Matt Reeves' ARKHAM ASYLUM TV Series (Which Moved From The Bat-Verse To The DCU) Has Been Scrapped

Matt Reeves' ARKHAM ASYLUM TV Series (Which Moved From The Bat-Verse To The DCU) Has Been Scrapped

DC Studios has scrapped another upcoming project given the green light before it was formed, with Matt Reeves' reality-hopping Arkham Asylum Max TV series no longer in development. Read on for details...

By JoshWilding - Jul 05, 2024 04:07 PM EST
Filed Under: The Batman
Source: Variety

Variety has confirmed that the previously announced Arkham Asylum TV series is no longer moving forward at Max. It was back in 2022 when we first learned Antonio Campos (The Staircase) had been tapped to serve as The Batman spin-off's writer and showrunner. 

This iteration of the show has been scrapped, though it's supposedly possible that a new project set in the infamous Gotham City location could happen down the line. We're not banking on it, unfortunately. 

In many ways, this news doesn't come as a surprise. When the show was announced, it had a series commitment but was being developed by Terrence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) and set inside the Gotham City Police Department. He later walked away due to creative differences.

Giri/Haji creator Joe Barton was next to take a crack at the untitled series - which many fans had already unfavourably compared to FOX's Gotham - only to walk away for the same reason as Winter. 

The Batman director Matt Reeves, who was overseeing the series as executive producer due to its place in the Bat-Verse, later confirmed the Gotham PD show was no longer happening and "started to evolve" into a story about Arkham Asylum. Given what we saw in his movie, the expectation was that it might revolve around The Joker and The Riddler's budding friendship.

Then, things got even more confusing when James Gunn confirmed that Campos' Arkham Asylum was still in development, this time with it set in the new DCU (The Batman II and The Penguin, however, would not be). That confused fans, though it suggested Reeves would help introduce many of the villains DC Studios' Dark Knight will face...which also seemed strange.

Despite this disappointing news, The Penguin will be released this September and The Batman II is on track to be released in 2026.

"Well, there is a huge arc which you’ve got – nah, I’m not giving away anything," Alfred Pennyworth actor Andy Serkis recently said. "Basically, I know nothing about the movie other than that I’ve just found out that we’re probably likely to be starting filming early next year. Therefore, if you do the math, it’ll be a year and a half after that."

"I know that Matt [Reeves] is working really hard on the script," he added. "Matt Reeves being Matt Reeves, the extraordinary filmmaker that he is, I can only assume that it’s going to be another brilliant script, because I thought what he did with that first film was pretty amazing. I loved working with Rob Pattinson, and I really look forward to playing Alfred once more."

Stay tuned for updates as we have them.

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HashTagSwagg - 7/5/2024, 5:00 PM
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Origame - 7/5/2024, 5:02 PM
...I thought the idea was reused into parts of the penguin show.
THEKENDOMAN - 7/5/2024, 5:03 PM
Good. Because it doesn’t make any sense, why prolong Elseworlds when you haven’t even started the DCU? Also, as there are plans to introduce our new Batman, why prolong Reeve’s BatVerse? Left to me they should close Elseworlds with the Batman / Joker trilogy. And focus on DCU, let’s just stop complicating things.

If they don’t just focus on one everything will just fall apart. Keep it simple and straight to the point. Also, these multi-layers are not necessary.
Nightwing1015 - 7/5/2024, 11:05 PM
@THEKENDOMAN - But this show was supposed to be set in the DCU tho
IronSpider101 - 7/6/2024, 3:14 AM
@THEKENDOMAN - At the very least, the market for superhero movies has shrunk, and people are not going to pay to see two Batman series' concurrently. There's going to be one that the public likes and one that doesn't. It seems absurd to continue producing both. I think Elseworlds should stay, but like at least the Joker movies are different enough in execution from most of these things that they can be recognized as their own thing. The only logical reason I can think of for why DC would produce both versions of Batman is because the character goes Public Domain in 11 years and they'll want to have established their "Coca Cola" Batman, as opposed to any other attempts at making the character.
ObserverIO - 7/6/2024, 4:27 AM
@THEKENDOMAN - Can't believe the first DC Studios thing is an Elseworlds series. What a dumb way to start.
THEKENDOMAN - 7/6/2024, 12:25 PM
@Nightwing1015 - My man, been a while since we crossed paths here. No, it's Elseworlds. It's a Batman spinoff.
THEKENDOMAN - 7/6/2024, 12:29 PM
@IronSpider101 - I have no problem with Elseworlds, whether it stays or goes. However, I still believe the focus should be on building DCU. Warner/DC has never got it right because of too many changing personnel, now this is a chance to focus, especially as the new people at Discovery/Warner seem to have a vision.
THEKENDOMAN - 7/6/2024, 12:31 PM
@ObserverIO - I feel your pain. This is what I trying to say. It's all bollocks. But with this cancellation maybe they are seeing the light.
Nightwing1015 - 7/6/2024, 12:44 PM
@THEKENDOMAN - You're right, it was originally envisioned as such, but as the article says:

"Then, things got even more confusing when James Gunn confirmed that Campos' Arkham Asylum was still in development, this time with it set in the new DCU"
THEKENDOMAN - 7/6/2024, 3:55 PM
@Nightwing1015 - Right. But either way, they should focus on DCU TV/big screen live actions characters. Also, Arkham is really the Batverse and that’s specific. We need to see more of the wider DCU.
Nightwing1015 - 7/6/2024, 4:20 PM
@THEKENDOMAN - I agree, I hope the cancellation makes way for more DCU shows
THEKENDOMAN - 7/7/2024, 7:53 AM
@Nightwing1015 - 👊
Nightmare - 7/5/2024, 5:04 PM
DCU Gotham Central please.
KaptainKhaos - 7/5/2024, 5:09 PM
@Nightmare - we had that already
KWilly - 7/5/2024, 5:42 PM
@Nightmare - We really don't need another cop show set in Gotham without Batman. We just got 5 seasons of that
Malatrova15 - 7/5/2024, 5:06 PM
Man Ham Slum ?
JayBarrick - 7/5/2024, 5:06 PM
Good. This show was supposed to be a Bat-Verse year one from the police perspective. They had a great team and a good setup, as well as plenty good source material. But now it seems everything that is not set in stone and is not part of the new DCU, way more campy and accesible, is going to be terminated. A shame, I think, because this kind of standalone stuff is what kept DC afloat and truly diverse when the DCEU was tanking. Also, because I originally had great hopes for the Bat-Verse.

My biggest concern right now is that My adventures with Superman and Caped Crusader are next on the line.
CerealKiller1 - 7/5/2024, 6:39 PM
@JayBarrick - At least those two shows you mentioned at the end aren’t on HBO/Max, so there’s some small hope!

(Adult Swim I think is owned by WB so Adventures might end up on the chopping block before Caped Crusader)
McMurdo - 7/6/2024, 5:02 PM
@JayBarrick - kinda a moronic take considering Penguin is rate R and is coming out soon and Bats 2 is also greenlit. But don't let me stop your tirade. Continue.
JayBarrick - 7/6/2024, 5:59 PM
@McMurdo - quote: "But now it seems everything that is not set in stone and is not part of the new DCU [...] is going to be terminated"

As far as I recall, both the Penguin and The Batman 2 had been greenlit before James Gunn took over. The Bat-Verse Gotham series hadn't been greenlit, and so, it was repurposed into a DCU thing, and later, scrapped.

I believe I have told no lie, nor I'm opposed to the DCU James Gunn is buulding, I'm very excited for his Superman take, though I think the suit could loose the collar.

Reconsider how you refer to me, the internet does not need to be a constant fight, you know?
99OPTIMISTPRIME - 7/5/2024, 5:07 PM
Great news! This project only made sense, when it was assumed that Matt Reeves would be building a long-term Bat-universe, centering around Pattinson. But now the clock on that is ticking a lot faster, because Gunn needs a Batman for his universe. And even that version needs to focus on one movie, not forcing an unnecessary spin-off.
JFerguson - 7/5/2024, 5:07 PM
What else is new
TheVisionary25 - 7/5/2024, 5:11 PM
Not too surprising honestlysince we hadn’t heard really anything about it in a bit and I doubt it will be reworked either…

The reason I don’t think that will happen is I doubt Muschietti or anyone else involved in the possible future of the Batman corner of the DCU would be fond of a show they have no involvement in setting the tone , look & feel of that world & characters so best to have it be movie by movie or project by project.

In the meantime for the Reevesverse , now that this and the GCPD show have apparently been scrapped then I think it’s time to green light this one (unless Zoe herself doesn’t want it).

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PaKent - 7/5/2024, 5:12 PM
But i bet there's going to be Peacemaker season 3 and season 4 in the next two years
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Mrtoke - 7/5/2024, 6:28 PM
@PaKent - depends on season 2 and if well received, then yeah
McMurdo - 7/6/2024, 5:03 PM
@PaKent - did you forget about Penguin? Doesn't fit your narrative I suppose....
DeadClunge - 7/5/2024, 5:12 PM
All part of Gunn's long term plan

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FireandBlood - 7/6/2024, 5:08 AM
@DeadClunge - All I’m saying is, his Superman movie better be the best thing since sliced bread if this is how he’s moving
DeadClunge - 7/6/2024, 5:20 AM
@FireandBlood - I think it will at least be decent. However, there's a lot of moving parts and the last time we got a Superman movie with a lot of moving parts it killed the DCEU 😅. Gunn is definitely a far more competent director than snyder though.
MCUKnight11 - 7/5/2024, 5:14 PM
Wonder if penguin would've even seen the light of day had it not been finished before Gunn came on board.
TheVisionary25 - 7/5/2024, 5:17 PM
@MCUKnight11 - probably

As much as people like to spread rumors about Gunn & Reeves , I don’t see Gunn just scrapping this universe unkess Zaslav says so which as long as it makes money , he won’t.
BillyBatson1000 - 7/5/2024, 5:40 PM
@MCUKnight11 - This.
MCUKnight11 - 7/5/2024, 5:58 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Maybe the new goal is to wrap the trilogy up asap to make way for the DCU Batman which will be the main one going forward. TBATB might be more crucial to the DCU than superman 25 because it doesn't matter how good Superman 25 could be, an underwhelming Batman will derail everything. It already happened once with the Schumacher duology. I will not be surprised if all those spinoffs like GCPD or villains like Clayface are scrapped.
TheVisionary25 - 7/5/2024, 6:00 PM
@MCUKnight11 - given he’s publicly stated that he wants Reeves to take as much time as he needs to do Part 2 , I doubt it

Though if it’s true then yeah , I don’t see any spin-offs besides Penguin happening.
Mrtoke - 7/5/2024, 6:31 PM
@MCUKnight11 - if Gunn came on before Matt Reeves did his batman, then that never would've happened. he's gotta run two different Batman's now and that could be stressful af
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