Caped Crusader Adds Ed Brubaker to HBO Max Show – The Hollywood Reporter

Acclaimed comic book author Ed Brubaker has joined the creative team of Batman: Caped Crusader, the animated series in the works at HBO Max and Cartoon Network.

Award-winning animation veteran Bruce Timm directs and produces the series, which also features executive producers JJ Abrams and Matt Reeves, the director behind the upcoming Warner Bros. tent pole, the batter. James Tucker is co-exec producer.

Brubaker runs the writer’s room with Timm and acts as Timm’s right-hand man. He also earns an executive producer credit on the show, which: The Hollywood Reporter has learned that it will have a 10-episode first season. Brubaker will be the lead writer of the series.

Details remain deep in the bat cave, but when the show was announced in May 2021, the producers were listening to Timm’s genre-defining 1990s Batman: the animated series as a benchmark, saying the goal was to “reinvent Batman and his iconic villainous gallery with sophisticated storytelling, nuanced characters, and intense action sequences, all in a visually striking world.” Check out the exclusive early development art piece above.

Brubaker may be best known as the co-creator of The Winter Soldier, the popular Marvel character who co-headed his own Disney+ series last year, but over the past decade he’s built a career delving into the depths of the immoral mind with its fleshy and praised criminal and Reckless comic works. (Winter Soldier actor Sebastian Stan teased fans with a photo of himself reading last month) Reckless comic strip.)

And Brubaker is no stranger to the world of the Caped Crusader. In fact, the books that helped create Brubaker’s name were Batbooks from the early 2000s, including the highly regarded cat lady comics with artist Darwyn Cooke. He was also the co-writer and co-creator of Gotham Central, which took a street-level police perspective for Gotham City’s underbelly.

“Here’s something few people know, but the original Batman: the animated series was one of the things that made me want to write superhero comics in general, and Batman in particular,” said Brubaker. THR in a statement. “If it’s not for what Bruce Timm and all the talented writers and artists have done with that show, then things like my revamp of… cat lady with Darwyn Cooke (who collaborated on BTAS) and Gotham Central with Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, would never have happened. So when Bruce Timm offered me the opportunity to work with him, James Tucker, JJ Abrams and Matt Reeves on this new Batman remake, I jumped at it.”

He continued, “Their vision for the show, with a slightly meatier take on the character and a new way of looking at the world of Gotham, set in the past but viewed through a modern lens, really sold me, and so far every part of it has been great to work on cant wait for the rest of the world to see what we have built in the writers room over the past few months all i can say is its not what anyone expected… but in a good way.”

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