Loads of exciting things happened during the DC FanDome event this past weekend, including the release of the first trailer for Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which sent shivers down my spine. During Reeves’ appearance at the virtual event, he also provided more details on the Gotham P.D. live-action series he’s producing for HBO Max. It was previously reported that the series, which will be overseen by Reeves and Terrence Winter (Broadwalk Empire, The Wolf of Wall Street) will be part of the same universe (and timeline) as The Batman.
During DC FanDome (per Collider), Reeves revealed that the new series will explore in-depth, the underbellies of Gotham and its corrupt police force.
“For me, the idea of this story was a story in which Gotham, which has this depth of corruption, and then the idea that we could actually do a series that is going deeper into an aspect of it, which in this case is the corrupt police department and the corrupt inner workings of the city.”
Reeves also disclosed that the series will take place before the events of The Batman.
“The idea is we go back to year one and year one is the beginning. It’s the first appearance of this masked vigilante that unsettles the city. You start to see the story through the point-of-view of these corrupt cops. And one in particular. The story is actually a battle for his soul. He’s a cop over generations and the history of corruption in Gotham is enormous and goes back many years.”
On the surface, this sounds kind of similar to the Gotham series starring Ben McKenzie, that ran for five years. However, that series, never truly capitalised on its potential, ultimately feeling like a CW comic book show — something you watch for fun over lunch on the weekend, and nothing more. Gotham P.D., though, has tremendous potential, mostly because of the talents working behind the camera, but also because it looks like Warner Bros and HBO Max is ready to go all-in on it.