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HBO Max swoops on Batman series

WarnerMedia-owned US streamer HBO Max has given a series commitment to an original drama based on DC Comics property Batman from The Sopranos writer Terence Winter and movie director Matt Reeves.

Matt Reeves

The show will be set in the world Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) is creating for forthcoming DC Comics/Warner Bros Pictures feature film The Batman, building upon its examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City and ultimately launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms.

The as-yet-untitled series will be written by Winter and is based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. The series commission marks the first TV project for Reeves under his recently announced overall deal with the Warner Bros Television Group.

Reeves’ prodco 6th & Idaho will produce the series in association with Warner Bros Television. Reeves and Winter will executive produce alongside Dylan Clark, Daniel Pipski and Adam Kassan, while Rafi Crohn will co-executive produce.

Warner Bros International Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.

Reeves said: “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.”

Reeves’ The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson in the lead role, is due to be released in October 2021. Winter won four Emmys during his time writing for landmark HBO drama series The Sopranos. He subsequently created fellow HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, which ran for five seasons and earned Winter two additional Outstanding Drama Series Emmy nominations.



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