In over a month since the ax of Batman: Caped Crusader from HBO Max there have been some tidbits as to the platform the animated series will land.
With the culling of scripted live-action and animated content ensuing under Warner Bros. Discovery’s over-the-top (OTT) platform HBO Max, with the possibility of a lucky fraction of content being granted the license to be distributed on other streamers like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV+ just to name a few, fans eagerly await the status of WBD’s production, Batman: Caped Crusader.
Why was Batman: Caped Crusader axed from HBO Max?
For all intents and purposes, Batman: Caped Crusader was supposed to be a continuation so to speak of Batman: The Animated Series as its spiritual successor that saw J.J. Abrams, his fellow acolyte Matt Reeves and the legendary Bruce Timm. It was set to drop on HBO Max. It was announced in May 2021 and was stated to enrich the Batman mythos and recapture the litany of its noir-driven world in a way that is cerebral amongst the set of characters within Gotham.
Since the former WarnerMedia entertainment conglomerate completed the merger with Discovery Inc. to rebrand itself as Warner Bros. Discovery back in April, operations had begun and its CEO, David Zaslav, first performed a culling of numerous films and shows on their streaming service. Batgirl was among many theatrical film projects that became collateral damage in a shrewd cost-cutting measure.
In August, Batman: Caped Crusader was one of many animated contents that received the axe from the HBO Max streamer as per TVLine. Among the other five animated projects that were no longer being produced for HBO Max from Warner Bros. Animation were Merry Little Batman, The Day The Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie, Bye Bye Bunny: A Looney Tunes Musical, Did I Do That To The Holidays: A Steve Urkel Story, and including last but not least an untitled The Amazing World of Gumball film.
UPDATE: Which streamer will pick up Batman: Caped Crusader?
At present, the last update in regards to the shopping around of Caped Crusader to other platforms, The Hollywood Reporter (H/T: ScreenRant) discussed that the likely candidates are Apple TV+, Hulu, and Netflix. They were earlier rumblings that Disney+ also would be a great home for the series, although in some corners of the Internet (including this writer) they would disagree for obvious reasons. Amazon Prime also expressed interest.
At the time Caped Crusader was confirmed that it would not be distributed via HBO Max, a well-known Captain America comic writer, Ed Brubaker, was revealed to be the head writer of the animated series. As well as heading the writers’ room and joining an eclectic group of storytellers and cinematic talent he is also appointed with an executive producer credit.
What are your thoughts on Batman: Caped Crusader? Which streaming platform do you hope the show drops on? What streamer do you think this Batman TAS successor should release on? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!