HBO Max Might Be Expanding 'Batman' Universe With 'Catwoman' Series
Catwoman seems to be the latest addition to the ever-growing Batman universe at HBO Max. The Cinema Post broke with an exclusive report that stated that Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman would be given a separate sequel series after the release of The Batman (2021) starring Robert Pattinson.
Zoe Kravitz (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) is playing the feline anti-hero opposite Robert Pattinson’s Batman in the Matt Reeves’ film.
If the report is accurate, Catwoman will be the second spin-off series planned for HBO Max. However, the report didn’t specify if Zoe Kravitz would reprise her role as Catwoman in the series. The report also remained silent on the nature of the series. It didn’t reveal whether the series will be a prequel or take place in the movie’s timeline.
Given HBO Max’s plan to explore the world of Batman, Catwoman could take place in the same timeline as The Batman movie because that would allow for both Batman and Catwoman to cross-over platforms, ultimately bringing more audiences.
Another spin-off series centered around the Gotham Central Police Dept. was announced in early July. There was little detail shared about the series, other than that it would be a prequel that will focus on the GCPD officers when the corruption level in Gotham city is skyrocketing.
Referring to the GCPD series, director Matt Reeves stated that a long-form storytelling structure was needed to explore the world of The Batman in detail. He also commented on his involvement with Broadwalk Empire screenwriter Terence Winter about bringing the underworld of Gotham to life.
This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a longform format can afford — and getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream...
Even HBO Max Chief Content Officer, Kevin Reilly revealed the plan to build stories across WarnerMedia brands to develop and connect with wider audiences. Reilly also hinted at a new take on the Batman world that fans would get to experience.
Our collaboration with Warner Bros. and DC allows us to elaborate and grow fan connections across these powerful brands for years to come...This is Batman as most audiences have never seen before and we know fans will want to spend more time in this new world inspired by the film.
Anna Hathaway played Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns (1992). Still, those roles relegated the agile feline anti-hero in a more supporting role to Batman.