Good, Someone Rescued Batman: Caped Crusader
Imagine getting Bruce Timm back to make a new Batman cartoon — and then dumping the show. Wait, we don’t have to imagine — it really happened, thanks to real-life Looney Tune David Zaslav and his cost-cutting regime at WB Discovery. Batman: Caped Crusader was announced in May of 2021 as a gritty, noir-ish take on the Dark Knight in the vibe of Batman: The Animated Series. Timm, who was responsible for much of how that series turned out, would return to direct. But it wasn’t long after that announcement was made that Zaslav took over and kiboshed most non-Velma-related animated projects, including this one.
The intent was for Batman: Caped Crusader to be an HBO Max attraction, but the option was on the table for several of the dropped projects to be picked up by other streamers. We’re pleased to report that someone has done just that. Amazon Prime has entered a deal for the show and has ordered two seasons of ten episodes each. According to THR, who broke the story, Netflix, Hulu and Apple were also interested in the show at some point.
Joining Timm for this show are JJ Abrams and Matt Reeves, who will serve as executive producers. You probably know who Abrams is (BAAAAD ROBOOOOOT) but Reeves is an old partner of his who dates back to his Felicity days on The WB. “We are beyond excited to be working together to bring this character back, to tell engrossing new stories in Gotham City,” Abrams and Reeves said in a joint statement back in ’21. “The series 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.”
And we can’t wait to see it. Amazon has not announced a release window for Batman: Caped Crusader.
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