Holy podcast, Batman!
At Comic-Con in Los Angeles over the weekend, actor Kevin Conroy (Batman) and John Glover (The Riddler) announced that the story of Batman: The Animated Series may not be over just yet.
The actors announced that an audio drama extension of the ’90s animated series is currently in development, with writer Alan Burnett at the helm.
“It’s a great script by Alan Burnett and it brings back the original cast, Conroy said during the “History of the Batman” panel, hosted by Londyn Jackson.
Added Glover: “The Riddler’s back, and he’s evolved in many ways … He understands he’s on the spectrum.”
Batman: The Animated Series is beloved by fans of the DC franchise. Running from 1992-1995, the series was set in a 1940s-style Gotham and leaned into the noir detective genre.
The series cemented Conray in fans’ minds as THE voice of Batman, and launched the character of Harley Quinn (Arleen Sorkin) into the mainstream DC Universe.
The series won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in 1992, and also had a spin-off film, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
No cast members have been confirmed to return yet, but Conroy did tell fans that “Danny Elfman will write the theme”.
True Batman fans will know that this isn’t the only Batman podcast in the works at the moment, though!
Batman: The Audio Adventures is being developed by HBO Max, starring Jeffrey Wright as Batman, and there’s also a Spotify original on the way. Batman Unburied will star Winston Duke as the Caped Crusader, and is being overseen by The Dark Knight screenwriter David S. Goyer.
Meanwhile, on the film front, The Batman starring Robert Pattinson is due to land in cinemas on March 4, 2022. The highly anticipated movie, which is directed by Matt Reeves, seems to give us the most tortured and nihilistic version of Bruce Wayne (Pattinson) yet — perhaps even darker than in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
The Batman also stars Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson and Jayme Lawson as mayoral candidate Bella Reál.