HBO Max launched just over a month ago and although they still don’t have much in the way of original content yet, we are starting to get a better sense of the vision that Warner Brothers has for this streaming service. In particular, they are making it very clear that their DC properties are going to be an important part of their offerings. It was previously announced that they are developing TV series based on Green Lantern, Strange Adventures and Justice League Dark, and of course, the Zack Snyder cut of the Justice League movie is coming as well. The latest announcement is adding to that list: a spin-off series focusing on the Gotham City police department that is directly tied to the upcoming DC movie The Batman. Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter is attached to write the show. The Batman director Matt Reeves had this to say about the project:
“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 show is set 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.” It is unclear at this time whether any actors from the movie are expected to appear on the show and to what extent (Jeffrey Wright, who plays Commissioner Gordon in the movie, seems the most likely to cross over). Either way, the big question here seems to be how this will differ from the previous Fox series Gotham and whether it will draw inspiration from the Gotham Central comic series by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka. Are you looking forward to a new Batman spin-off series?