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The following Batman: Caped Crusader cartoon has quite a creative force behind it, rooted in both its past and its future. Bruce Timm, one of the foundations of the Legendary DC Animated Universe, shows the new series that plans to bring the hero back to the noir genre that helped define the iconic 90s series of the Dark Knight, starring JJ Abrams and the batter director Matt Reeves on hand to executive produce. A pretty strong pedigree, and now made even stronger thanks to the addition of Ed Brubaker, co-creator of Marvel’s Winter Soldier and author of beloved comics such as Immortal Iron Fist and Criminal and Kill or Be Killed, owned by the creator.
As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Brubaker is the lead writer for Batman’s new animated outing. As Timm’s right-hand man, he will run the writer’s room for the 10-episode first season which is said to be “more Batman: The Animated Series than Batman: The Animated Series”. In a statement to Hollywood Reporter, Brubaker spoke about how Animated Series was the catalyst for his career, and expressed his excitement at working on his spiritual successor.
“If Bruce Timm and all the talented writers and performers hadn’t done that show, things like my revamp of Catwoman with Darwyn Cooke (who worked on BTAS) and Gotham Central with Greg Rucka and Michael Lark never would have happened… can’t wait for the rest of the world to see what we’ve built in the writer’s room over the past few months. All I can say is, it’s not what anyone expects…but in a good way.”
In early 2000, after taking over the writing duties for Batman’s main book, Brubaker became a consistent writer of the character for the 2000s. He then wrote several books with the character’s supporting cast over several years, including the much-loved Catwoman run with Darwyn Cooke and co-created Gotham Central with Greg Rucka and artist Michael Lark. He also has a solid history with television as he wrote episodes for HBO’s Westworld and Amazon’s Too Old to Die Young. You could say that neo-noir is Brubaker’s bread and butter, and it’ll be interesting to see what he, Timm, and the rest of the creative forces come up with for the public to see.
Batman: Caped Crusader premieres on Cartoon Network and HBO Max.
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