Following The Batman which releases soon, director Matt Reeves talks creating a Batverse and the subsequent spin-offs in a recent interview with EW. The Batman is likely a jumping off point for this new Batverse but several spin-off shows are already in the cards, such as a Penguin and Gotham PD spin-off. There’s also the likely chance that The Batman will get a sequel if the movie does well, which I think it will.
“What I really wanted this movie to do is create a Batverse,” Reeves tells EW. “You don’t do a story and go, ‘This is Chapter 1’ because you might not get to do Chapter 2. So, the story had to stand on its own. But the thing about it is that the Bat world is so rich with character that as you’re starting to come to an end, you can already start thinking about the next thing. Because the idea, of course, is that Gotham’s story never ends.”
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On the Penguin spin-off:
“I was thrilled by that,” says Reeves, who co-created Felicity with J. J. Abrams and created the recent NBC drama Ordinary Joe. “I said [to HBO Max], ‘To be honest with you, the thing that was going to be the seeds of what I thought the next story could be in terms of the Penguin is that I saw there being this kind of ‘American dream in Gotham’ sort of story, almost like Scarface; the rise of this character who we all know will achieve mythic status.’ He is underestimated and he’s like a time bomb… They were like, ‘Oh my God, we’re in!’ And that was really exciting because, by that point, Colin had already given life to this character.”
While Reeves can’t reveal which other characters they’re thinking about doing shows about, he’s looking forward to these projects because they’ll be “more character-focused than you can even do in a feature,” he says.
“I love the idea of doing a story where you’re really telling chapters of a character’s life the way that The Sopranos did, right? There wasn’t any one story that was Tony Sopranos’. It was all one epic novel about his life,” says Reeves. “I think that to me is what’s thrilling about long-form and the idea of being able to have created this version of the world [in The Batman] and then pull pieces off of that to do this kind of expansive storytelling.”
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