Of all the characters in the DC Comics universe, Batman is the most enduring. The caped crusader vigilante has been keeping Gotham’s streets clean since 1942 on the big screen and TV since 1966. There have been a full dozen Batman films since Michael Keaton played Bruce Wayne in 1989, but there’s only been a handful of TV appearances since Adam West. That’s about to change, with a brand new series on HBO Max. These details about The Batman spinoff show how wide open the playing field is to do a new series in the Batman universe.
When Robert Pattinson was announced as the new star of Matt Reeves The Batman, it brought a jolt of unexpected energy into the franchise. The film, which is currently slated for 2021, resets the Batman story to Bruce Wayne’s younger playboy years and is reportedly unconnected to either the Justice League franchise or the 2019 Joker film.
But it will be connected to HBO Max’s newest Batman series, which will be set in ‘The Gotham City police department." According to the press release:
1. Will Robert Pattinson Be In HBO Max’s ‘The Batman’?
Streaming is known as the place film stars go to make TV shows. But it was notable that the announcement for The Batman spinoff for HBO Max did not mention Pattinson as part of the deal, and emphasized the Gotham Police Department instead. If Pattinson had agreed to show up, even as just a cameo appearance, Warner Brothers would most likely be hyping that to the moon and back.
Though fans can (and probably will) hope for a surprise appearance, chances are the actor isn’t going to be part of the series. Instead, it will probably be more like Agents Of SHIELD, where none of the Avengers show up, even as the cast finds themselves clean up the aftermath of their adventures.
2. Who Stars In The Spinoff?
At this point, it is not confirmed who will star in this Gotham-based story. But the heroes of Fox’s Gotham was James Gordon, and the new show is "set in the Gotham City Police department." Jeffrey Wright played Gordon in The Batman. Wright already is known for prestige TV shows such as HBO’s Westworld and the upcoming Marvel’s What If… on Disney+. If Wright signs on to continue his role as Commissioner Gordon, it would be a strong anchor for the series.
As for who else might show up from the film, if Fox’s Gotham is any guide, it will probably be a villain-laden world. Among the famous baddies that turned up of Gotham‘s five seasons: The Penguin, Selina "Catwoman" Kyle, The Riddler, Carmine Falcone, The Executioner, Mad Hatter, Tigress, and Fish Mooney.
3. Which Villains Will Show Up?
The number of villains graced the last Gotham show fits in with what fans know about the upcoming The Batman movie. It’s also a villain-heavy cast. Zoe Kravitz will play the new Catwoman; Paul Dano will be The Riddler. John Turturro is playing Carmine Falcone, and Colin Farrell plays The Penguin.
How many of their characters will be a part of this spinoff remains to be seen. With so many villains to choose from, it seems a good bet the answer is "several." HBO Max will want to have the same actors carry over the roles, and it’s notable that two of the actors involved recently appeared in the HBO series. Kravitz was in both seasons of Big Little Lies, and Turturro starred in The Plot Against America. Would both be willing to do turns in this new version of Gotham?
4. Will ‘The Batman’ Tie To The Arrowverse?
So far, Warner Brothers (mostly) keeps the TV version and the film version of the DC Comics universe separate. For instance, there is a TV Arrowverse Flash (Grant Gustin) and a DC Films Flash (Ezra Miller). But the two branches aren’t above teasing that maybe both exist simultaneously. (Miller did a guest cameo appearance in the TV Arrowverse crossover in 2019.)
But The Batman is an outlier on the big screen. Like 2019’s Joker, this film is not tied to the interconnected Justice League films. Those films have their own, grizzled, older Batman with Ben Affleck was playing the caped crusader, and Michael Keaton reportedly in talks to take over the role.
That means The Batman could join the rest of its TV brethren and be part of the Arrowverse, which currently has a Batwoman, but no Batman. Or it could be a third, utterly separate strain of comic book stories. Time will tell.
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