Batman: Arkham Asylum is a series that has been in development for HBO Max for quite some time, and it seems as though it is actually officially happening now. This series is being developed by Matt Reeves – the director of this year’s awesome superhero blockbuster, The Batman. This news comes to us via Geekosity who’s reporting that the series is moving forward.
Now, there have been rumours for quite some time now that this particular Batman spinoff series isn’t going to happen. These rumours became even more prominent after Warner Bros. Pictures and Discovery’s merger. It seems as though Warner Bros Discovery’s new CEO, David Zaslav, was cancelling projects left, right and centre. Many pundits and fans feared that Reeves’ Arkham Asylum project was one of the ones in danger of being canned.
Arkham Asylum series is moving forward at HBO Max
This series was, apparently, originally going to be a Gotham PD series. However, it seems as though it’s actually going to be a Batman spinoff series that will almost entirely be set inside the walls of Gotham’s infamous Asylum. It remains to be seen which characters will turn up in this series. I’m sure that some people will be hoping to see Barry Keoghan’s Joker in the show. However, I’m pretty certain that he won’t be in it.
I think that they are saving Keoghan’s Joker for what could be the final Batman film in Matt Reeves’ Batman trilogy. Yes, it’s been said that Reeves’ second Batman movie hasn’t been ‘officially’ greenlit by Warner Bros Discovery yet. However, we were told that they had already got work underway on two more Batman movies. Yet, it has to be said that this was before the Warner Bros. Pictures and Discovery merger.
More Batman spinoff series coming?
As for other Batman spinoff shows, we do know that a Penguin series starring Colin Farrell is in the works. This is yet another series that I am really excited to see and I hope beyond hope that Warner Bros Discovery and David Zaslav don’t cancel this series. They have been canning a lot of shows, but something tells me that Zaslav, Warner Bros and HBO are all very keen to get working on these Batman projects.
They’re basically going to turn the Batman universe into their MCU, with both movies and TV shows being in the works. The Batman did pretty darn well at the box office considering the fact that it was a long movie and it came out during a pandemic. It also introduced audiences to a new version of the Dark Knight in Robert Pattinson and audiences seemed to really like his take on the character. Again, we’re going to have to wait and see what happens with these Batman spinoff shows. We’ll keep you posted here at Small Screen on any new developments.
Which other spinoffs could they make?
There really does seem to be a lot of potential with this particular franchise. We have the Arkham Asylum series, The Penguin show, and then we could have a lot more to come. Warner Bros Discovery indeed opted to cancel Matt Reeves’ animated Batman series, which is a huge shame because I was really looking forward to that. However, I have a feeling that we might see some other projects set in The Batman’s universe get the greenlight in the not-so-distant future.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see them start work on the Gotham PD show, even though that show was officially cancelled by Warner Bros. However, the fact of the matter is, this franchise is a cash cow, and I think that Zaslav knows this. He also has a very talented creator in Matt Reeves, who could oversee all of these projects. At least, that’s what I would do if I were in charge of Warner Bros Discovery.
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