HBO Max and Cartoon Network will have a new Batman cartoon. Batman: Caped Crusader comes from the fertile minds of Bruce Timm (producer of Batman:the Animated Series and creator of fan favorite Harley Quinn), J.J. Abrams (producer of Lost, the Star Trek reboot, and director of Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker) and Matt Reeves (producer/writer of The Batman, writer of War for the Planet of the Apes, and director of Cloverfield). Batman: Caped Crusader will be produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Bad Robot Productions, and 6th & Idaho.
Bruce Timm is the co-creator of Batman: The Animated Series and is considered one of the best storytellers ever to tackle the Dark Knight. and Abrams is deeply involved in the current DC Comics superhero projects at WarnerMed.
There is no Information on casting yet, but fans are hoping and praying that Kevin Conroy will be able to reprise the role of Bruce Wayne / Batman – nor would anyone complain if Mark Hamill voices the Joker. Conroy is currently busy voicing Mer-Man in Masters of the Universe: Revelation; it is unclear as to whether this would impact the new Batman production.
Batman: Caped Crusader “will be thrilling, cinematic and evocative of Batman’s noir roots, while diving deeper into the psychology of these iconic characters. We cannot wait to share this new world” announced Timm, Abrams, and Reese.
Fans should expect something closer to the Batman: The Animated Series of the ’90s than the live-action show starring Adam West and Burt Ward. IMDB.com called it a “reimagining of the Batman mythology.” Such phrases often evoke a feeling of foreboding when it comes to new iterations of any franchise, but with Bruce Timm at the helm, we’re likely to see something that strengthens the Batman mythos.
Neither HBO Max nor Warner Brothers has announced when we may expect to see the new show.
Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. I think they would have been proud of how Batman: Caped Crusader extends their legacy.
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.