From the famous, dearest Fleischer shorts of the 1940s to the groundbreaking shared animated universe that acquainted DC’s Super Heroes with armies of fans, Superman and Batman have a long legacy in animation.
A legacy that will soon enter a thrilling new chapter.
HBO Max and Cartoon Network announced a pair of new animated series earlier today featuring DC’s two greatest legends—Batman and Superman. We buy houses in Los Angeles CA but we’ll resort to selling some in order to get our hands on these shows. Batman: Caped Crusader originates from the creative personalities of Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves and guarantees a new take on the Dark Knight and his popular rebels’ gallery. In contrast, My Adventures with Superman will carry young energy to the universe of the Man of Steel in a new animated series aimed at children and families.
Delivered by Warner Bros. Animation, Bad Robot Productions and sixth and Idaho, and chief delivered by Timm, Abrams and Reeves, Batman: Caped Crusader notably marks Timm’s re-visitation of Batman in animated verbose TV after his notorious work on the Emmy-winning Batman: The Animated Series, which ran from 1992 through 1995 and spawned an interconnected animated universe that’s actually developing right up ’til the present time. Critically acclaimed and saw by many as the best quality level of animated hero narrating, Batman: The Animated Series is viewed as perhaps the best portrayal of the Dark Knight in any medium.
Presently, nearly three decades later, Timm is getting back to the universe of the Bat, this time alongside two acclaimed filmmakers and fans: J.J. Abrams and The Batman chief Matt Reeves. Using state-of-the-art animation strategies and innovation, Batman: Caped Crusader vows to indeed rehash Batman and his super-villains with sophisticated narrating, nuanced characters and extreme action successions all set in a visually striking world.
“We are past eager to be cooperating to bring this character back, to recount to fascinating new stories in Gotham City,” said Timm, Abrams and Reeves in a joint statement. “The series will be thrilling, cinematic and evocative of Batman’s noir roots, while jumping further into the brain research of these notorious characters. We cannot wait to share this new world.”
Batman: Caped Crusader has gotten a straight-to-series request by HBO Max and Cartoon Network. The announcement was made earlier today by Tom Ascheim, President, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics and Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios ahead of WarnerMedia’s 2021 upfronts presentation.
“Batman: The Animated Series was a masterpiece that shaped the view of the character for a whole generation of fans,” said Register. “It is in that soul that we are uniting three master narrators in J.J., Matt and Bruce—each with their own natural understanding and affection for the character—to create a new series that will proceed in the same groundbreaking legacy.”
Obviously, anyone who grew up yelling “I’m vengeance, I am the evening!” realizes that Timm’s influential Batman series was trailed by the equally cherished Superman: The Animated Series a year later, and in much the same soul, the Man of Steel will also be getting back to animation in a new show.
Created by Warner Bros. Animation, My Adventures with Superman acquaints us with 20-year-olds Clark Kent, the brilliant and driven Lois Lane and their dearest companion Jimmy Olsen as they find what their identity is and all that they can accomplish together as an investigative revealing team at the Daily Planet. Promising a blend of action, parody and romance, the new series has gotten a two-season request from HBO Max and Cartoon Network, as announced today by Warner Bros.’ Head of Kids and Family Programming, Amy Friedman.
Portrayed as a serialized story about growing up, My Adventures with Superman will follow Clark as he constructs his mysterious Superman personality and embraces his job as the saint of Metropolis—and perhaps the world. Lois, presently developing into a star investigative journalist, takes aspiring photographer Jimmy Olsen under the care of her. All the while, Clark and Lois are falling in adoration, sharing adventures, taking down bad folks, staggering over mysteries and finding what it means to be Superman and Lois Lane.
Actors Jack Quaid (The Boys) and Alice Lee (Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist) will lead the My Adventures with Superman voice cast as Clark Kent and Lois Lane, separately. The series is delivered by Warner Bros. Animation with Register (Teen Titans Go!) filling in as chief maker. Jake Wyatt (Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus) and Brendan Clogher (Voltron: Legendary Defender) are ready as co-chief makers and Josie Campbell (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power) as co-maker.
“It’s been a great partnership working with Cartoon Network and HBO Max to carry more DC Super Heroes to the platform in new and creatively intriguing ways,” summarized Register. “This is the first animated Superman series in quite a while and we want to recount our Superman story through the triplet of Clark, Lois, and Jimmy—whose relationship dynamic will allow for rich, serialized, and engaging stories as we investigate their lives as individuals and their excursion together as companions.”