It’s been a bit of a wild west in the streaming world recently. Streamers have been canceling shows and movies left and right, even ones that are ready to go. In the world of HBO Max, animated shows got hit extra hard, though live-action series weren’t exempt from the culling either. This is why we’ll take good news where we can get it. After a cancellation at HBO Max, J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, and Bruce Timm’s Batman: Caped Crusader series has found a new home at Amazon. In addition, the streamer will also bring to life an original Batman animated film called Merry Little Batman and a spinoff series called Bat-Family.
And, even more exciting, per The Hollywood Reporter, the Batman: Caped Crusader series has received a two-season order, ensuring we’ll get a ton of the Caped Crusader to enjoy. There are certainly some powerful minds working on the show. Ed Brubaker is even on the creative team. So we can imagine it will turn out pretty well.
Additionally, Merry Little Batman will be a family action-comedy that follows Damian Wayne becoming “Little Batman” to defend against villainous rogues who wish to ruin the holidays. Bat-Family meanwhile follows Batman, Alfred, and young Damian Wayne as they navigate being a super family.
Sam Register, president, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, shares “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.”
As DC consolidates its on-screen universe under James Gunn and Peter Safran, it’s interesting to see some of its Elseworlds projects end up outside the main Warner Bros. Discovery hubs. Whether that’s a good move or not is yet to be determined.
Originally published on March 9, 2023.