The Batman Getting A HBO Max Spin-Off Series From Matt Reeves

by Jay Cochran
July 10, 2020
HBO Max announced today that it has given a series commitment to an original DC drama set in the Gotham City police department from The Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves, Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, The Batman producer Dylan Clark, and Warner Bros. Television. 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.

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’ 6th & Idaho production company will produce the series in association with Warner Bros. Television. Reeves and Emmy® winner/Oscar® nominee Winter (The Sopranos, The Wolf of Wall Street) will executive produce with Clark (Bird Box, Rise, Dawn, and War for Planet of the Apes). The drama, which is based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, will also be executive produced by 6th & Idaho’s Daniel Pipski (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) and Adam Kassan (Tales from the Loop); Rafi Crohn (Tales from the Loop) will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.

Reeves is currently at the helm of Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman, which will be released in October 2021. He previously co-wrote and directed War for the Planet of the Apes, directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, wrote and directed Let Me In, and directed Cloverfield, among other films. Recent 6th & Idaho television series include Amazon Prime Video’s Tales from the Loop, starring Rebecca Hall and Jonathan Pryce; the upcoming Netflix drama Away, starring Hilary Swank; and FOX’s The Passage. Reeves previously co-created (with J.J. Abrams) and executive produced the hit series Felicity, directing the pilot and several additional episodes.

Winter was nominated for 12 Emmy® Awards and won four during his tenure on the landmark HBO drama series The Sopranos, twice for Outstanding Drama Series and twice for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. He created the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, which ran for five seasons and earned Winter two additional Outstanding Drama Series Emmy® nominations. He was nominated for an adapted screenplay Academy Award® for writing the Best Picture–nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese, who had previously helmed the Boardwalk Empire pilot. He and Scorsese subsequently co-created (with Mick Jagger and Rich Cohen) the HBO drama Vinyl.



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elongatedman - 2020-07-14 @ 8:21 am
It's very curious because The Hollywood Reporter says This: "it would deal with police detectives working in the shadow of one very batlike vigilante".
41055_1529445590 - 2020-07-13 @ 12:03 pm
On 7/10/2020 at 4:32 PM, Satam said:

What if they waited to see how the reception to the movie is first?

Typical DC/Warner Bros. Why wait around to see what works. Let's just go all in with our own vision and messageand just understand that it will all work out just fine. Said the fans of the WB DCEU line-up (except Arrow) and Whedon'sJustice League.

andoy24 - 2020-07-12 @ 10:42 am
On 7/11/2020 at 1:56 PM, Belmont13 said:

So now they want to build a Batman universe? OK, seems a bit premature but hey whatever works for them. Also are they replacing the DC streaming service with HBO Max?

I assumed Gothamseries was the Batman Universe?...I hope they do Dark Nights: Metal, something new for the tv screen...It will beinteresting to see "Batman who laughs" come to life

Lord_Scareglow - 2020-07-12 @ 6:08 am
On 7/10/2020 at 5:32 PM, Satam said:

What if they waited to see how the reception to the movie is first?

this was instantly my thought, really why jump the gun, I have my sight beyond sight kicking in saying.... some basura stuff is going to go down if they just start trudging through uncharted waters so quickly... but maybe I'd be wrong... it's hard for me to hold hope, DC just want to try to stay on screen relevant so badly that it's looking desperate, the product takes a loss, the over saturation makes everything uneventful, nothing ties together even when it trys , too many cooks in the kitchen with different visions

calm down DC... the movie might be trash, stop cooking peoples meals before they order the food

Satam - 2020-07-11 @ 9:09 pm
13 minutes ago, Belmont13 said:

That's an interesting idea, I could see that working.

If they're smart, that's what they'll do. But this is Warner Brother's we're talking about...

Belmont13 - 2020-07-11 @ 8:58 pm
48 minutes ago, Satam said:

I could also see them moving all the movies and shows off of the DC Universe app but keep the comics, lower the price, and just keep it around as DC's answer to Marvel Unlimited. Either way, there's definitely no way the app will exist in its current form a year from now.

That's an interesting idea, I could see that working.

Satam - 2020-07-11 @ 8:14 pm
14 minutes ago, Belmont13 said:

I concur that the DC universe app won't last long the way things are going. In this day and age where everyone and their mother are scrambling to have a streaming service and lure people with original content, you need a strong product that appeals to everyone. I personally didn't think they were giving much incentive to subscribe in the first place, especially to the casual audience. When it was first announced, I wondered why they just didn't came up with a WB app where they would offer the DC content along with all of the movies and TV shows that fall under the WB umbrella. I have no doubt they are slowly moving things to HBO Max and edging the DC universe app out.

I could also see them moving all the movies and shows off of the DC Universe app but keep the comics, lower the price, and just keep it around as DC's answer to Marvel Unlimited. Either way, there's definitely no way the app will exist in its current form a year from now.

Belmont13 - 2020-07-11 @ 8:07 pm
14 hours ago, Satam said:

It seems like WB may very well be heading in that direction. Doom Patrol season 2 is premiering simultaneously on both platforms (and of course, season 1 can also be found on both, as well), the first two seasons of the Harley Quinn cartoon will soon be found on HBO Max, and while it's not directly related to HBO Max, the second season of Stargirl will not stream on DC Universe like the first season did. Seems like only a matter of time before the first two seasons of Titans are also on HBO Max, and then we'll see where they announce the third season will premiere (not filming yet, as I understand) and where the fourth season of Young Justice (in production) will go. Renewing Harley Quinn for a third season seems likely as well. They could string things along and put these shows on both platforms or just move them completely to HBO Max and shut down the DC Universe app as soon as they can. I personally don't think DC Universe will exist beyond 2021 if it even lasts beyond 2020.

I concur that the DC universe app won't last long the way things are going. In this day and age where everyone and their mother are scrambling to have a streaming service and lure people with original content, you need a strong product that appeals to everyone. I personally didn't think they were giving much incentive to subscribe in the first place, especially to the casual audience. When it was first announced, I wondered why they just didn't came up with a WB app where they would offer the DC content along with all of the movies and TV shows that fall under the WB umbrella. I have no doubt they are slowly moving things to HBO Max and edging the DC universe app out.

mako - 2020-07-11 @ 12:27 pm
4 hours ago, mikaljones680 said:

This sounds exactly like Fox's Gotham other than Batman is around.

So "Law & Order: DCU" . . . again? Nothing like reinventing the wheel.

mikaljones680 - 2020-07-11 @ 8:12 am
16 hours ago, JayC said:HBO Max announced today that it has given a series commitment to an original DC drama set in the Gotham City police department from The Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves, Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, The Batman producer Dylan Clark, and Warner Bros. Television. 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 pictures 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.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 6th & Idaho production company will produce the series in association with Warner Bros. Television. Reeves and Emmy winner/Oscar nominee Winter (The Sopranos, The Wolf of Wall Street) will executive produce with Clark (Bird Box, Rise, Dawn, and War for Planet of the Apes). The drama, which is based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, will also be executive produced by 6th & Idahos Daniel Pipski (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) and Adam Kassan (Tales from the Loop); Rafi Crohn (Tales from the Loop) will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.Reeves is currently at the helm of Warner Bros. Pictures The Batman, which will be released in October 2021. He previously co-wrote and directed War for the Planet of the Apes, directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, wrote and directed Let Me In, and directed Cloverfield, among other films. Recent 6th & Idaho television series include Amazon Prime Videos Tales from the Loop of cyberpunk clothing, starring Rebecca Hall and Jonathan Pryce; the upcoming Netflix drama Away, starring Hilary Swank; and here FOXs The Passage. Reeves previously co-created (with J.J. Abrams) and executive produced the hit series Felicity, directing the pilot and several additional episodes.Winter was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and won four during his tenure on the landmark HBO drama series The Sopranos, twice for Outstanding Drama Series and twice for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. He created the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, which ran for five seasons and earned Winter two additional Outstanding Drama Series Emmy nominations.He was nominated for an adapted screenplay Academy Award for writing the Best Picturenominated film The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese, who had previously helmed the Boardwalk Empire pilot. He and Scorsese subsequently co-created (with Mick Jagger and Rich Cohen) the HBO drama Vinyl.

This sounds exactly like Fox's Gotham other than Batman is around.

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