Ed Brubaker Joins ‘Batman: Caped Crusader’ Creative Team

by Erik Amaya

Criminal‘s Ed Brubaker is bringing some of his expertise to the highly anticipated HBO Max animated series Batman: Caped Crusader.

The program, first teased last May, comes from J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, James Tucker, and Bruce Timm. That roster of talent already suggests a certain type of series. At the time, the producers said it will be “thrilling, cinematic and evocative of Batman’s noir roots, while diving deeper into the psychology of these iconic characters.” At October’s DC FanDome, Timm said his quick pitch for the show is “more Batman: The Animated Series than Batman: The Animated Series.” Set in the Batman’s early years — even before his friendship with Jim Gordon — the Caped Crusader is the lone costumed hero in the world and still making it up as he goes along. But beyond the German expressionist roots of Batman: TAS, expect new looks at the characters, gadgets, and relationships.

Brubaker joins as head writer and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he will act as “Timm’s right hand.” The job also comes with an executive producer credit.

The addition of the writer, predominately known these days for his crime comics with artist Sean Phillips, is one of the most exciting developments yet for the project. With books like Pulp, and The Fade Out under his belt, he can bring a new angle to animated Batman stories. He is also quite familiar with the character having written the main Batman title, Catwoman, and co-creating Gotham Central with Greg Rucka. In fact, one hopes some of that book’s characters, like Crispus Allen, find their way into Caped Crusader‘s Gotham City Police Department.

Then ten-episode first season of Batman: Caped Crusader is expected later this year.

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