Prime Video has made a major acquisition, securing the rights to three new DC animated Batman projects from Warner Bros. Animation. Fans of The Dark Knight will be excited to hear that these new offerings will include an original animated movie, Merry Little Batman, and a spinoff series called Bat-Family. But that’s not all. Prime Video has also ordered a two-seasons of Batman: Caped Crusader, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Bad Robot Productions, and 6th & Idaho. Executive producers on this project include some of the biggest names in the business, Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and Matt Reeves, promising a sophisticated take on the Bat-mythos, reimagined for a new generation.
The Legacy of Batman: The Animated Series Continues
This announcement is big news for superhero storytelling and animation, as Batman: The Animated Series is widely credited with pioneering the evolution of the genre. Fans of The Dark Knight can expect a continuation of this groundbreaking legacy, as Prime Video collaborates with Warner Bros. Animation to offer a variety of takes on the Bat mythos. This is especially exciting news for international viewers, as the animated titles will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories.
“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.”Vernon Sanders, head of television, Amazon and MGM Studios
Batman: Caped Crusader promises to be an all-new animated series that reimagines The Dark Knight mythology through the visionary lens of its executive producers. Utilizing state-of-the-art animation techniques, this powerful creative partnership will 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. This is a bold move from Prime Video, which has secured the talents of some of the biggest names in the business, including Ed Brubaker and Sam Register, who are also set to executive produce the series.
“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.”Sam Register, president, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios
The Bat of Christmas Future
Meanwhile, Merry Little Batman (MLB) is a new animated family action comedy that promises to become a classic holiday movie, joining the likes of Home Alone and It’s A Wonderful Life. The plot follows young Damian Wayne as he finds himself alone in Wayne Manor on Christmas Eve. He must transform into “Little Batman” in order to defend his home and Gotham City from the crooks and supervillains intent on destroying the holidays. With a screenplay by Morgan Evans and directed by Mike Roth, who also serves as executive producer, Merry Little Batman looks set to be a festive treat for Bat-fans of all ages.
Following the events of MLB, Bat-Family follows Bats, Alfred, and young Damian Wayne, who has now taken on the mantle of Little Batman, alongside a few newcomers to Wayne Manor, as they navigate the fun and frustrations of life as a super family. This spinoff series promises to bring a lighter, more comedic take on the Dark Knight, while still retaining the action and excitement that fans have come to expect from the franchise. Jase Ricci, Mike Roth, and Sam Register are set to executive produce the series, which is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.
The acquisition of these new DC animated Bat-projects is excellent news for fans of The Dark Knight, who will have a variety of new content to enjoy exclusively on Prime Video. With a talented team of executive producers and the latest in animation technology, these projects look set to continue the legacy of Batman: The Animated Series and bring a fresh new take on the Caped Crusader to a new generation of fans.
What do you think about these Bat-projects coming to Prime Video? Which origin do you hope they use in Caped Crusader? The Christmas movie has to incorporate the Bat version of”Jingle Bells” right? Let us know your thoughts and reactions to this awesome news on social media!
Source: Prime Video