Pattinson will make an appearance!
How the spin-off is different from Fox’s ‘Gotham’
Fox’s TV series ‘Gotham’ primarily focused on the functioning of the Gotham City Police Department (GCPD) navigating through the eyes of Detective Jim Gordon. The show was a prequel, set in a pre-Batman era where Bruce (played by David Mazouz) was just a young kid, dealing with the aftermath of the death of his parents.
‘Gotham’ depicted how Bruce eventually grew up to be Batman and showcases his struggles and the challenges he faced while growing up. But the focus soon shifted to his transformation into Batman, rather than diving deeper into the workings of the GCPD, which it was supposed to explore originally.
The new HBO Max Batman series, like ‘Gotham’, is set in the caped crusaders’ hometown, but, in terms of relevance, is closer to the Gotham Central comic-book series, and will place emphasis on police officers dealing with the city’s corruption and not just fancy-schmancy vigilantes.
According to the team at HBO Max, the new series will be set in the same world that Reeves is creating for his 2021 film, ‘The Batman’. But this series in particular, as reported by “Deadline”, promises to “build upon the motion picture’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City” and “further explore the myriad of compelling and complex characters of Gotham” with the goal of launching a “new Batman universe across multiple platforms”.
Will the spin-off series have Pattinson play Batman?
We can only hope that it doesn’t. The network wants to build the story in and around the GCPD and not around Batman’s story-arc, and it would take away from the narrative entirely if Robert Pattinson made an appearance as Batman.
We’ve seen it all – the origin story, the aftermath, and everything that came in between. The new series needs to be more than that. It would be more appealing to fans if they got an opportunity to explore Gotham as a city more than one that needs constant saving by the hooded hero of the night.
A Bat-free zone would also allow the showrunners to bring the city’s chaotic atmosphere to light, and focus on the GCPD fighting criminals who aren’t all wreaking havoc with their obnoxious, supervillain shenanigans. Fans want to see a layered side to Gotham and can only hope it is what they get!
How will the world of crime and corruption come to life according to the creators?
One can foresee an incredible television series on its way when the team behind the show is a stellar one. Joining Matt Reeves’ vision on the team for the HBO Max Batman production is Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, ‘The Batman’ producer Dylan Clark, and Warner Bros. Television.
In a statement posted by “IndieWire”, Director Reeves discussed expanding the universe of his upcoming film, ‘The Batman’, working with writer Terrence Winter, and more about how the team will bring Gotham city to the viewers in a different light.
“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 long-form 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.”
“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, the chief content officer for HBO Max.
There isn’t a release date yet for the upcoming Gotham HBO Max series, but Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ is scheduled to make a theatrical release in October, next year!
While Fox’s ‘Gotham’ series had a successful run, viewers did feel that the series was missing something. Perhaps a little more focus on the setting and not just the hero who dons a cape? Tell us what you think about the show’s concept and what you expect from it in the comments box below!