‘The Batman’: Shelved ‘Gotham PD’ HBO Max Series Showrunner Talks Getting Fired

This spinoff series of 'The Batman' was shelved.

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The showrunner for the shelved The Batman HBO Max series Gotham PD reflected on being fired from the project.

Sometime before DC Fandome 2020, it was announced that Matt Reeves would be executive producing a Gotham PD spinoff HBO Max series set in the universe of his new film, The Batman. Originally, Terence Winter was attached to the project, but ultimately left due to the dreaded “creative differences.” Joe Barton was then set to serve as showrunner on the series, but it has since been shelved.

Joe Barton recently spoke with The Telegraph, in which he reflected on this career disappointment in being let go from the HBO Max Gotham PD project, and how being fired two months ahead of the release of The Batman only made the situation even more frustrating:

“I gave the script over in November and HBO called to say they loved it and they were really excited. And then in January my agent called to say I’d been fired… If you’e going to get fired from a massive franchise, don’t do it two months before the film comes out. I saw Batman everywhere.”

The situation was so frustrating to Joe Barton, that while taking notes on a script, he had to do so in the pouring rain, and the only place he could find shelter to stay dry was:

“Underneath a f—ing Batman poster. It was like being haunted by Fathers 4 Justice.”

The future of The Batman.

Critics and audiences alike responded quite well to Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Robert Pattinson’s portrayal as the Caped Crusader in his second year of fighting crime was widely-acclaimed, as was the performances of Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell. Farrell is set to star in and executive produce the HBO Max spinoff series, The Penguin, which looks to explore his rise in the criminal underworld of Gotham City. Meanwhile, a series set in Arkham Asylum was also announced to be in development. So even though Gotham PD was shelved, fans eager to return to Reeves’ Gotham City have plenty of content to look forward to.

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Source: The Telegraph

Noah Villaverde

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