The upcoming “Batman” TV series headed to HBO Max has already run into problems after head writer and showrunner Terence Winter left the project…
“The Batman” TV series headed to HBO Max needs a new showrunner.
Terence Winter — award winning writer from “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire” — has left the series after originally signing onto serve as the head writer and showrunner for the series that will serve as a spinoff from the upcoming film directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson.
Reports say that “creative differences” were at the heart of the split as Winter’s vision for “The Batman” series apparently didn’t mesh well with what Reeves had in mind. That’s sometimes seen as a red flag in Hollywood, especially when you’re dealing with a prolific creator like Winter and a high profile director such as Reeves.
“The Batman” TV series, which will stream exclusively on HBO Max is “set in the world Reeves is creating for feature film and will build upon the pic’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City.” The series was tentatively titled “Gotham Central,” based on the comic book of the same name that focused on the Gotham Police Department.
According to initial reports — although those plans could change by the time the series actually debuts — the spinoff is supposed to take place during the earliest days when Batman first appears in Gotham City while the police department is still riddled with corruption and crime is running rampant. The show is expected to be told from the point of view of a crooked cop while serving as a prequel to the upcoming movie due out on March 4, 2022.
There’s no word on who will replace Winter as showrunner but obviously Reeves will likely play a hand in choosing his successor.
Meanwhile, Winter has plenty to keep him busy now that he’s leaving Gotham City as he currently prepares to launch a new anthology TV series called “Dial M for Murder” based on the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name while also working on a new mob based series headed to Showtime.
H/T: Hollywood Reporter