J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, and Bruce Timm Developing an Animated Batman Series for HBO Max
It looks like we’re getting a brand new animated series about everyone’s favorite Gotham socialite turned vigilante. Batman: Caped Crusader has been ordered straight-to-series for HBO Max and Cartoon Network, with acclaimed filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves set to produce. They will be joined by long-time DC animator Bruce Timm. The cartoon is being described as a “reimagining of the Batman mythology”. Reeves and Abrams shared their enthusiasm for the new noir take on the character:
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.
Die-hard fans of the character will know that Timm was also behind one of Bruce Wayne’s most iconic adaptations, Batman: The Animated Series. Warner Bros. Animation President Sam Register highlighted this fact in his own statement regarding the project:
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.
The series will utilize state-of-the-art animation techniques to create intense action sequences set in a visually striking world. You can also expect another nuanced reinvention of Batman’s famed rogue’s gallery, brought to life with sophisticated storytelling. There is no current release date set for the cartoon. Hopefully, more news will follow shortly.