Terence Winter is leaving Gotham City. The Boardwalk Empire creator, who was poised to write and serve as showrunner on Matt Reeves’ TV spinoff of The Batman, has departed the HBO Max series. 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.
HBO Max and studio Warner Bros. Television declined comment.
Picked up straight to series in July and designed as a companion TV series to go alongside The Batman, the drama is set in the world Reeves is creating for The Batman feature film and will build upon the pic’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City. It ultimately will launch a new Batman universe across multiple platforms and extends the world from the movie and characters of Gotham. It’s unclear if The Batman stars Robert Pattinson (Batman/Bruce Wayne) and Jeffrey Wright (police commissioner James Gordon) will appear in the HBO Max offshoot.
The series is formally untitled but has been going by the working title of Gotham Central, a nod to writers Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka’s police procedural comic and GCPD.