Not much more to say there if you are a giddy fan over The Batman spinoff series coming to HBO Max: Terence Winter is gone.
Arguably no two words are more aggravating in Hollywood (outside of “The Kardashians”) than “creative differences.” People have opinions and when those involve something being created for public consumption, there may be an errant eff bomb hurled or a few “Ya Mama” lines. That’s the price of doing of doing business, but the goal is “to work together and create something extraordinary.”
In the case of Matt Reeves and Terence Winter, it just wasn’t meant to be. The former showrunner of another HBO success Boardwalk Empire has walked away from the set of The Batman series, according to a THR exclusive.
Terence Winter Wants Warmer Days Elsewhere
In the words of Socrates, I think…or maybe it was Marcus Aurelias: Why “can’t we all just get along.” Seriously? Terence Winter not only helmed Boardwalk Empire but he is also a producer and writer for The Sopranos and The Wolf of Wall Street. In short, he is used to getting his way.
But this is Matt Reeves’ noir vision of The Batman. He has an idea of what he wants to do with “year two” Bruce Wayne. The HBO Max series was to be concurrent in that universe — the villains, the anti-heroes, and all those theories. Surely, we are going to get some righteous TV out of this.
And then this happens.
Sources say creative differences are to blame for the split as Winter’s vision for the drama did not match what Reeves and other producers had in mind. A search is under way for a new showrunner for the untitled drama.THR, Nov. 2020
Naturally, both HBO Max and studio Warner Bros. Television declined comment because either this was a nasty blowup or no one knows what the hell happened for the series with the working title Gotham Central. (Meh.)
Last week, Terence Winter and Matt Reever are sharing a moment over cinnamon mocha lattes discussing the masked vigilante roaming the streets of Gotham. This week, he bounces for an “upcoming Dial M for Murder anthology project currently in the works at MGM/UA Television” starring Alicia Viklander.
The intent of this novel series is to launch a new Batman universe across WarnerMedia multiple platforms. We will explore corruption in Gotham City and deep inside Batman’s soul. It is the first project announced under Reeves’ new overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.
And now, it won’t have Terence…who flew home for the…Winter. (Thank you. I’m here all week.)