Star Wars: The Bad Batch executive producer Jennifer Corbett opened up about the retcon in the premiere episode of the series.
Spoilers ahead for the first episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch!
In 2014, Lucasfilm announced that all the Star Wars books and comics would be a part of one canon. As a result, the previous Expanded Universe material also fell under a new banner known as Legends. In the premiere episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, we see a young Kanan from Rebels during Order 66. Fans were quick to notice that the scene in the new animated series overrides what we’ve seen previously in the Kanan: The Last Padawan comic book from 2015.
Since the Kanan scene in Star Wars: The Bad Batch plays out a little differently, Fandom asked executive producer Jennifer Corbett about the change to canon in the series. Here’s what she had to say:
“I can tell you that that particular sequence we spent the most time on in the pilot, from writing to production to editing to reshooting, because a lot of talk went into how we wanted to portray that pivotal moment with Dave Filoni and with Brad… Everything we did was for a reason and it might not match 100% but it’s sort of just wanting to honor what existed but also give another take on it in this story.”
Are you glad Kanan appeared in the premiere? Do you wish it was closer to what happened in the 2015 comic book? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Here is the synopsis for Star Wars: The Bad Batch:
The series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch — a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill, which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch is executive produced by Dave Filoni, Athena Portillo, Brad Rau, and Jennifer Corbett with Carrie Beck as co-executive producer and Josh Rimes as producer. Rau is also serving as supervising director, with Corbett as head writer. Dee Bradley Baker is behind the voices of Clone Force 99.
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