Gotham PD HBO Max Series Recruits New Showrunner

Joe Barton will be stepping in as the new showrunner on HBO Max’s upcoming The Batman series, replacing Boardwalk Empire’s Terrence Winter, who quit the show back in November. It was revealed that Winter’s vision for the planned TV spin-off from Matt Reeves’ upcoming movie The Batman “did not match what Reeves and other producers had in mind.” Barton getting the gig was reported by Variety.

Barton is best known for creating the Tokyo and London crime drama Giri/Haji for Netflix. (The show’s name translates to Duty/Shame.) Previously, he has also worked on the AMC sci-fi show Humans, and the BBC drama Troy: Fall of a City. Barton had not yet provided a comment for the media.

HBO Max announced the Gotham City TV show last summer. Adapted from the comics series with the same name, the series will focus on the corrupt police department in Gotham City, which butts heads with Batman.

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