Last week, Batman fans were treated to some exciting news. Matt Reeves will produce a Max Original that will be set in the world he’s creating with Robert Pattinson’s Batman. Not only will this allow Reeves to explore his own character developments, but it will also allow the audience to see a different side of Gotham City. One overrun by corruption, greed, and criminals born from the slums.
Matt Reeves said:
This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a longform format can afford — and getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream.”
As I’ve mentioned before, this new paradigm shift of serialized television is only the beginning of what many filmmakers are creating. Being able to breathe life into characters allows creatives the opportunity not afforded by most runtimes. This will be the first time a comic film and television series will be run congruently. And it’ll be able to build off of each other at the same time.
Maximizing The Batmen
What this new show tells me is that HBOMax is not afraid to utilize the same characters in more ways than one. By having multiple Batmen, they’ve effectively nulled out any confusion of what canon truly means. If Reeves wanted to have other Bat-Family characters explored before bringing them into his feature films, the show can do that. If Ben Affleck’s Batman makes a return, he can also continue whatever take he wants without the two being mixed up.
Now, that’s not to say Affleck is returning. I would love for him to come back. But I also know that if he comes back, it’ll be on his terms and not the studios. But even if Affleck doesn’t return, having a show about Gotham City’s corruption can also highlight who the Batman is inspiring. Maybe this means Batgirl or Nightwing. Or maybe we get the entire Bat-Family introduced slowly through the show. And it can also mean we get introduced to certain villains through the show, as well.
If this new series is done the way I hope, it should be exciting for all of us. This means HBOMax is truly a director-driven studio. It means they will allow all types of content to bring fans to subscribe and they’re not afraid to show it. This also means that if they’re willing to work with Matt Reeves to help run this show, they’ll be open for Zack Snyder to run his show.
What do I mean by his show? Zack Snyder’s Justice League, of course. Don’t be surprised if Zack Snyder essentially becomes a Showrunner-type if he decides to expand his world. By that, I mean, having Ben Affleck adapt his previously unmade Batman Script into a 3-arc series. Or working closely with Patty Jenkins on an Amazon story that would tie into a History Lesson from his Justice League. The opportunities are boundless and HBOMax has the perfect IP to gain subscribers by the millions.
Thinking about what streaming services have the strongest IP (Intellectual Properties), and two services come to mind. Disney Plus and HBOMax. Want to know the one MAJOR difference between those two is? One creates content that kids can watch, and the other creates content for EVERYONE. Listing off the Original Shows that will be available on HBOMax and one thing becomes clear. Disney Plus won’t able to match it. That is unless they begin going down a darker path.
House Of The Dragon, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and Justice League Dark, are just a few shows that will be intended for mature audiences. When you add Matt Reeves’ Gotham City show, that creates 4 shows that wouldn’t be seen anywhere else. In order for Disney Plus to compete, they would need to create mature content from Star Wars and Marvel. Needless to say, they won’t even dare try to go down that road.