Return of the cult animated series on HBO Max?

Carla Harmon
January 21, 2021

Would you be down for a sequel to Batman: The Animated Series?

Bernardin was the one to initiate the discussion by bringing up a rumor that HBO Max is looking to make a sequel to Batman: The Animated Series.

Batman The Animated Series Sequel In Works! HBO Max Planning To Continue The Story Of Classic Animated Show

I have to agree with Smith that this makes way too much sense for WB to not be considering it. HBO Max needs content and subscribers stat. WB's unprecedented plan to release its entire 2021 movie slate on the streaming service alongside global theatrical releases will definitely help massively there, but it's not sustainable due to the huge pushback from the industry at the moment.

Batman: The Animated Series aired from September 5, 1992, to September 15, 1995, originally on Fox Kids and was heavily praised for its dark tone, thematic representation, film noir aesthetics, and a new modern version character. Based on the DC Comics superhero, Batman, the series explores various adventures undertaken by Gotham's Dark Knight, and finds the vigilante tackling a whole host of iconic villains including The Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Ra's al Ghul, The Penguin, The Scarecrow, Killer Croc, and Bane, as well as a fewer lesser-known adversaries such as the Mad Hatter, and the Man-Bat.

Kevin Smith further talked about how it is a brainer since HBO Max is in the air and the animated series of Harley Quinn is already doing quite fantastic while printing a good amount of money.

It was indicated that the earliest we might see this revival of Batman: The Animated Series would be in 2022, which coincidentally enough would be the 30th anniversary of the original series. I think that's real, I don't think it's a rumor, it's an idea whose time is not only coming, I think it has arrived. I think that will happen.

"I do not know what you're talking about [en tono de broma]". It's not like "oh, we gotta explain why everyone's older", no it's fucking animation, so they can just go right back to these stories that were awesomely awesome. It's an animation that you can pick up and literally go connecting to those incredible classic stories. You can't screw up the inheritance, that's for sure.

This series, along with the likes of the television series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited managed to fill in a lot of the gap between Batman: The Animated Series and the future of 2039, not leaving too much room for a straight up sequel. New information suggests that DC and Warner Bros. might be planning to introduce a sequel to the classic four-times Emmy award-winning Batman: The Animated Series that paved off a complete DC Animated Universe way back before Marvel popularised the universe franchise and influenced the cinema.

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