Caped Crusader animated series perches atop a release date and first-look images

The new animated series, Batman: Caped Crusader, gets a 2024 release date alongside a gallery of first-look images.

With Marvel’s X-Men ’97 creating fan fervor every Wednesday, Warner Bros. and DC are getting in on the action with Batman: Caped Crusader, a new animated series from Warner Bros. Animation, Bad Robot Productions, and 6th Idaho. The highly anticipated series from executive producers J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, and Bruce Timm will swoop onto Prime Video on Thursday, August 1, 2024, with ten episodes bringing the Dark Knight to 240 territories. Additional executive producers include Ed Brubaker, James Tucker, Daniel Pipski, Rachel Rusch Rich, and Sam Register.

In Batman: Caped Crusader, the corrupt outnumber the good as criminals run rampant, and law-abiding citizens live in a constant state of fear in Gotham City. Forged in the fire of tragedy, wealthy socialite Bruce Wayne becomes something both more and less than human—the Batman. His one-man crusade for justice attracts unexpected allies within the GCPD and City Hall, but his heroic actions spawn deadly, unforeseen ramifications.

A gallery of first-look images for Batman: Caped Crusader teases several characters heading to the series, presented in Bruce Timm’s timeless and jaw-droppingly gorgeous style. The photos include looks at Dr. Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn, Commissioner Jim Gordon, Selena Kyle, Bruce Wayne, Clayface, and Batman.

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Batman: Caped Crusader, Clayface
Batman: Caped Crusader, Bruce Wayne
Batman: Caped Crusader, Catwoman

Batman: Caped Crusader was ordered by HBO Max and Cartoon Network nearly three years ago, with Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and Matt Reeves leading the series. However, Warner Bros. Discovery scrapped the series, but Amazon thankfully came to the rescue with a two-season order. The series is billed as a “reimagining of the Batman mythology” that will utilize “state-of-the-art animation techniques and technologies available, this powerful creative partnership will once again reinvent Batman and his iconic rogue’s gallery with sophisticated storytelling, nuanced characters and intense action sequences all set in a visually striking world.”

“We are beyond excited to be working together to bring this character back, to tell engrossing new stories in Gotham City,” J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves said in a joint statement when the project was first announced. “The series will be thrilling, cinematic and evocative of Batman’s noir roots, while diving deeper into the psychology of these iconic characters. We cannot wait to share this new world.”

Superhero animation fans are eating well with X-Men ’97 and Batman: Caped Crusader lighting up 2024 like a Christmas tree in Gotham City Square. If Caped Crusader grabs hold of Batman fans as tightly as X-Men ’97 is for mutant rights enthusiasts, we could be in for an animation revival unlike we’ve ever seen. Let’s go!

About the Author

Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He’s also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You’ll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.