During his talk with host Aisha Tyler, Matt Reeves, divulged details about his upcoming 2021 The Batman movie and the trailer drop during DC Fandome Saturday. Reeves talked about the upcoming HBO Max series connected to The Batman which he’s executive producing with Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter.
The series is set to be an examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City, however, Reeves said the series is a prequel to his Batman film, Which is set in the Dark Knight’s second year of serving up vengeance to would be criminals in Gotham City. The show is set in “Batman Year One” when a “masked vigilante…starts to unsettle the city.”
Reeves continued, “The idea of this story was a story in which Gotham, which has this depth of corruption, and the idea that we could do a series that is going deeper into an aspect of it, which in this case is the corrupt police department, the corrupt inner workings of the city,” said Reeves. “And the way we’re gonna do this series… [Executive producer] Terence Winter is just an incredible writer, so the idea that we got him to do this, just is literally a dream. The idea is, we go back to year one, and year one is the beginning of the first emergence, the first appearance of this masked vigilante that starts to unsettle the city, and you start to see the story through the POV of these corrupt cops, and one in particular. And the story is actually a battle for his soul.”
Reeves didn’t elaborate on who this cop is, but it’s clear he will form some kind of connection with the mystery of Batman.
The series was originally announced back in July. No airdate yet. The Batman is scheduled for theatrical release on Oct. 1, 2021, but audiences were met with a vague “? 0 ? 1” date listed at the end of The Batman teaser. This could mean they’re being vague due to the pandemic still and not knowing how thing will turn out from a production standpoint over the next year. Reeves also stated that the film is only 25 percent complete, which may play a part in the vague date.
Winter is writing the series, and according to Deadline, it’s the first first project for Reeves under his recently announced major overall deal with the Warner Bros Television Group.
Reeves’ 6th & Idaho production company will produce the series in association with WBTV. The series will also be executive produced by 6th & Idaho’s Daniel Pipski and Adam Kassan; Rafi Crohn will co-executive produce. Warner Bros International Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.