Star Wars has been on a roll as of late. The franchise is thriving with its venture into Disney+ storytelling and shows no sign of slowing down. And it has not just been on the live-action side of things. In its time on the streaming network, the sci-fi universe has produced some excellent animated content. Among these animated adventures has been The Bad Batch.
The Clone Wars follow-up series follows a band of malfunctioning clones, who were not affected by Order 66. The crew is tasked with protecting a young unaltered clone (à la Boba Fett) named Omega, and from there the adventure unfolds.
At the time of its announcement, Season 2 of The Bad Batch was given a 2022 date with many assuming a spring release for the series. Well, despite this assumption, it looks as though the animated series could be slipping later into the year.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 Later Than Expected
Reddit user BZPJMJ64 uncovered in issue 209 of Star Wars Insider that The Bad Batch Season 2 may not be coming as soon as fans had hoped.
In past issues of the magazine, the project was listed with a Spring 2022 release window. That tag has now been removed and replaced with a "Coming Soon" label, with no new specific release timing stated.
Waiting on Clone Force 99
While this will surely upset some fans, a Spring 2022 release date was never officially announced for Bad Batch Season 2. Yes, it appeared in official material like Star Wars Insider, yey the animated series had never been widely promoted to have that Spring release date.
With Obi-Wan Kenobi in the hopper for late May, a Spring release would not have made sense unless Disney wanted to double-up on their Disney+ Star Wars. This is something that hasn't happened yet, but many assume that eventually - with the sheer number of projects coming down the line - it will have to happen. However, that time is not now.
So when will fans see Clone Force 99 again? Well, it is looking more and more like July or August would be a perfect time. This late summer window would allow for Obi-Wan to be out of the way but would be before the supposed release of Andor sometime this fall.
It all would work swimmingly, but the later Disney pushes it, the closer the studio will get to having to break that double-up seal.
The Bad Batch Season 2 is set to debut sometime in 2022, but the exact timing remains unknown.