'Batman' to get new spinoff police TV series

Lawrence Kim
July 11, 2020

The Batman may still be more than a year from release, but Warner Bros.is already keen on expanding this new incarnation of the franchise.

Holy spin-off, Batman! Matt Reeves, who's directing Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader in his DC Comics-based The Batman, is now developing a TV series that will expand the world of the upcoming superhero movie.

Max and Matt Reeves - the man behind THE BATMAN on the big screen - are teaming up to develop a police procedural series set in Gotham City.

Reeves said the TV series was "an awesome 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".

The project comes on the heels of Reeves' overall deal with the Warner Bros. Max announced Friday that it has given Reeves a commitment for a new streaming series focused on the Gotham City Police Department, set in the same universe as the upcoming film starring Robert Pattinson in the title role.

Although the release doesn't mention it, the description sounds a lot like Gotham Central, the terrific comics series written by The Old Guard's Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker, who created the Winter Soldier in the pages of Captain America for Marvel. 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, ' said HBO Max exec Kevin Reilly.

However, the announcement from HBO Max emphasized that this will be an extension of the feature film, "ultimately launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms".

While the series will 'extend the world established in the movie and further explore the myriad of complex characters of Gotham, ' it is unclear if Batman will be among the cast. Its production was halted in March earlier this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Now expected to hit theaters in October 2021, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson (pictured above) in the title role, along with Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, among others.

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