Matt Reeves says Gotham PD collection on maintain at HBO Max, teases Scarface-inspired ‘Penguin’ present

For the previous couple of years, Warner Bros. has more and more emphasised the potential synchronicity between its DC Comics-based superhero movies and the HBO Max streaming service. It is how we wound up with Peacemaker, in addition to still-developing reveals like Inexperienced Lantern Corps and never one, however two spinoff concepts primarily based on The Batman. However apparently, at the very least for now, we’ll must make do with only one. 

In a brand new episode of the Glad Unhappy Confused podcast, The Batman director Matt Reeves advised host Josh Horowitz that the primary introduced spinoff from the movie, a nonetheless formally untitled present centered on the Gotham Metropolis Police Division, is now “on maintain” on the streaming service.

“One factor that we’re not doing that I used to be gonna do — so there’s the Gotham police present, which, that one truly is placed on maintain,” Reeves mentioned. “We’re not likely doing that.”

Reeves went on to elucidate a few of the story concepts that went into the present, which was first introduced again in the summertime of 2020 within the lead-up to The Batman‘s unique deliberate 2021 launch. Apparently, the present would have explored extra of the early days of Batman’s crime-fighting profession, via the eyes of 1 explicit Gotham police officer, who wasn’t essentially a hero. 

“The collection was going to be type of like Prince of the Metropolis, the place it was going to be 12 months one,” Reeves mentioned. “As a result of the film is 12 months two, and I wished it to be the primary look. But it surely wasn’t going to be a Batman story, it was going to be about this corrupt cop. And it was going to be about how the worst gang in Gotham have been the GCPD. And [Bruce] was going to return throughout paths, he would have touched paths with Gordon who would have been — it will have been somebody to measure him towards. However it will be a battle for his soul.”

A collection that may have helped arrange a few of the earliest conferences between Batman and Jim Gordon, and established the best way through which Batman views Gordon versus different members of the GCPD, seems like an interesting exploration of Gotham crime politics. Sadly, it appears Warner Bros. ultimately wished to step again from the thought, at the very least in its present type. 

“It’s tremendous cool to me. They usually didn’t not like the thought,” he defined. “They simply wished it to be, they wished to middle a present on a personality who was extra — I get it. And so I used to be like, OK. So possibly sometime we’ll do this present.”

However in fact, the GCPD collection wasn’t the one concept Reeves had up his sleeve after crafting The Batman‘s story. There’s additionally potential for an Arkham Asylum-inspired spinoff, in addition to an already creating Penguin collection centered on the rise of Oswald Cobblepot (Colin Farrell). This is how Reeves described the meat of that present, which he mentioned the studio was instantly “very excited” about:

“I believed that there was a narrative within the wake of what occurs on the finish of this story, the place there is a energy vacuum. And that is why, proper now, you see Oz on the finish of the film looking over the town, standing in Falcone’s workplace, and pondering ‘OK.’ The thought there was that he has been underestimated by everybody, however he is aware of. So I mentioned ‘I kinda see like an American Dream, Scarface Gotham story. Like Tony Montana, nobody thinks this man might be something, and he has a brutal want to show everybody flawed.'”

The Penguin collection doesn’t but have a launch date, however watching Farrell’s conception of the budding kingpin as he takes middle stage appears like one thing filled with potential. As for that GCPD collection, maybe Reeves and firm will ultimately discover one other approach in, significantly now that The Batman has struck field workplace gold. 

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