Robert Pattinson’s Batman Movie Getting TV Show Spinoff About Gotham PD

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The Batman director Matt Reeves is developing a TV show spinoff for HBO Max that focuses on the Gotham PD from Robert Pattinson's franchise.




Matt Reeves' The Batman is getting a TV show spinoff focused on the Gotham PD. After Ben Affleck's exit from the DC Extended Universe, Reeves has been given complete freedom to craft a new take on the Dark Knight. His upcoming movie stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, in what should be the start of a multiple-film run for him in the suit.

Although plot details on The Batman are slim, Reeves' plans to create a rich and fully-realized Batman universe is clear. It has already been teased that he has plans for a trilogy of films, and the first one alone will introduce multiple characters from the Batman mythos. Jeffrey Wright will play Commissioner Gordon, Zoe Kravitz will be Catwoman, and several villains will appear too, ranging from Paul Dano's Riddler to Colin Farrell's Penguin. Now, Reeves' expansive plans for The Batman are becoming even more clear.




HBO Max officially announced today that Reeves is developing a TV show spinoff for The Batman that will be about the Gotham PD. Reeves is producing the new series, which has Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter attached to write and executive produce the show. The show has received a full series commitment by HBO Max and is confirmed to take place in the same universe as The Batman. Reeves issued the following statement about the announcement:

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 announcement of The Batman spinoff marks the first confirmed expansion of Reeves' Batman universe. However, it is not yet clear just how connected the show will be. With Gotham PD being the focus, the return Jeffrey Wright's Commissioner Gordon makes sense. He has not yet been confirmed to return for the HBO Max series, and so far there is no word on whether Pattinson will make an appearance either. Instead, the series could be a chance for other characters, like Peter Sarsgaard's Gotham DA Gil Colson, to appear and get a bigger role as the underbelly of Gotham crime is explored.

As exciting as this news will be for many, it remains to be seen when the series will be released. If development is only just now beginning, it could still be a few years before it is streaming on HBO Max. The safe bet is that it won't come out until after The Batman hits theaters in October 2021, and it could then help tide fans over as they wait for a sequel. Although the announcement of the series could be the only information given about the series for some time, perhaps DC FanDome will feature some more early developments about the series.




Source: HBO Max
 

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The Batman Movie Is Launching Its Own Film & TV Universe



Warner Bros' The Batman movie spinoff on HBO Max is officially launching a new Batman universe. When the DC Extended Universe launched properly, bringing Ben Affleck into the fold as Bruce Wayne aka Batman, a solo movie about the Dark Knight was planned. However, when Affleck stepped away from writing and directing duties, Matt Reeves was set to replace him. Then Reeves cast Robert Pattinson as Batman, effectively severing the movie's real ties to the DCEU. This was further indicated when Jeffrey Wright was cast as Police Commissioner Jim Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, since those roles in the DCEU were portrayed by J.K. Simmons and Jeremy Irons.

For its part, The Batman is introducing a whole slew of DC Comics characters, not just Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon and Alfred. Zoe Kravitz is playing Batman's sometimes-ally, sometimes-foe Catwoman while villains Penguin, The Riddler and Carmine Falcone will be portrayed by Colin Farrell, Paul Dano and John Turturro, respectively. Now, with the news of Reeves developing a Batman TV show for HBO Max, it seems Warner Bros. is determined to build out a full shared universe - and the studio confirmed as much in the annoucement.



In the official announcement of The Batman TV show about Gotham PD, it's stated the series is "ultimately launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms." Although there are no other movies or TV shows confirmed to follow The Batman and the new Gotham police procedural TV show, this statement seems to indicate Warner Bros. has plans for a larger Batman shared universe across both film and television.



Considering the number of Batman-related characters in the DC Comics, there's more than enough material to mine for a full-blown Batman shared universe entirely separate to the DCEU. Batman-related heroes - including Batgirl, Batwoman, Nightwing, Robin etc. - could be perfect for their own spinoffs, though certain iterations of these characters already lead TV shows or are the center of upcoming film projects. And that doesn't even begin to cover villain-led spinoffs, which could focus on Kravitz's Catwoman or other villains from The Batman, the Gotham PD TV show or the comics. All that's to say that if Warner Bros. wants to establish and develop a shared universe of movies and TV shows based on just Batman characters, that's more than possible with the wealth of heroes and villains from the comics.

Further, if Warner Bros. did want to connect this Batman universe to the DCEU proper, they could use The Flash movie to do so, since it's reported to introduce the multiverse to the films. The CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths already confirmed the DCEU is one universe in a larger DC multiverse that includes most DC movies and TV shows. All Warner Bros. has to do is establish The Batman and its spinoffs as being set in another universe within the multiverse to eliminate any confusion among viewers - and they'd get the benefit of connecting the two franchises. That said, Batman IP is strong enough to build into a successful universe by itself, so even if this franchise exists entirely separate from the DCEU, it's likely to be a hit. Based on the spinoff getting the green light, Warner Bros. is already confident in its burgeoning The Batman universe.




Source: HBO Max
 
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