Now that Star Wars: The Clone Wars has ended its decade-spanning, seven season run, Lucasfilm has started development on a new animated spinoff series titled Star Wars: The Bad Batch. The Disney+ original series is confirmed to debut in 2021 exclusively on the streaming service, though no other release details have been specified.
The titular Bad Batch — Hunter, Wrecker, Crosshair, Tech and Echo — first appeared in The Clone Wars Season 7 premiere as an elite team of genetically enhanced clonetroopers who are tasked with carrying out incredibly violent and dangerous missions that no regular clone could be trusted with. The spinoff is expected to examine the group after the end of the Clone Wars, searching for purpose as mercenaries for hire.
This news will assuredly excite the same Star Wars fans overjoyed that Disney+ had revived the critically acclaimed Clone Wars show for one last long-awaited season. Agnes Chu, the senior vice president of Content at Disney+, spoke of the final set of episodes and the future of the series in a press release today, saying:
Giving new and existing fans the final chapter of Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been our honor at Disney+, and we are overjoyed by the global response to this landmark series. While The Clone Wars may have come to its conclusion, our partnership with the groundbreaking storytellers and artists at Lucasfilm Animation is only beginning. We are thrilled to bring Dave Filoni’s vision to life through the next adventures of the Bad Batch.
The Bad Batch will see the return of executive producers Dave Filoni, Athena Portillo, Brad Rau and Jennifer Corbett, co-executive producer Carrie Beck and producer Josh Rimes. Rau will serve as supervising director and Corbett as head writer. There is no confirmation that Dee Bradely Baker will return to voice all five members of the Batch, nor if any existing franchise characters will appear. Considering this latest era of Star Wars is attempting an MCU-level of interconnected crossovers, it’s safe to say a few fan favorites are likely to pop up.
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Did You Know?
Though they did not debut until 2020, the original character designs for the Bad Batch were completed in 2011, a full decade before the spinoff series is expected to premiere.