‘Batman: Caped Crusader’ Animated Series not moving forward at HBO MAX

Variety has reported that HBO Max has canceled six upcoming animated series, including Batman: Caped Crusader.

The project was ordered to series in May 2021 with Bruce Timm (Batman The Animated Series), J.J. Abrams (Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker, Matt Reeves (The Batman) attached to executive produce.

Batman: Caped Crusader was meant to build on the success of Batman: The Animated Series, which was co-created by Timm and aired on Fox Kids for 85 episodes from 1992-1995.

This is the second project from J.J. Abrams that Warner Bros. Discovery has recently decided not to move forward with — HBO let go of his science fiction drama Demimonde in June.

The decision not to release these series on HBO Max is part of a larger trend as parent company Warner Bros. Discovery largely divests from kids and family content.

For example, last week, kids programs including Little Ellen and several seasons of Sesame Street were removed from HBO Max, and earlier this month HBO and HBO Max laid off staffers from the kids and family department.

CEO David Zaslav noted this shift in priorities during WBD’s recent earnings call.

Additionally, after cancelling Gordita Chronicles after one season last month, a spokesperson for HBO Max said,

“Live-action kids and family programming will not be part of our programming focus in the immediate future.”

The other series to be cancelled are Merry Little Batman, The Day the Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie, Bye Bye Bunny: A Looney Tunes Musical, Did I Do That to The Holidays: A Steve Urkel Story and The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie.

Production on all six series continues, with plans to pitch them to platforms besides HBO Max.

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