For those not familiar with the show, here's the plot synopsis from DC Animated Universe: Batman: The Animated Series was an Emmy Award-winning animated series that ran from 1992 to 1995 on FOX Kids, effectively beginning the DCAU. In the latest episode of Fatman Beyond, co-hosts Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock) and Kevin Smith (Clerks, Masters of the Universe: Revelation) hinted that HBO Max is in the early stages of developing a Batman: The Animated Series follow-up.
I have to agree with Smith that this makes way too much sense for WB to not be considering it. HBO Max needs content and subscribers stat. WB's unprecedented plan to release its entire 2021 movie slate on the streaming service alongside global theatrical releases will definitely help massively there, but it's not sustainable due to the huge pushback from the industry at the moment.
The show is well-remembered for its thematic complexity, film noir aesthetics, and more adult-oriented, darker tone, as well as its recognizable theme tune and quintessential voice work from the likes of Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Star Wars' Mark Hamill as The Joker. The beloved series also launched the DC Animated Universe (DCAU), a collection of animated films and TV shows focused on DC Comics heroes.
Of course, nothing has yet been confirmed, but considering that Warner Bros and HBO Max are still very much in the DC movie business, a sequel to such a critically acclaimed series as Batman: The Animated Series is really a no-brainer, especially when the streaming service is looking for projects that will entice subscribers. It would be a series for HBO Max and is now in the early stages of development. I think that will happen. How f-king awesome would that be because you can just literally pick up and keep going. "I don't know what you're talking about", Smith said with a twinkle in his eye. I think it's true, I don't think it's a rumor. It's not like, oh we gotta explain why everyone's older, it's f***ing animation man so you can go right back to those fantastic f***ing stories. You can't screw up the inheritance, that's for sure. You can't f-k it up, there's no reason not to do it, as long as you've got the key creative components, as long as Bruce Timm is involved, wants to be there. She could perfectly serve as inspiration for a series of Batman, the animated series. Adding a sequel to the classic Batman: The Animated Series to the library will only mean profit as there are huge fans of the show from that era for whom it would be nostalgic all over again, along with the new generation who would be introduced to some new stories connected with those classics.