The highly anticipated Batman: Caped Crusader animated series is seeing its HBO Max release more than upset.

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It is a cruel disappointment for lovers of the greatest detective in the world: the project of a new animated series, provided among others by Bruce Timm, JJ Abrams and Matt Reeves has not found favor in the eyes of the decision makers of Discovery, group having the hand on the validation of the programs of Warner Media and HBO Max. However, the elements likely to make the worshipers of the vigilante salivate were numerous. Building on the cult 1990s Batman: The Animated Series and its roughly 85 episodes, the project was to go in a more adult, darker direction, basing the bat’s adventures in the troubled times of the 1940s. .

A dream project
The aesthetic, promised to marked monochrome effects (initially, black and white had even been considered), was to accompany an approach less constrained by the necessities specific to the young audience of Batman: The Animated Series . We obviously cannot sum up Timm’s masterpiece to this simple status, if only for the unforgettable Joker dubbed by Mark Hamill, like a gallery of characters much more nuanced than in a series for young people. The cornerstone that convinced HBO to embark on the Caped Crusader project was a short film, Batman Strange Days , proposed by Bruce Timm on his YouTube channel on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the emblematic DC hero.

Cascading cancellations
If the hope of seeing the series rebound in another subsidiary of the Warner group is slim, but still present (probably thanks to the success of the last film The Batman ), it will probably not be the same for other titles. abruptly stopped in their tracks. Merry Little Batman (a Batman- style Home Alone ), 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 The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movieshould meet the same fate. Profitability of the group and change of editorial positioning of HBO Max, less family and youth oriented, would be the real reasons on the one hand, and invoked by the officials of the channel on the other. Sad times.