It’s been revealed that the showrunner for Matt Reeves’ HBO Max The Batman spinoff prequel series, Terence Winter, has left the project. The reason cited for his departure was “creative differences”, which is a term often used in the entertainment industry when someone leaves a project unexpectedly.
What “creative differences” basically means is that Reeves and Winter just couldn’t see eye-to-eye when it came to The Batman TV show, which was going to be a prequel to the movie. The show, which is now on the hunt for a new showrunner, will focus on the Gotham Police Department during the first year of Batman sorting out Gotham’s criminals.
It sounds as though it’s a bit of a take on the Gotham Central comics, which are brilliant by the way. However, the show will reportedly focus on the corruption within the police department and will be set during Batman: Year One. Matt Reeves wrote the show’s scripts, and he obviously has a very unique vision for the show.
I get the feeling that Terence Winter just didn’t align with that vision, which is sad because one of the reasons I was really excited to see this show was due to his involvement. Winter’s been involved in some of the very best shows ever made. He wrote many episodes of The Sopranos and directed a few of them. Winter then went on to create the incredible TV show, Boardwalk Empire, and he also served as the showrunner.
Terence Winter has left HBO Max’s The Batman prequel spinoff show due to “creative differences”
He then created the show Vinyl for HBO, which was brilliant, but ended up being cancelled before its time. He was also the executive producer, showrunner and writer of that show. However, his talents aren’t just limited to the TV world. He also wrote the script to Martin Scorsese’s film, The Wolf Of Wall Street. With all of this in mind, you can understand why people are pretty bummed that he and Reeves couldn’t work out their differences.
This news was reported by The Hollywood Reporter, who wrote: “Winter’s vision for the drama did not match what Reeves and other producers had in mind.” It really is a shame, but I also have faith in Reeves’ vision for the series, which apparently has Gotham Central as its working title. This is an apparent nod to the incredible comic book series by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka.
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