According to the latest episode of the Fatman Beyond Podcast, which is run by co-hosts Marc Bernardin and Kevin Smith, the classic “Batman The Animated Series” (1992-1995) could be in the running for a revival or sequel of sorts on the HBO Max streaming platform.
“The rumor is that HBO Max is looking at making a Batman: The Animated Series sequel, that they want to continue that forward,” Smith said on behalf of the subject.
During the duration of the episode, Smith would express “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” However, Smith did respond to that statement with “I’m not involved, but I too have heard this and I’ve heard this from very reliable people.
“When I heard it I freaked out, and I heard this…I would say a month before you just said it. I think that’s real, I don’t think that’s a rumor, I wouldn’t say ‘Set your watch to it,’ but it’s an idea whose time is not only coming, I think it came, and it’s smoking a cigarette. I think that’s gonna happen. How f***ing amazing would that be because you can just literally pick up and keep going. 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 amazing f***ing stories”Kevin Smith
Smith has stated he’s not involved, due to the fact he’s currently working on Netflix’s new He-Man animated series. So he did explain that if this does proceed forward or garner traction. He predicted that a revival of Batman: The Animated Series could happen as soon as 2022.
“That to me is no brainer, you’ve got HBO Max, you’re already doing that amazing Harley Quinn show, you’re printing money if you go back and do Batman: The Animated Series. You can’t f**k up the legacy, that’s for damn sure,” Smith continued. “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. F***ing go for it for heaven’s sake.”
It would be interesting to see how both sides will react to this. On one hand, many fans do have a following and passionate fanbase for the classic portrayal of the Dark Knight, but certain things would need to be taken into effect.
For example, would the studio want to continue with a new animation style, or bring back the remaining actors who are still with us? Only time will tell. One thing that needs to be addressed if this goes through is will the series retain the spirit that made it magical and stand out during the late ’90s on the small screen and in the home of kids everywhere.
As of now no official word about this has been announced by WarnerMedia.