HBO Recruits BBC Newb Joe Barton

HBO’s The Batman prequel TV series Gotham PD has a new showrunner, one Joe Barton, writer for the BBC and creator of the series Giri/Haji.

Terence Winter, a writer on The Sopranos and creator of Boardwalk Empire, was previously attached as showrunner but departed the project late last year.

Deadline now reports that Barton has joined the series as showrunner, with The Batman director Matt Reeves still onboard as executive producer.

While The Batman takes place after Batman has already been established as a figure in Gotham City, the HBO Max series will take place right when the Dark Knight is starting to surface in the city and deals with how a corrupt police force reckons with such a figure.

The Batman director Matt Reeves spoke a little about the show last year, saying the show follows one corrupt cop, in particular, adding –

“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. As you realize there’s this myth-building in the background, you are in a new place with these characters, some of whom will touch on that you may have seen from the comics and others totally new.”

At the time of Reeves’ comments, the series was in the hands of Winter, however, Winter left the show, with reports indicating that –

“Winter’s vision for the drama did not match what Reeves and other producers had in mind.”

There’s no word yet on when we might see the Gotham PD show, but The Batman release date isn’t until March 4th, 2022, so it could still be a while yet.