Matt Reeves on creating a new 'Bat-verse' with The Batman's HBO Max spin-offs

"I was thrilled by that," says Reeves, who co-created Felicity with J. J. Abrams and created the recent NBC drama Ordinary Joe.

"I said [to HBO Max], 'To be honest with you, the thing that was going to be the seeds of what I thought the next story could be in terms of the Penguin is that I saw there being this kind of 'American

 dream in Gotham' sort of story, almost like Scarface; the rise of this character who we all know will achieve mythic status.'

He is underestimated and he's like a time bomb... They were like, 'Oh my God, we're in!' 

And that was really exciting because, by that point, Colin had already given life to this character."

While Reeves can't reveal which other characters they're thinking about doing shows about, he's looking forward to these projects because they'll be "more character-focused than you can even do in a feature," he says.

"I love the idea of doing a story where you're really telling chapters of a character's life the way that The Sopranos did, right? There wasn't any one story that was Tony Sopranos'. It was all one epic novel about his life,"

says Reeves. "I think that to me is what's thrilling about long-form and the idea of being able to have created this version of the world [in The Batman] and then pull pieces off of that to do this kind of expansive storytelling."

The Batman opens in theaters March 4.