The animated series Batman: Caped Crusader is now being eyed by Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu after Warner Bros. Discovery dropped it from HBO Max.
Last month, amongst a slew of projects getting cancelled or let go from Warner Bros. Discovery and HBO Max, perhaps one of the most surprising developments was that Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and Matt Reeves’ planned Batman: Caped Crusader animated series was dropped by the streaming service, now being optioned off to other platforms such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
Many were dumbfounded by the decision of letting Batman: Caped Crusader off of HBO Max, especially since the Dark Knight is perhaps the most popular fictional character owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, leaving one to think that a new original series from the creator of the universally-acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series would be an easy slam dunk for the platform. Now, THR reports that Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and Matt Reeves have pitched the series to the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, which remain as the top contenders to pick it up.
Where will Batman: Caped Crusader land?
Batman: Caped Crusader has a lot of potential landing at either Netflix or Amazon. For one, Netflix has already had precedent with releasing series based on DC Comics properties, including The Sandman. As for Amazon, it would also make sense given that two of their most popular original series are superhero series: The Boys and Invincible. While both of those series are alternative takes from the typical Marvel and DC stories we see, it’s clear that the streaming service would love to get their hands on a new series centered on perhaps the world’s most popular superhero.
As for Hulu, given that Disney has a majority ownership of the service, it would be quite interesting to see a DC Comics animated series under that umbrella. Either way, whoever ends up winning Batman: Caped Crusader is likely to find some great benefits that HBO Max would’ve otherwise enjoyed.
Here is the synopsis for Matt Reeves’ 2022 film:
“Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.
When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.”
Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.
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