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HBO Max is working on a spin-off police drama based on Robert Pattinson's upcoming The Batman

By Hoots the Owl - on 11 Jul 2020, 7:11pm

HBO Max is working on a spin-off police drama based on Robert Pattinson's upcoming The Batman

HBO Max has announced plans for a new original DC drama set in the same Gotham City police department as upcoming The Batman movie. The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular vigilante and is directed by Matt Reeves, who is developing the as-yet-unnamed series together with Warner Bros. Television, Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, and The Batman producer Dylan Clark.

The television series is being written by Winter and will build upon the film's examination of the "anatomy of corruption" in Gotham City. More interestingly, it will ultimately serve as a springboard for a new Batman universe across multiple platforms, providing an opportunity to extend the world established in the movie and further explore the complex characters of Gotham.

A series based on the Batman could serve as a major draw for viewers still undecided about an HBO Max subscription, and its longer length compared to a feature film could provide tantalising opportunities for more elaborate world-building. 

In the meantime, HBO Max already has several DC projects in the works, including a J.J Abrams-produced Justice League Dark series, an Aquaman animated miniseries, an untitled Green Lantern series and a series adaptation of Strange Adventures. Elizabeth Banks is also serving as executive producer on a comedy series titled DC Super Hero High, which follows a group of students through the drama of teenagehood at a boarding school for gifted children. 

This is the first television project for Reeves under his recently announced deal with the Warner Bros. Television Group. The Batman is currently slated for an October 2021 release. 

Source: WarnerMedia