Gotham may have ended last year, but HBO Max is already working on another Batman spinoff based on Matt Reeves’ upcoming solo movie. What’s bad news is, the series had just lost its showrunner.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) who was said to helm the show Gotham Central (working title), has left the series. Winter’s exit was said to have been due to creative differences as Winter’s vision for the show didn’t match that of the producers and Reeves himself.
I really love Winter’s work on Boardwalk Empire, and he was probably the only reason I was excited to check out Gotham Central. With Gotham ending up as wacky as it was, it would have been interesting to see a more grounded and realistic take on the IP with Winter at the helm. Now the series is looking for a new showrunner, but we don’t know who could be in HBO’s shortlist.
The series was apparently ordered back in July, and it was aimed to be a companion piece for the upcoming Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson. While Pattinson isn’t expected to be in the film, the show would focus on the background players of the GCPD, and will be an ‘examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City,” launching a new Batman universe that would extend across multiple platforms.
While Gotham Central may have undergone a major delay (what hasn’t?) I think there’s still a lot of time to prepare the show so it releases before the main Batman franchise. Catch The Batman in theaters March 4, 2022.