‘Batman: Caped Crusader’ Animated Series In The Works From Bruce Timm, JJ Abrams & Matt Reeves

This is going to drive Batman fans crazy, in the best possible way. There’s a reason Batman: The Animated Series is looked at as one of the finest examples of animated storytelling done right. The long-running cartoon was a creation of Bruce Timm, who just gets the Dark Knight like few others do. And so it’s pretty exciting to learn that he’s returning to that world again, with the help of JJ Abrams and The Batman director Matt Reeves.

Variety reports that Warner Bros. Animation is developing Batman: Caped Crusader, a new animated series for HBO Max and Cartoon Network that will be exec-produced by Timm, Abrams, and Reeves. Details on the series are unknown, at this point, but it doesn’t seem to be connected to Reeves’ upcoming film.

“We are beyond excited to be working together to bring this character back, to tell engrossing new stories in Gotham City,” the trio said. “The series will be thrilling, cinematic and evocative of Batman’s noir roots, while diving deeper into the psychology of these iconic characters. We cannot wait to share this new world.”

Add this to the wealth of DC Comics projects currently at or in the works for HBO Max, including Harley Quinn, a Constantine series that will tie-in to Justice League Dark, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, a Gotham PD series from Reeves, and Peacemaker from James Gunn. There’s also a new Superman coming-of-age cartoon, My Adventures with Superman, which you can get a glimpse of below.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.