Like many millennials, my first introduction to Batman was through a Saturday morning cartoon that took the caped crusader very seriously. Batman: The Animated Series embraced your favorite characters and took them to the next level. It featured the full cast of iconic villains and painted Gotham City with gothic wonder.
Well, great news—the show is coming back. Kind of.
According to Deadline, Batman: Caped Crusader, an animated series from executive producers Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and Matt Reeves, received a straight-to-series order from HBO Max and Cartoon Network.
While it's not Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Caped Crusader does have Bruce Timm, one of the original minds behind the show. So I definitely feel excited to hear he's involved with this. The addition of Reeves and Abrams adds a ton more clout to the project.
In a collective statement, they said, “We are beyond excited to be working together to bring this character back, to tell engrossing new stories in Gotham City. 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.”
This is a project everyone is excited about, even the executives on it.
Tom Ascheim, President, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, told Deadline, “It is always fun to feed the insatiable appetite fans have for all things Batman. Batman: Caped Crusader will entertain first time and die-hard fans alike and, with such an impressive creative team in place, we know we have another future Batman classic in the making.”
Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) and Cartoon Network Studios, said, “Batman: The Animated Series was a masterpiece that shaped the perception of the character for an entire generation of fans. It is in that spirit that we are bringing together three master storytellers in J.J., Matt, and Bruce—each with their own intuitive understanding and affection for the character—to create a new series that will continue in the same groundbreaking legacy.”
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