Because it launched in Could 2020, HBO Max has quietly boasted some stellar unique programming, together with “Tokyo Vice,” “The Flight Attendant,” “And Simply Like That…” and extra. However there’s loads of extra unique collection on the way in which. In a brand new interview with Selection, HBO Max’s head of originals Sarah Aubrey equipped updates to a lot of these titles, together with the primary spinoff to Matt Reeves‘ “The Batman.”
So, what did Aubrey should say about “The Penguin,” the primary of doubtless a number of spinoffs to Reeves’ movie? “”Penguin” will sit instantly after the tip of “The Batman” and temporally earlier than the occasions of the second film,” confirmed Aubrey. “The present will come out in between the 2 films. Now past that, it’s enjoyable for the viewers to know that it is going to be a bridge between the 2, however the precise launch date, I’m not at liberty to say.” Followers already anticipated this, however good on Aubrey to substantiate the collection bridges between “The Batman” and no matter its sequel finally ends up being.
However what about plot particulars for “The Penguin”? Aubrey described the present as grounded “at that avenue degree” of Gotham as Colin Farrell‘s Osward Copplepot step by step takes over the town’s underworld. “The aim of that is to indicate what Oz’s life is like and that’s very a lot within the streets of Gotham, making an attempt to rise up and over as solely the Penguin can. As a hustler and a strategist together with his personal ambitions,” Aubrey continued. “It’s a nice instance of getting the time over eight episodes to inform a longer-arc character story with a whole lot of scrumptious twists and turns and new characters. It’s very a lot going to be about Gotham at that avenue degree, as a result of he’s not flying round like Batman does. We’re all embracing that as a really particular expertise for audiences to have.”
Appears like a profitable concept, or a minimum of a greater one than “Peacemaker.” Ought to DCEU followers anticipate one other season of that present, or maybe one other “The Suicide Squad” spinoff that facilities on Ratcatcher 2? Aubrey remained mum on something like that. “I completely can’t say a single phrase about any of this,” mentioned Aubrey. “I’ll let you know one of many nice pleasures of my job is getting a peek within James Gunn’s mind, and it’s wild and ingenious place. I can say with certainty, no matter is coming from him in that neck of the woods goes to be actually thrilling for me.” Aubrey seemingly can’t present updates right here due to all of the David Zaslav-related upheaval on the DC entrance this yr, to not point out the current hiring of Gunn and Peter Safran as the brand new DC Studios co-chiefs.
On one other entrance, Aubrey has excessive hopes for the brand new season of the “Intercourse And The Metropolis” spinoff “And Simply Like That….” “What you’re seeing this season is all of those characters embracing life,” continued Aubrey. “It’s a really joyful season and I believe, in some methods, it looks like iconic ‘Intercourse and the Metropolis’ episodes. Most of all, for Carrie, particularly, in the way in which her character has all the time been up for the subsequent journey or the subsequent love, the subsequent friendship within the metropolis, and you actually really feel that this season. We’re so excited. I went to the desk, I’ve seen the garments. So I’m voracious, identical to everybody.” Anticipate “And Simply Like That…” Season Two on HBO Max someday subsequent yr.
And whereas that present isn’t precisely a reunion particular like those HBO Max has carried out for “Mates,” “Harry Potter,” and “The West Wing,” ought to followers anticipate extra particular like that? Mentioned, Aubrey: “Because it stands proper now, I don’t have a straightforward reply to what’s coming subsequent in that area, as a result of every a kind of actually took place from a creator. I’m open for any individual that’s excited to get the gang again collectively, as a result of they carried out very nicely for us — however that’s as a result of they’ve had all the pieces the followers needed from them.” As for a “Harry Potter” unique TV collection, Aubrey mentioned that nothing is within the works. “We don’t have a collection in lively growth proper now,” she mentioned, “However we’re very a lot in that enterprise, as a result of followers are simply clamoring for extra storytelling.”
Now for a lightning spherical on different initiatives. Concerning the “It: Welcome To Derry” collection: “You’ll be listening to extra concretely about that growth very quickly… Andy may be very concerned in each little bit of this, so that’s the actual recipe for fulfillment and for delighting followers.” On Greg Berlanti‘s redeveloped “Inexperienced Lantern” collection: “We stay very excited by the chance to make a giant four-quadrant area opera with Greg and Sarah for HBO Max.” And can J.J. Abrams‘ “Duster” ever get made? “That’s going to be — knock wooden — up and working very quickly,” confirmed Aubrey. “I’m very bullish about that, and it’s one which J.J. has been intimately concerned with and that’s a extremely enjoyable course of to be part of.”
And that about covers the titles Aubrey mentions within the Selection interview. It’s thrilling instances over at HBO Max, whilst Gunn, Safran, and Zaslav rework Warner Bros. Discovery‘s imaginative and prescient for DC’s future. Regardless of issues being up within the air, an eight-episode collection devoted to The Penguin’s rise to energy in Gotham positive sounds good.