HBO Max’s “The Batman” Spinoff Loses Its Showrunner

Robert Pattinson in "The Batman"

Matt Reaves’ The Batman is due to arrive in March 2022—after some COVID-19 related hiccups it is on schedule—and HBO Max is planning to expand the movie with a spinoff series. This plan seems now to have hit a snag. 

Terence Winter (Broadwalk Empire), who was announced in July as the show’s showrunner and main writer, parted ways with production. The reason for this move was attributed to creative differences between Winter and Reeves and producer Dylan Clark. A search for his replacement is underway.

The show’s working title is Gotham Central, and it will be a prequel to The Batman focusing on the Gotham police department. In August Reeves said the show will go back to Year One when the masked vigilante first appeared in the city and will follow events through the eyes of the police and the corruption that has spread within it.

HBO Max has several DC shows in the works. Green Lantern and Strange Adventures is being created by Greg Berlanti from the Arowverse, Justice League Dark by J.J. Abrahms and John Cena’s character from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is getting a spin-off series, Peacemaker.