The DC Extended Universe is dead, long live The Batman.
Yes, we’ve known for a while now that Matt Reeves’ The Batman would certainly throw a couple of batarangs into the lifeforce of the DCEU. I mean it’s pretty hard to have a DC shared universe without its main star (I don’t care what you say, Keaton returning as Batman is not the same as Batfleck).
Well, now The Batman (which was transformed from a solo Batfleck film into a new standalone trilogy) is being geared to launch “a new Batman universe across multiple platforms.” Everyone make way for the BCU (DKCU? CCCU?).
HBO Max made the announcement and Matt Reeves released the following statement on the TV spin-off:
“This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a longform format can afford — and getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream.”
First up, a TV series centered on the Gotham PD that will reportedly be set before The Batman. Variety reporter Justin Kroll tweeted that the series will show “how Gotham became corrupt and infested with criminals.”
Now hold up. Are you telling me that HBO Max, DC, and Reeves are creating a television series that will focus on the Gotham PD set before Batman started fighting crime in the city? Um, guys, are you already rebooting Gotham?
Like jeez, for a hot minute I thought this was going to be an adaptation of the popular comic series Gotham Central. In fact, I’d be all for that. It’d be cool to see Gotham PD characters appear as background characters in the films only to have major leading roles in the TV series. I doubt that’ll happen, but it’d be really cool!
In addition to the TV spin-off, fans can probably expect a whole lot of inter-connected films featuring various members of the Bat Family. Hold up! Could we eventually receive a Batman Incorporated team-up film? ‘Cause yes please!
There’s no word yet on which characters might be getting spin-offs, but DC has some FanDome event in August where I’m sure more information will be revealed. I’m not sure how this effects Margot Robbie’s future as Harley Quinn, but it’d be pretty weird to have two separate Batman universes running concurrently. One-off films like Batman Beyond is one thing, as is having the characters part of the Arrowverse, but two film series? That might be confusing for casual moviegoers. Harley Quinn could end up as the lone Bat-centric character in the DCEU. Which is a shame because the DCEU was nailing casting for Batman, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, etc.
I’m interested in hearing more about the Gotham Rebooted series. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
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