Rumour: Batman: The Animated Series sequel in development for HBO Max

Lawrence Kim
January 21, 2021

Bruce Timm and Paul Dini's animated series stood out for its aesthetic as handsome as it was dark, its much deeper treatment and respect for the characters, but also marked the history of Batman and DC Comics by creating Harley Quinn.

Well, the DC Extended Universe is still looking for a way to execute its continuation of their shared universe of multiple DC characters as they keep struggling with their dark tones, continuity error, actors having issues on sets and backing out, yes the Ray Fisher incident and many more that has led to Warner Bros. and DC to take a slow and steady run when it comes to creating a universe.

"I am not involved, but I have heard the same and learned it from very reliable people". As exciting as this possibility sounds, given that Batman: The Animated Series remains a beloved classic (and for good reason), the fact is this idea appears to be in the beginning stages of development and there aren't any details known apart from the fact that the idea exists. Of course, casting Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker is already a no brainer.

"The rumor is that HBO Max is looking at making a Batman: The Animated Series sequel, that they want to continue that forward", Bernardin said as Smith covered what was very clearly a huge smile on his face".

It’s time to put on the cape
It’s time to put on the cape

This makes sense as HBO Max seems to be going in heavy with the DC Extended Universe. I think that will happen.

To me it's obvious, there's HBO Max, there's already this unbelievable series that is Harley Quinn, you're going to make money if you make a Batman, the animated series again. "It's not like, 'oh we gotta explain why everyone's older, ' it's f**king animation man so you can go right back to those unbelievable fucking stories". F***ing go for it for heaven's sakes. So original programming specifically for HBO Max is where the studio needs to focus. However, as much as I loved the titular character, the thing that really attracted me to the show was the noir aesthetic. While I doubt the potential for any crossover due to how R-rated this version of Harley Quinn is, there's some easy promo work to be done when you can pitch relaunching the show where Harley Quinn was born.

This series, along with the likes of the television series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited managed to fill in a lot of the gap between Batman: The Animated Series and the future of 2039, not leaving too much room for a straight up sequel.

The three-part documentary (combined into one single presentation above) was first available on the Blu-ray release of Batman: The Animated Series.

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