A new head writer has been brought on board for the Batman prequel series Arkham Asylum on HBO Max. While continuing to build out the DCEU, Warner Bros. Discovery also began a new continuity earlier this year with the release of Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which revived the classic DC property and starred Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight.
Although it wasn’t an official origin tale, The Batman did focus on Bruce Wayne’s second year as a vigilante, with The Riddler acting as the first major antagonist. Reeves isn’t done building his universe just yet, as evidenced by the fact that he’s already working with the studio on a number of spinoff projects that will expand the Batman canon beyond a simple sequel.
You’re probably aware that there’s going to be a new “The Penguin” series on HBO Max starting production in 2023, but Reeves is thinking broader to expand the universe of The Batman, and keeping that vision in mind HBO Max has hired a new head writer, Antonio Campos, who will also act as the showrunner and one of the executive producers for “Arkham Asylum”.
Since the project was put on hold in the beginning of 2022, this is the most significant development to date. However, HBO Max, Warner Bros. Discovery, and the representatives of Campos are yet to comment on the matter. Of course, it’s alright from them to “keep shush”, but this leaves us thinking just how amazingly “Arkham Asylum” can stand out as a DC TV show!
DC’s Arkham Asylum Will Stand Out on TV!
Despite the fact that the DC TV industry has exploded in the last several years, largely because of The CW’s Arrowverse, Arkham Asylum has the opportunity to bring something fresh to the table. It also has the potential to be DC’s first horror-themed series.
Where’d we get that news from? Well, Matt Reeves himself earlier stated his vision for the TV show saying that he had envisioned it as a “horror movie or a haunted house that is Arkham.” Although Arkham Asylum has been featured in countless Batman and DC projects, this would be the first time the facility has been given such a prominent role.
Even though James Gunn and Peter Safran have been named to lead DC Studios, it is still unknown how they would include Matt Reeves’ The Batman property. HBO Max has not officially given the spinoff a straight-to-series order, but if they enjoy Campos’ script and director for Arkham Asylum, production may start as early as 2023.
The future of Arkham Asylum is uncertain, but with a new head writer in charge, the potential The Batman spinoff has taken a positive step forward!