The Batman: Terence Winter Exits Series Over Creative Differences

It appears that The Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves is having to deal with issues on both the film and television sides now. With the Robert Pattinson-starring film suffering both COVID-related production delays and thus shifts in its release date, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting exclusively that Terence Winter (The Sopranos, The Wolf of Wall Street) has left the HBO Max series over creative differences in that Winter's vision wasn't in line with what Reeves and other producers had envisioned. Winter was set to write and serve as showrunner and though HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television declined to comment, a search for a new showrunner is reportedly already underway. Stemming from Reeves, The Batman producer Dylan Clark, and WBTV, the series is set in the cinematic universe that Reeves is creating with The Batman, further exploring the film's examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City while also launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms.

The Batman Main Title Red (Credit: Warner Bros.)
The Batman Main Title Red (Credit: Warner Bros.)

Reeves took some time out from promoting his big-screen adventure in August (before more production shutdowns) to do a bit more of a deep-dive into what a good chunk of all of that means. First, the series will be a prequel to the film, with the HBO Max project viewed as "Batman Year One" to the big screen's "Batman Year Two." Told from the perspective of a crooked cop, the series will examine Gotham's deep-seated history of corruption- one that "goes back many years" until a "masked vigilante…starts to unsettle the city." Reeves sees the series as defining the Gotham that viewers will be presented in The Batman, through the prism of a flawed yet possibly redeemable officer: "The story is actually a battle for his soul."

Reeves' 6th & Idaho production company will produce the series in association with Warner Bros. Television. Reeves and Winter (The Sopranos, The Wolf of Wall Street) will executive produce with Clark (Bird Box, Rise, Dawn, and War for Planet of the Apes). Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, the series will also be executive produced by 6th & Idaho's Daniel Pipski (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) and Adam Kassan (Tales from the Loop); Rafi Crohn (Tales from the Loop) will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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