Ed Brubaker has signed on to pen Batman for TV.
Ed Brubaker On Board – Why Is This A Big Deal? Who is Also Involved?
The man who co-wrote The Winter Soldier for Marvel has joined DC’s creative team for the upcoming Batman: Caped Crusader. He will be head writer alongside showrunner and legend Bruce Timm, one of the minds responsible for the groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series.
However, it’s not just animation muscle that’s secreted away in Bruce’s utility belt. His executive producers are The Batman director Matt Reeves and fellow filmmaker J.J. Abrams, the latter of whom has experience on the small screen as well, with the series Lost.
This 10-episode series, scheduled to debut on HBO Max, is said to be influenced by the original BTAS, a notion Brubaker identifies with:
[That show] was one of the things that made me want to write superhero comics in general, and Batman in particular.
Thus, in the early 2000s, Ed worked with the late artist Darwyn Cooke on Catwoman, as well as the acclaimed Gotham Central alongside Greg Rucka and Michael Lark. The impact the latter made served as a strong influence on the FOX TV series Gotham.
Brubaker was also the writer of an extremely popular run on the flagship Batman title, alongside the amazing artist Scott McDaniel. His work on the Caped Crusader from 2000-2003 included contributions to huge inter-title crossover storylines such as “Bruce Wayne: Murderer?”, and “Bruce Wayne: Fugitive”, as well as a stint on Detective Comics, so he’s no stranger to Gotham’s Dark Knight.
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Although there are no specific details, Brubaker elaborated on the BTAS influence. For those who have never seen the 1992 cartoon, the backgrounds and characters took a strong influence from the Max Fleisher Superman animated shorts. There was technology and computers but seen through the lens of 1940s aesthetic. Further, all animated cels were painted on black paper to give the results a moody feel, a method coined as “Dark Deco.”
From a writing standpoint, the team opted for a mature line of stories to give Batman and his supporting cast psychological complexity. Brubaker teases:
[Bruce and company’s] vision for the show, with a slightly more pulpy take on [Batman], and a new way of looking at the world of Gotham, set in the past but viewed through a modern lens really [sold me. All] I can say is, it’s not what anyone is [expecting,] but in a good way.
There is no release date at the present time for Batman: Caped Crusader.