Comic book author and seven time Eisner Award winner Ed Brubaker has joined the creative team behind the HBO Max series, Batman: Caped Crusader, as the head writer on the animated project. The project, first announced last May, already features a ton of talent with the legendary Bruce Timm as showrunner and J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves serving as executive producers.
Brubaker himself is a comic icon, especially well-known for his crime-based work such as Criminal, Kill or Be Killed and also a veteran of the Batworld, having written Catwoman and Gotham Central in the early 2000s.
Batman: Caped Crusader looks to recapture the success of Batman: The Animated Series, a show that defined the character for a generation, by reinventing the character and his “iconic rogues gallery.” Brubaker described the vision for the show and promised that fans will be surprised, saying:
Their vision for the show, with a slightly more pulpy take on the character, and a new way of looking at the world of Gotham, set in the past but viewed through a modern lens really sold me, and so far every part of it has been a blast to work on. I can’t wait until the rest of the world can see what we’ve been building the last few months in the writers room. All I can say is, it’s not what anyone is expecting … but in a good way.
Production on the show’s first season, which will feature 10 episodes, is underway now though no release date has been set.