Writer and filmmaker David S Goyer has been tapped to write the first narrative podcast from DC as part of its exclusive Spotify deal. Batman Unburied will debut on the audio streaming service next year. It’s the first in a series from the companies’ multi-year agreement to produce and distribute an original slate of scripted podcast content.
Specific details are being kept under wraps, but the series will explore the darker aspects of Bruce Wayne’s psychology.
“I’ve been a fan of narrative podcasts for some time and was looking for the right story, returning to Batman seems like the perfect opportunity,” says Goyer. “We’ll be using the unique advantages of audio to dig into the more nightmarish members of the Dark Knight’s Rogues Gallery.”
“We’ll be using the unique advantages of audio to dig into the more nightmarish members of the Dark Knight’s Rogues Gallery…”
Goyer is currently executive producing the upcoming Netflix/Warner Bros TV drama series based on Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. He previously was a writer on The Dark Knight trilogy, co-wrote Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and wrote Man of Steel. He also developed and executive produced the short-lived Krypton series for SYFY and Constantine for NBC.
The podcast will be developed and produced by Goyer’s Phantom Four production company in association with Warner Bros.’ Blue Ribbon Content. Phantom Four’s Keith Levine will also serve as an executive producer alongside Goyer.
“David Goyer is an exceptional talent and we can think of no better leader to leverage the infinite possibilities of podcasting to bring the nearly 300 million Spotify users around the world a Batman saga for the ages,” commented Dawn Ostroff, Chief Content and Advertising Business Officer, Spotify.
Spotify’s exclusivity deal with DC is another escalation in the streaming wars, which is increasingly placing podcasts centre stage as a differentiator between competing services. According to Spotify, podcast listening has increased by 200 percent year-on-year, and the company now hosts over 700,000 podcasts.