The axe continues to be swung at Warner Bros. and it is DC properties that continue to feel the brunt of the cuts as they attempt to trim the DCEU into something like a coherent, high quality product.
Last week 40 animated shows were canned. This week another six have just been given their papers. Merry Little Batman, Did I Do That to the Holidays: A Steve Urkel Story, The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie, and two different Looney Tunes movies – The Day the Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie and Bye Bye Bunny: A Looney Tunes Musical.
The sixth is the one that raises eyebrows. Batman: Caped Crusader has been axed. This was the long awaited follow-up to Batman: The Animated Series, hailing from none other that Bruce Timm himself. The other names attached are what really give you pause for thought. Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, brought in to get his hands on the DCEU and now seemingly being side-lined one slice at a time. The other Executive Producer? Matt Reeves!
Batman: Caped Crusader was potentially the spiritual successor to The Animated Series which many hold up as the best adaption of Batman ever put to the screen. Original creator Bruce Timm partnered up with the director of the new iteration, The Batman, seemed to hold promise and present a chance for some synergy. Apparently not.
We doubt this means anything for Reeves and the continuation of The Batman, but rather the hard headed approach being taken at Wanrer Bros. Discovery since the arrival of David Zaslav.
The hashtag “#FireDavidZaslav” started trending on Twitter shortly after the announcements.
In other Bat-related news, it looks like Warner Bros. were so ruthless in their axing of Batgirl, and so disappointed in the results, that when the directors logged onto the media server to retrieve some of their work they found it had already been deleted.