DC releases Batman: Caped Crusader trailer, and it's a blast from the past

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Batman: Caped Crusader Season 1 - Official Trailer | Prime Video | DC
Batman: Caped Crusader Season 1 - Official Trailer | Prime Video | DC / DC

Warner Bros and Matt Reeves just officially unveiled the first Batman: Caped Crusader trailer, ahead of an entire season 1 premiere on Aug. 1, 2024, which is set to stream on Prime Video.

The footage was a premiere showcase of how the series looks to be a spiritual successor to the infamous Batman: The Animated Series. With a new visual awareness and heightened approach to the reliance on noir elements while adapting and honoring the early days of the Dark Knight from his inception. 

Reeves took to social media to share his excitement, as the caption reads: "Gotham City's criminals never sleep, and neither does he… Batman: Caped Crusader premieres August 1 on Prime Video."

It’s refreshing to see a variety of old established villains magnified under a new lens and with characters such as Harley Quinn, Two-Face, Clayface, Firefly, and Catwoman. That’s only the tip of the proverbial iceberg that longtime producer and chief architect of DC animation Bruce Timm has brought to the table. The costumes are the classic originals, and a few new models feel appropriate for the story and setting being told and showcased.

In addition to the abundance of the rogue’s gallery, one element that deserves praise is Hamish Linklater’s portrayal of the character, and his voice is already a point of inspiration for discussion among fans and the general public. So far, the footage has only shown Linklater’s performance as the Caped Crusader, as it feels like DC struck gold, which could be displayed when fans are greeted by the first appearance of Bruce Wayne in this era. 

Other notable elements that stand out from the trailer are the art-deco topography and layout, which feel fully engraved and plucked from the panels from the time. The meticulous attention to detail is evident in every aspect, from the police uniforms to the 1920s New York accent, from the mobster terminology to the accurate representation of technology. This level of authenticity will impress and excite fans and the general public. And that also includes the gadgets that Batman relies on. The Batcave has a classic microscope; he carries a flashlight and relies on a grappling hook. The transistor radios are present, acting as exposition while carrying the news.

I also feel that the Batmobile will probably be pieced together similarly in nature and tone to how Robert Pattinson’s variant was incorporated. As in the footage, labels around particular gadgets can shown, such as 'Smoke,' 'Thrust,' and 'Chute,' which are smoke bombs, the patent nitrous boost, and a parachute or ejector. Even though they are little things that many may not pick up on, they show a level of care and attention from everyone who worked on the production.

The footage looks darker, almost akin to how Marvel Studios wrote and crafted X-Men 97; it feels like Timm and Company are piecing together the Batman narrative and reality they always wanted, which Timm mentioned before. Trades also noted that the series would not be rated TV-MA.

Timm discussed where he felt the audience for this latest Batman adaptation could fall, during an interview with Variety Fair.

"We are aiming this show at the same age group that watches Harry Potter movies or Marvel movies."

Bruce Timm, Executive Producer

Batman: Caped Crusader boasts an impressive voice ensemble comprised of Hamish Linklater (Midnight Mass) as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch) as Harley Quinn, Christina Ricci (Wednesday) as Catwoman, and Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show) as Harvey Dent. Rounding out the ensemble but with currently undisclosed roles include Minnie Driver, Eric Morgan Stuart, Michelle C. Bonilla, Krystal Joy Brown, John DiMaggio, McKenna Grace, Jason Watkins, Paul Scheer, Reid Scott, Gary Anthony Williams, Dan Donohue, David Krumholtz, Haley Joel Osment, and Toby Stephens. 

J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, and Bruce Timm are all attached to the project as executive producers. Batman: Caped Crusader hails from Warner Bros. Animation, Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, and Reeves' 6th & Idaho. Other executive producers include Ed Brubaker, James Tucker, Daniel Pipski, Rachel Rusch Rich, and Sam Register.

Batman: Caped Crusader premieres on Prime Video on August 1, with all 10 episodes slated to drop.