Amazon is expanding its animated Batman universe in a big way with three new additions, which include two new DC animated Batman TV series and an original animated movie. The retail giant/streamer recently announced the big news and its partnership with Warner Bros. that will further bolster its offerings and help it gain a foothold in the animation side of things. Prime Video has snagged two-season order for Matt Reeves, J.J. Abrams and Bruce Timm’s animated Batman: Caped Crusader series after it was scrapped at Max last year. Furthermore, Amazon has picked up an original animated film dubbed Merry Little Batman with an animated spinoff series, Bat-Family, both of which come from Warner Bros. Discovery’s Warner Bros. Animation and DC.
Batman: Caped Crusader is being touted as the “reimagining of the Batman mythology” and comes from executive producers Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and Matt Reeves. Besides Timm, Abrams, and Reeves, Ed Brubaker and Sam Register will also be executive producing while Warner Bros. Animation, Bad Robot Productions, and 6th & Idaho. are producing the show. The animated series will employ state-of-the-art animation techniques and “once again reinvent the character and his iconic rogue’s gallery with sophisticated storytelling, nuanced characters, and intense action sequences, all set in a visually striking world.”
On the other hand, Merry Little Batman is billed as a family action-comedy “that is destined to join the rogue’s gallery of classic holiday movies.” The movie will be all about holiday cheer and warmth coupled with a bit of crime fighting. Merry Little Batman will follow a young Damian Wayne, who will need to transform into “Little Batman” in order to “defend his home and Gotham City from the crooks and supervillains intent on destroying the holidays.” Mike Roth will be directing the animated feature from a screenplay by Morgan Evans. Roth also acts as the executive producer for the project alongside Warner Bros. Animation chief Sam Register.
During the announcement, Vernon Sanders, head of television, Amazon and MGM Studios said, “Batman: The Animated Series helped pioneer in the evolution of superhero storytelling and defined the Dark Knight for a generation. Batman: Caped Crusader will no doubt continue that tradition and, alongside Merry Little Batman and Bat-Family, we’re thrilled to collaborate with Warner Bros. Animation to offer a variety of takes of the Batman mythos to our global Prime Video customers.”
Lastly, the spinoff series Bat-Family will take place after the events of Merry Little Batman and will see Batman, Alfred, and young Damian Wayne, “who has now taken on the mantle of Little Batman” linking up with a few newcomers to Wayne Manor, as “they navigate the fun and frustrations of life as a superfamily.” Jase Ricci, Mike Roth, and Sam Register will serve as executive producers for the series and the project will be produced by Warner Bros. Animation.
Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios said during the acquisition announcement, “We are excited to partner with Amazon to begin an all-new animated chapter of Batman. From the cinematic noir storytelling of Batman: Caped Crusader to the comedic adventures of Merry Little Batman and Bat-Family, these new projects ensure that there will be an animated Batman story ready to excite fans of all ages.”
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