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Batman: Caped Crusader moves to Amazon with a two-season order

Previously developed for HBO Max, Batman: Caped Crusader has found a new home at Amazon. The animated series from J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, and Bruce Timm has been given a two season order.

The show was put on hold by Warner Bros. Discovery in August, about a year after it was ordered straight to series. At that time, they stated it was looking for a new home. After a series of cost cutting, Warner Bros. Discovery has pivoted in recent months selling projects to “rival” streaming services.

Batman: Caped Crusader was said to be a follow up in spirit to the classic 1990s Batman: The Animated Series which Timm worked on. Ed Brubaker was announced Timm’s right hand for the 10-episode first season. It was spotlighted at the 2021 DC Fandome which featured some of the individuals behind it discussing what we can expect.

The series joins other high profile animated series at Amazon including Invincible, The Legend of Vox Machina, and The Boys Presents: Diabolical.

Batman: Caped Crusader

Batman: Caped Crusader Gets a First Look at DC FanDome

At DC FanDome, fans got a first creative glimpse into Batman: Caped Crusader, the upcoming all-new animated series and reimagining of the Batman mythology.

In a video piece created exclusively for DC FanDome, Executive Producers Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and Matt Reeves along with Co-Executive Producer James Tucker share their inspirations and early insights for this next animated chapter of the Dark Knight.

Batman: Caped Crusader is coming soon to HBO Max and Cartoon Network. Series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Bad Robot Productions, and 6th & Idaho.

Batman Gets Animated Again

J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, and Bruce Timm are working on a new animated Batman series. The series will return the character back to his noir roots. Batman: Caped Crusader is getting a straight-to-series order from HBO Max and Cartoon Network.

The series will dive deeper into the psychology of the characters and Batman’s noir roots.

From the announcement:

Utilizing state-of-the-art animation techniques and technologies available, this powerful creative partnership will once again reinvent Batman and his iconic rogue’s gallery with sophisticated storytelling, nuanced characters and intense action sequences all set in a visually striking world.

Batman: Caped Crusader

Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and Games Wan’s The Trench Not Moving Forward

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The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Warner Bros. has shelved two of its upcoming, and high-profile, films based on DC properties. Ava DuVernay‘s New Gods and James Wan‘s The Trench are not going forward at this time.

In a statment, Warner Bros. and DC said:

As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward. We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.

New Gods was a take on the classic Jack Kirby characters with DuVernay directing and working with comic writer Tom King. The film has been in development since 2018. DuVernay is working on the television series Naomi based on the DC character which will air on The CW.

The Trench was a spin-off from the blockbuster Aquaman. The horror-tinged film featured Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald on the script with Wan developing as producer with Peter Safran. Wan is still working on Aquaman 2 which will begin shooting later this year.

While these two projects have been shelved for now, they may happen down the road. It is believed the issue is there was no “natural” place to release the films in the current upcoming plans.

DC is currently focused on a multi-platform approach with films like The Suicide Squad and The Batman bleeding over into television with the HBO Max series Peacemaker and a show focused on the Gotham police department.

DC is still focused on creating a film universe with The Flash, tackling the DC multiverse, being key to what comes next. Upcoming films include Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and projects featuring Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Supergirl, Static Shock, and Green Lantern Corps. There’s also the third Wonder Woman film, newly announced Zatanna, and Superman film produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J. Abrams are Working on a Superman Reboot

Henry Cavill Superman

Deadline is reporting that there’s a Superman reboot in the works under the guidance of Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J. Abrams. Coates is writing the script while Abrams is producing under his Bad Robot label. Hannah Minghella will serve as producer.

Details are scarce, really non-existent, and it’s unknown if Superman will be recast or if Henry Cavill will return. Cavill has expressed interest in reprising the role.

Coates is a celebrated and award-winning author who has covered cultural, social, and political issues. He’s also written numerous comics for Marvel including a current run on Black Panther and Captain America.

J.J. Abrams has been tied to Warner Bros. and DC for a while now and is reportedly developing Justice League Dark for film and television.

Preview: Spider-Man #4 (of 5)

Spider-Man #4 (of 5)

(W) J. J. Abrams, Henry Abrams (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Olivier Coipel
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• Now that issue #1 is out, can we finally talk about this?
• Ben Parker, the son of Peter and Mary Jane, has had a lot thrown at him the last few weeks.
• Normal high school stuff: met the love of his life, stood up to a bully, found out his dad was Spider-Man and that he has powers, too, and the super-villain that changed everything is out to get him… Yep, normal high school stuff.
• However, in ways that we can’t really explain here, this issue turns all THAT onto its head.

Spider-Man #4 (of 5)

J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath’s Bad Robot is Developing Justice League Dark for HBO Max

Justice League Dark

Deadline has the scoop that Justice League Dark is being developed into a television series for HBO Max. Bad Robot is behind the production. It had previously been reported that Bad Robot was developing the property for film and television through its deal with WarnerMedia.

Justice League Dark is a DC Comics superhero team focused on dealing with mystical and supernatural threats. The team has primarily been made up of characters who are more focused on magic and occult like John Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna, but it has also included other characters like Swamp Thing, and Wonder Woman.

The team has had a theatrical focus in an animated film. It debuted in Justice League Dark #1 in 2011 and was created by Peter Milligan.

HBO Max is becoming the new home for numerous DC television properties. In October 2019 int was announced that Vertigo property DMZ would be coming to the digital streaming service as well as Strange Adventures, DC Superhero High, and a series focused on Green Lantern. The service will also feature every DC film of the last decade, every Superman and Batman film of the past 40 years, Joker will debut on it, and Doom Patrol will air on the platform as well. It’s expected to launch in May 2020.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Newsarama – Abrams’ Final Two Spider-Man Issues Postponed Four Months – So many delays for high profile series.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Girls’ School of Knighthood is off to a great start – Free comics!


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Preview: Spider-Man #3 (of 5)

Spider-Man #3 (of 5)

(W) J. J. Abrams, Henry Abrams (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Olivier Coipel
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• J.J. Abrams’ (Star Wars, Star Trek, Alias) comic debut continues, co-written by his son Henry with art by superstar Sara Pichelli (SPIDER-MAN, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY).
• The most anticipated comic of 2019 takes a turn you won’t believe.
• If you think you know what’s going to happen to Peter and Mary Jane next, you’re wrong.

Spider-Man #3 (of 5)

Preview: Spider-Man #2 (of 5)

Spider-Man #2 (of 5)

(W) J. J. Abrams, Henry Abrams (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Olivier Coipel
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 16, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• The most anticipated comic event of the year continues from J.J. Abrams (Star Wars, Star Trek, Lost, Alias), Henry Abrams and Sara Pichelli (SPIDER-MAN, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY)!
• Peter and Mary Jane have had their first run in with the new villain Cadaverous and it did not go well. What horrific impact from this horrific villain will scar them the worst?!

Spider-Man #2 (of 5)
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