Matt Reeves Says The Batman Prequel Series on HBO Max Has Been Axed

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Update, Tuesday, March 8, at 9:57 a.m.: Long ago, in 2020, The Batman director Matt Reeves announced he and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter were developing a prequel series for HBO Max. It was going to be centered around Gotham City’s police department, which, spoiler alert, is revealed to be mostly either inept or corrupt in Reeves’s Gotham. But according to TVLine, Reeves revealed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that HBO Max has pulled the plug on the show. “So there’s the Gotham police show, which — that one actually is put on hold. We’re not really doing that,” Reeves said on the Monday episode. Had us worried for a second there! When we saw HBO Max was shelving its Batman prequel, we thought that meant the other one, the Colin Ferrell Penguin joint. But we can live with this.

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Given the city’s high-profile masked vigilante superhero, the role of the Gotham police department has always been murky, which is undoubtedly why they are now the focus of an HBO Max police drama. According to Variety, the as-yet-untitled series will take place in the same universe as director Matt Reeves’s The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight.

The show, which already has a series commitment from the streaming service, will be written and co-executive produced by Terence Winter, the Sopranos alum and Boardwalk Empire creator who snagged an Academy Award nomination for writing Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013.

If you’re wondering how this show will differ from that other show about Gotham’s police department, the one that ran on Fox for five seasons up until last year, the new HBO Max series will reportedly build off of The Batman’s “examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City.”

Said Reeves in a statement July 10, 2020, “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.” The Batman is currently set to swoop into theaters on October 1, 2021.

Matt Reeves Says The Batman Prequel Series Has Been Axed