PREQUEL SERIES TO THE BATMAN ARRIVING TO HBO MAX?

The Batman world has indeed seen an abundance of news in recent weeks!

With the Snyder Cut of Justice League arriving next year to Michael Keaton’s supposed, surprise return as the Caped Crusader, the apparent “Bat-Verse” seems to be growing by the minute and Matt Reeves’ The Batman is still on track for a 2021 release – despite the COVID-19 pandemic – with production set to resume in the UK any time now.

HBO Max’s desire to grow their portfolio of DC Comics shows has been making waves to say the least. JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot is said to be producing shows revolving around the Justice League: Dark characters, so it was probably safe to assume that Abrams would oversee (at least for the foreseeable future) the next wave of DC Universe movies and HBO Max shows, but it seems that Matt Reeves will also be dipping his toes into HBO Max’s DC plans…

News has now been circulating that Matt Reeves will produce a new TV show set around the GCPD. The show will act as a prequel to his upcoming Batman movie staring Robert Pattinson.

One can’t help but feel a sense of deja vu with Reeves’ plans for the Dark Knight…

Gotham concluded its five season run only last year (2019) and acted as a prequel series to the Batman mythos – which centred around the corrupt, fictional city and the story Bruce Wayne’s childhood.

When The Batman was announced – the apparent plot of the movie sounded like Gotham 2.0. The story is said to be set around Bruce’s and Alfred’s relationship (like Gotham) the movie will feature both The Penguin and The Riddler (like Gotham) and Selina Kyle aka Catwoman will also be a main character (like Gotham) – oh and Batman will be early in his career (well…you get the picture).

With this apparent new TV show now revolving around the Gotham Police Department, you can’t help but wonder if Warner Bros. are trying to just wipe Gotham away in favour of their new rendition – or if they have bigger plans for the DCEU?

After all, if we do indeed see Michael Keaton reprise his role as a much older Batman, we could see three separate Bat-men (Affleck, Pattinson and Keaton) in a very short space of time.

HBO Max could also be trying to “Disney Plus” their DC franchises as well…

Disney have already released exclusive content on their Disney Plus streaming service that ties into the Star Wars Universe and they also have impending MCU shows i.e. Wandavision, Loki and Falcon & The Winter Soldier – all of which tie into the main continuity and will be overseen by MCU boss, Kevin Feige. Meaning that if you only watch the MCU movies and don’t watch the interconnected spin-off shows, viewers might just miss something important.

HBO Max could be trying something similar with their new DC shows, or at least with The Batman.

We are HUGE Batman fans, but (and if we’re being honest) we can’t help but feel a little let down with what we’ve heard (so far) regarding The Batman. It’s not new, it’s another origin tale and if Warner Bros. REALLY want to wow fan’s with their next Batman film, they’re going to have to pull something really special out of the proverbial hat.