HBO Max’s Latest Cancellations Include Batman: Caped Crusader

A Batman cosplayer

A Batman cosplayer
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It’s a day that ends with a Y, which means it’s time for Warner Bros. Discover to kill other projects that were already in development for HBO Max, and – wow, would you believe it? –they are all animated. Is David Zaslav really Who Framed Roger Rabbit villain Judge Doom? ‘Cause this guy really has a thing for cartoons.

The latest batch of HBO Max Originals were unfairly killed off before their time (according Variety) are Merry little Batman, The Day the Earth Exploded: A Looney Tunes Movie, Bye Bye Bunny: A Looney Tunes Musical, Did I Do This on Vacation: A Story by Steve Urkel, The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movieand Batman: The Masked Crusader. Some of them haven’t gotten too much publicity so far, but Capped Crusader was as publicized as animation projects.

Produced by JJ Abrams, The Batman director Matt Reeves, and Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Bruce Timm, the series positioned itself as a spiritual successor to Batman: TAS it would have been a darker, more mature, noir-inspired Batman show – basically the exact thing 90s kids have been dying for ever since. Batman: TAS came out of thin air. There may be some hope, though: According The Hollywood ReporterBorys kit, the project is “not cancelled” but “just not going to air on HBO Max”. Kit says it’s “deeply in production” and “will show up somewhere.”

Assuming it’s true, it’s complete savage that a show about Batman with big names involved wouldn’t air on the service owned by Batman’s owning company. Say what you want about Disney gobbling up all of American pop culture, but that would never let something like this pass. Hell, call the show Nighthawk: Caped Crusader and just sell it to Disney so Kevin Feige can slip it into the MCU. They have to do supreme squadron at some point, right?

As fun as it may be, the likeliest destination for Capped Crusader would be Cartoon Network, which was also involved in developing the show alongside HBO Max when it was first announced. Still, if something were to air on regular TV, wouldn’t it be just as easy to put it on the same-owned streaming service as well? Uh, what do we know? We’re not the obviously very competent people who decide to bluntly trash art at Warner Bros. Discovery. (And by “art” we mean Did I Do This on Vacation: A Story by Steve Urkel.)

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