Batman: Caped Crusader, the animated retelling of the Legend of the Dark Knight by J.J. Abrams and The Batman director Matt Reeves, has survived its stint in limbo. Knocked from its reserved seat on HBO Max by CEO David Zaslav after Discovery had a look at Warner’s books, the nascent series found a new home in Prime real estate.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Caped Crusader was picked up by Amazon Prime for their streaming schedule. The company went further than that and ordered a second season before the series has even aired. It was announced two years ago with a modicum of hype behind it as a showcase of the 2021 DC FanDome.
After that, news on its development went cold until it became clear back in August that Abrams and Reeves would be shopping around for a different streaming platform to take up residence at. THR reports that they were in talks with Hulu and Netflix as well, and for probably the first season only — which consists of ten planned episodes.
Captain America writer Ed Brubaker is on board and is said to be in charge of the writers’ room to a degree which means he has some pull. Bruce Timm is also back as an executive producer to use the opportunity to make a prequel of sorts to Batman: The Animated Series. Sadly, he sent up some red flags too.
Making a point at FanDome to declare Caped Crusader will be more modern and inclusive for a show set in the 1940s – or holding onto the gothic deco architecture of the period – Timm left the impression the new series will be nothing like the old cartoon and sprinkle in its fair share of the wokeness already dabbled in by Marvel, DC, and Hollywood.
Not having a firm release date or anything in the way of a voice cast or a dominant plot thread, should the series be more serial than episodic, Timm’s commentary is not an encouraging start. Matt Reeves being attached could allay fears based on The Batman’s success but we leave that up to you to decide.
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