Winter, who was writing the series, parted ways over creative differences.

By Nick Romano
November 17, 2020 at 11:50 AM EST
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Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter parted ways with HBO Max's planned spin-off series to The Batman, EW has learned.

Winter was announced as writer and showrunner in July to develop the series alongside The Batman director Matt Reeves and producer Dylan Clark. His decision to leave came down to creative differences with the team, and a search for a new showrunner is currently underway.

Reps for HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television declined to comment on the news. A rep for Winter did not immediately respond to EW's request for comment.

The series will act as a prequel to The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the title DC Comics hero, with a focus on the Gotham City Police Department. In giving the project a series commitment, HBO Max called it an "examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City."

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

During the virtual DC FanDome festivities in August, Reeves praised Winter as "an incredible writer" and said Winter would be creating "entirely new characters" that weren't in the comics.

"The idea is we go back to Year One," Reeves said during the presentation in reference to the Batman: Year One comics by Frank Miller. "And Year One is... the first appearance of this masked vigilante that starts to unsettle the city, and you start to see the story from the point of view of these corrupt cops — and one in particular. And the story is actually a battle for his soul. He is a cop over generations, and the history of corruption in Gotham is enormous and goes back many years. And the story is, as you realize it, there's this myth building in the background. You're actually in a new place where you've never seen these characters before, some of which we'll touch on that you may have seen in the comics, but others totally new."

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report Winter's exit.

After schedule reshuffling due to the pandemic, The Batman is now on track to open in theaters on March 4, 2022. The spin-off series is part of a larger plan to expand the cinematic universe of the upcoming DC films across platforms. HBO Max is also developing Peacemaker, which will focus on John Cena's character from director James Gunn's upcoming The Suicide Squad.

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