ARKHAM ASYLUM Showrunner Confirms Both Iterations Of THE BATMAN Spin-Off/DCU Series Are Dead

ARKHAM ASYLUM Showrunner Confirms Both Iterations Of THE BATMAN Spin-Off/DCU Series Are Dead

Following the news that Arkham Asylum is no longer happening at Max, showrunner Joe Otterson has chimed in to confirm neither iteration of the DC series is happening (in either the Bat-Verse or DCU).

By JoshWilding - Jul 06, 2024 03:07 PM EST
Filed Under: The Batman

Yesterday evening, the news broke that DC Studios is no longer moving forward with a Max TV series set in Arkham Asylum. The project had a complicated journey, going through multiple showrunners and even switching universes. 

Original plans called for it to serve as a spin-off to The Batman, only for James Gunn to later casually mention that the Matt Reeves-produced series was to be set in the DCU instead. 

That turned it into a tie-in to The Brave and the Bold, an unexpected move that left fans concerned that DC Studios was pivoting away from plans to expand Reeves' Bat-Verse with a slate of spin-offs. 

Now, Arkham Asylum showrunner Joe Otterson has broken his silence on the cancellation.

Over the past 24 hours, there's been speculation about the trades getting it wrong and the scrapped show is the Bat-Verse-set series Gunn confirmed was no longer in the works months ago. However, as Otterson explains, neither version of this series is happening now. 

"To clarify, James Gunn said months ago that the Arkham Asylum show would be part of the DCU rather than Reeves’ world of The Batman," he explained on X.  "But there is now no Arkham show in active development at DC."

"They could always revisit later with a new writer but the original project that Max committed to in 2020 is dead. That was the Gotham PD show that Reeves said 'kind of evolved' into an Arkham show. Anything developed now would be wholly new and separate from that," Otterson concluded. 

It's a shame the show won't ever see the light of day, but it could be one of those ideas that the trade got wind of but never really got too far beyond the discussion stage. 

The Penguin is still on the way and will be released on Max this September. As for The Batman II, it's been delayed an entire year to October 2, 2026; The Brave and the Bold, meanwhile, doesn't have a confirmed release date despite serving as the DCU Batman's introduction. 

How do you feel about Arkham Asylum being scrapped? As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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harryba11zack - 7/6/2024, 3:07 PM
FusionWarrior - 7/6/2024, 3:08 PM
Wasn't meant to be.
FireandBlood - 7/6/2024, 3:10 PM
Gunn when it comes to Reeves BatVerse

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Th3Batman - 7/6/2024, 4:00 PM
@FireandBlood - These series were all mandated by the old leadership at WB when they thought streaming was the future. Although Reeves was working on it, he wasn't exactly the one who called for it to be a thing, so I'm not really surprised about him moving on from it when given the OK to.
McMurdo - 7/6/2024, 4:52 PM
@FireandBlood - except he isn't. Reeves simply can't figure out his story for part 2 and thus the film continues to get delayed. it's copium to blame Gunn. The Penguin was shot with no issue.
Himura - 7/6/2024, 3:12 PM
Seemed like the Arkham show was gonna be an easy was for Gunn/DC to introduce a bunch of villains into the DCU instead of cramming them all into a movie.

IDK if that would've been helpful or just another sign of WB trying to jump start their extended universe as fast as possible again.

All I know is DC has a small opportunity to take the spotlight from Marvel right now since a lot of what they've put out lately hasn't been well received (overall). DC needs to get it right this time.
TheVisionary25 - 7/6/2024, 3:12 PM
Ummm unless I’m missing something , he’s not the showrunner but just another trade journalist that posted the news on Variety.

Anyway , it’s unfortunate it’s not happening but I can understand not doing an Arkham Asylum show before establishing your Batman in the DCU while the Reevesverse version doesn’t have enough of a rogues gallery yet to do that with…

If there’s any Reevesverse spin off they should do , it’s Catwoman!!.

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ModHaterSLADE - 7/6/2024, 3:17 PM
Damn shame, pretty confident Terrence Winter would've made this good if he didn't walk away. Boardwalk Empire was great.
TheVisionary25 - 7/6/2024, 3:21 PM
Anyone think Ewan Mitchell could make a good Joker in the DCU?.

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Not saying we should get him anytime soon , just a casting I’ve had in my head.
PaKent - 7/6/2024, 3:23 PM
[frick] you, Gunn
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Doomsday8888 - 7/6/2024, 3:30 PM
Can't say i'm sad that we wont see more of that shitty ass Joker tbf...
YouFlopped - 7/6/2024, 3:33 PM
batman shows getting canceled is crazy lmao 😂😂😂💤
HashTagSwagg - 7/6/2024, 4:53 PM
@YouFlopped - Batman shows without Batman aren't Batman shows.
Origame - 7/6/2024, 5:51 PM
@HashTagSwagg - yeah. But it's still weird this gets canceled but the Alfred show gets multiple seasons.
Thebronxknight - 7/6/2024, 3:37 PM
Good. Theyre not trying to pull a Sony and give us batman stuff without batman.
ObserverIO - 7/6/2024, 4:52 PM
@Thebronxknight - except for the Penguin. Which is basically Gotham again but with better production values.
McMurdo - 7/6/2024, 4:53 PM
@ObserverIO - wait but why aren't we blaming Gunn when it comes to Penguin?

Oh wait
ObserverIO - 7/6/2024, 4:58 PM
@McMurdo - yup. It's a DC Studios joint. The very first DC Studios production to be released, no less (that Christopher Reeve doc wasn't produced by them and only had a limited release).
McMurdo - 7/6/2024, 5:12 PM
@ObserverIO - it didn't shoot a single frame until after Gunn came on as president too. By months. People are just dumb. Lotta salty MCU fanboys who are still really hurt by Guardians 3 being so great and then having to cope with the abandonment issues.
Th3Batman - 7/6/2024, 3:58 PM
As much as I was looking forward to an authentic Arkham on screen, I can't say I'm surprised. Reeves' Batman has only been on the job for a couple of years, while Gunn's Batman has yet to be introduced. They had the right idea, just not the right timing.
THEKENDOMAN - 7/6/2024, 3:58 PM
Good. Leave the Batverse for now and let's get the Brave and Bold out of the way, which I hear will introduce the Bat Family.
lazlodaytona - 7/6/2024, 4:05 PM
What the hell happened to the "Green Arrow getting arrested and thrown into Arkham" film. Was supposed to be Arrow locked in with all the major villains....

I believe Kevin Smith wrote it/came up with the idea....

WBs is stupid if they don't eventually make this a film. It can wait for the DCU to be more expanded, which is completely fine. But dang, it's an amazing idea ... and a TV series? You wouldn't be able to get all the great actors to sign up for a limited series. WBs is just plain f'n stupid.
ObserverIO - 7/6/2024, 4:54 PM
@lazlodaytona - Supermax. It was David S. Goyer that wrote it. Could it be time to dust it off, now that we have a new DCU?
Nolanite - 7/6/2024, 8:18 PM
@ObserverIO - actually, we don't have a new DCU just yet.
lazlodaytona - 7/7/2024, 3:12 PM
@ObserverIO - I hope so. I'm hit and miss with Goyer, but a good director will always make his stuff work well.
automatedtitan1 - 7/6/2024, 4:23 PM
Joe Otterson is just a Variety writer, he was never the showrunner.
McMurdo - 7/6/2024, 4:55 PM
@automatedtitan1 - Josh is using drugs again.
Godzilla2000Zer - 7/6/2024, 4:45 PM
I'm ok with this there needs to be some movement on Brave and The Bold first before we even talk about expanding the DCU's version of Gotham
McMurdo - 7/6/2024, 4:55 PM
@Godzilla2000Zer - agreed.
DocSpock - 7/6/2024, 5:03 PM

This is a very good idea.

If you lose people, have no clear vision, and have bogged down into inertia, cut it loose. Better that than pushing it out anyway and delivering a lousy product.

grif - 7/6/2024, 5:37 PM
cared about this as much as i did the penguin show. zero interest

RegularPoochie - 7/7/2024, 12:17 PM
Who would have guessed...

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