It’s hard to believe that it was nearly 30 years ago when Batman: The Animated Series debuted on the Fox Network. It may be even harder to believe that it was only the second-ever Batman TV show. Now, 30 years and countless other shows later, ol’ Bats is headed back to the small screen in the form of Batman: Caped Crusader. Not only that, the show will be headed up by the impressive trio of JJ Abrams, Matt Reeves, and Bruce Timm.
Warner Bros. stated via press release “HBO Max and Cartoon Network have greenlit a straight to series order for Batman: Caped Crusader, an all-new animated series and reimagining of the Batman mythology through the visionary lens of executive producers Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and Matt Reeves and produced by Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), Bad Robot Productions and 6th & Idaho.”
JJ Abrams recently signed a huge deal with Warner Bros. which has seen him develop several TV and movie projects for DC Comics properties. Matt Reeves is the director of the highly-anticipated film, The Batman, set for next year. Timm was a showrunner for the original series in the 1990s.
Going by the press release, it would seem that the show will air on both HBO Max and Cartoon Network. It would also seem that the show will be a completely new series that will have no connection to any previous series. So if you were getting your hopes up for a continuation of Batman: The Animated Series, it looks like that will not be the case.
Batman: Caped Crusader will presumably premiere sometime in 2022.