‘The Batman’ Universe Series Heading to HBO Max

Warner Bros.

Batman fans, take note: Not only do we have upcoming DC film The Batman to look forward to, there’s now also a companion series in the works.

HBO Max has announced that it has given a series commitment order to a show set to extend the world established in the upcoming Batman movie from filmmaker Matt Reeves. On board to write the series is Terence Winter, creator of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and writer of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.

The still-untitled show will surround the Gotham City police department, looking at the corruption of the city and further exploring Gotham’s myriad of complex characters. HBO Max says it will be “ultimately launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms”, although there’s no official word on whether the Caped Crusader himself will be a part of the series. Robert Pattinson will be playing the Dark Knight in the upcoming film, which will also have Jeffrey Wright playing Gotham cop James Gordon.

“This is an amazing opportunity,” Reeves said in a statement, “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.”

While there aren’t any plot details to go on, THR reports that “some have been calling it Gotham Central, harkening back to the police procedural comic from writers Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka, and GCPD.” Of course, it brings to mind Fox series Gotham, which tackled a police procedural with Ben McKenzie playing James Gordon.

The Batman is currently scheduled to hit Australian cinemas on September 30, 2021 and U.S cinemas on October 1, 2021.

Warner Bros. Pictures / Matt Reeves


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