Terence Winter, the The Sopranos writer/producer brought in to showrun HBO Max’s planned series spinning off from director Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, has left the project.
The Hollywood Reporter is stating that his departure is being placed on the standard “creative differences” line.
Announced this past July, the untitled series will be told through the eyes a crooked Gotham City police officer and will examine the culture of corruption that runs through the city’s police department. It is a prequel to Reeves’ film, being set during the first year of Batman’s career as a vigilante in Gotham. There is no word if any The Batman cast members such as Jeffrey Wright (Commissioner Jim Gordon) or John Turturro (gangster Carmine Falcone) will crossover to the new show.
The show was ordered direct to series by HBO Max as part of a plan by Warners Media to create a cross-platform universe of stories based in the new version of Gotham City that Reeves is world building in his film. This version of Batman will be a separate one from the one played by Ben Affleck in the DC Comics Expanded Universe feature films or the one mentioned but never seen on the CW’s Batwoman television series.
This is not the only superhero-themed series that HBO Max has in the works. They also have a The Suicide Squad spinoff series featuring John Cena’s Peacekeeper character with The Suicide Squad writer/director James Gunn overseeing as well as show centering on DC Comic’s more supernatural and magic-based superheroes titled Justice League Dark coming from JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production shingle.