Batman: Caped Crusader Cut by HBO Max

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Upcoming animated series Batman: Caped Crusader won’t be coming to HBO Max. According to TV Line, the show from Bruce Timm, Matt Reeves, and J.J. Abrams is one of six animated titles that have been pulled from HBO Max’s upcoming slate and will no longer be produced by the company.

However, all six will continue production with the intention of shopping them to other studios.

Announced last year, Batman: Caped Crusader is an interesting project – seemingly taking inspiration from Timm’s earlier work on the hugely popular Batman: The Animated Series.

“We are beyond excited to be working together to bring this character back, to tell engrossing new stories in Gotham City,” said the three producers in a joint statement. “The series will be thrilling, cinematic, and evocative of Batman’s noir roots while diving deeper into the psychology of these iconic characters. We cannot wait to share this new world.”

Considering Batman: The Animated Series appeared on HBO Max back in January, it felt like a slam dunk for the Warner Bros-owned online streaming service. After all, fans have been clamouring for more episodes of The Animated Series for as long as I can remember.

However, it looks as though HBO Max parent company Warner Bros. Discovery is continuing its cost-cutting mission as it prunes projects across the board.

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A side effect of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, the company has been cancelling projects left, right, and centre since the high-profile cancelation of Batgirl. We’ve seen 36 shows recently removed from the service as well as over 200 episodes of Sesame Street taken down.

Thought to be a cost-cutting measure, the cancelation and removal of shows is paving the way for the merger of HBO Max and Discovery+, the company’s two streaming services which are now set to become one.

Want to read more about Batman’s animated projects? Check out how The Batman adapts the Batmobile from The Animated Series, as well as which DC shows and movies could be affected by the recent Batgirl cancelation.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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