“The Batman” universe will expand with a new series in development from director Matt Reeves that will take a deep dive inside Arkham Asylum…
“The Batman” universe will expand with a new spinoff series set inside Arkham Asylum with director Matt Reeves developing the project.
While several spinoff series have been in the works including one focused on Colin Farrell as The Penguin, another focused on the corrupt Gotham City Police Department has been abandoned in favor of the new show centered in Arkham Asylum.
Reeves confirmed his plans when speaking to The Cyber Nerds recently while also revealing that Arkham Asylum will be a much scarier show than comic book fans would probably expect.
“We’ve actually now [moved] 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 and their origins — almost leaning into the idea of… it’s like a horror movie or a haunted house that is Arkham,” Reeves said.
“The idea, again the way that Gotham is a character in the movie, I really want Arkham to exist as a character. 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 [like], ‘Wait, we should really lean into this.’ And then that’s kinda where that’s gone.”
SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE BATMAN
Of course, Arkham Asylum played a prominent role in “The Batman” after Edward Nashton aka The Riddler was finally captured following his reign of terror in Gotham City. The Riddler was locked behind bars at Arkham Asylum where he shared a conversation with The Dark Knight that served as a major turning point for the conclusion of the movie.
Arkham also served as the setting for The Riddler to have his first encounter with another infamous inmate — none other than The Joker as played by Barry Keoghan. In the scene, The Joker exudes his special brand of madness while talking to The Riddler, which could potentially tease a future appearance by the Clown Prince of Crime in the inevitable sequel to “The Batman.”
More than anything, this sets up the “Arkham Asylum” series being developed by Reeves as he looks to build upon “The Batman” with even more projects on the way.