The Batman had a great launch weekend in Singapore and around the world. Movie-goers loved the new Caped Crusader (we did!). But not everything is going well in Gotham City. For one, its spin-off drama series on HBO Max has been put on hold indefinitely. Instead, fans can look forward to a haunted house series focused on Arkham Asylum.
“One thing that we’re not doing that I was gonna do… So, there’s the Gotham police show, which, that one actually is put on hold. We’re not really doing that,” said director Matt Reeves on the Happy, Sad, Confused podcast.
“The GCDP thing, that story has kind of evolved. We’ve actually now [moved] more into the realm of exactly what would happen in the world of Arkham as it relates coming off of our movie, and some of the characters, again in their origins […] It’s like a horror movie or a haunted house that is Arkham.”
The Gotham P.D. series was meant to be a prequel to The Batman, with a story based around the corrupt cops of the Gotham City Police Department.
“Again, the way that Gotham is a character in the movie, I really want Arkham to exist as a character so that you go into this environment and encounter these characters in a way that feels really fresh. And so in our work on Gotham, that story started to evolve, and it started feeling like, ‘Wait, we should really lean into this.’ And that’s kind of where that’s gone,” said Reeves.
Whether or not the series will finally reveal the mysterious fourth villain or see Jeffrey Wright return as Jim Gordon remains to be seen. That said, the spin-off on the rise of the Penguin, starring Colin Farrell is still on track.
Outside of the Batverse, DC fans still have plenty to look forward to. James Gunn’s Peacemaker, with John Cena playing the namesake, is getting a second season after an extremely successful season one. Another spin-off of Peacemaker, which itself was a spin-off of The Suicide Squad, is in development too.
The Batman is now showing in cinemas. The movie stars Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Farrell as Penguin, Wright as Jim Gordon and Paul Dano as the film’s big bad, The Riddler.