As we all know, THE BATMAN‘s co-writer/director Matt Reeves in creating an entire universe — THE BATMAN-verse — set in the world of the recently released film. One of the spinoffs was going to be a GCPD series set in “Year One” of Batman’s career. Well, that idea/project has been put on hold as it has now morphed into a series that will focus on the infamous Arkham Asylum.
Here’s a clip from the HAPPY, SAD, CONFUSED podcast where Reeves explains what went down…
Bad news: the Gotham PD HBO Max show is on hold. Worse news: it sounded pretty awesome. Listen to Matt Reeves describe his Sidney Lumet inspired year one story and lament what might have been. pic.twitter.com/a0lmsZ3vUP
— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) March 7, 2022
Reeves also discussed the change with THE CYBER NERDS…
The GCDP thing, that story has kind of evolved. We’ve actually now moving 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 that you would – almost leaning into the idea of – it’s like a horror movie or a haunted house that is Arkham. The idea of, 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, ‘Wait, we should really lean into this.’ And that’s kind of where that’s gone.
Sounds great — though I do hope we eventually get that GCPD-prequel series someday. And of course, I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the HBO Max series featuring Colin Farrell’s Penguin. Get that one out ASAP! – Bill “Jett” Ramey