A while back, there were rumors about a potential animated series that will revolve around characters from the recently-finished Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Kessel Run Transmissions initially shared that the series will follow the post-Clone Wars adventures of Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex, which will be set after the Siege of Mandalore.
On top of that, rumors started to ramp up as it has been widely believed that the animated show will heavily feature The Bad Batch characters Hunter, Crosshair, Tech, Wrecker, and Echo. And now, it seems that the rumors are true since Star Wars has officially confirmed that a new animated series will make its Disney+ debut soon.
Star Wars has officially confirmed that The Bad Batch animated series will debut next year on Disney+.
Meanwhile, ABC Correspondent Clayton Sandel followed up the announcement with a tweet:
NEW! Today Disney+ ordered its next animated series from Lucasfilm, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” Fresh off of the critically-acclaimed series finale of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” the Disney+ original series will premiere on the streaming service in 2021. pic.twitter.com/cCZ87gOj3G— Clayton Sandell (@Clayton_Sandell) July 13, 2020
Based on the official announcement, the series will look to tell the story of how the Bad Batch will take on "daring mercenary missions" while finding "a new purpose" during the aftermath of the Clone Wars:
"The series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch — a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill, which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose."
Agnes Chu, senior vice president of content for Disney+, shared that their "partnership with the groundbreaking storytellers and artists at Lucasfilm animation is only the beginning," hinting that there will be more animated projects after The Bad Batch:
“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.”
As expected, the latest animated series will be executive produced by Clone Wars creator Dave Filoni, and he will be joined by other veteran creators under the Star Wars umbrella:
Star Wars: The Bad Batch is executive produced by Dave Filoni (The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Athena Portillo (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Brad Rau (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance) and Jennifer Corbett (Star Wars Resistance, NCIS) with Carrie Beck (The Mandalorian, Star Wars Rebels) as co-executive producer and Josh Rimes as producer (Star Wars Resistance). Rau is also serving as supervising director with Corbett as head writer.
WHAT THIS MEANS
It will be interesting to see how The Bad Batch will fit into the larger Star Wars narrative. While Star Wars: Rebels already provided fans a glimpse of the aftermath of the acclaimed Clone Wars series, many would agree that there are still more stories to tell to better explain the complete narrative. In a way, The Bad Batch animated series will look to follow the tradition of the franchise of filling in the timeline gaps through captivating stories about their characters.
By following a squad of clones instead of the usual clash between the light and dark side of the Force, The Bad Batch will look to provide a fresh wave of stories while also exploring the dynamic of the amusing members of the crew. In doing so, it seems that the animated series will look to emulate the success of The Mandalorian in terms of diving into the lore of mercenary.
The comments of Disney+'s Agnes Chu should provide hope to a lot of Star Wars fans who are eager for new content moving forward. It remains to be seen what stories will be in store for the future, but the imminent debut of The Bad Batch could hint at more storylines that will be explored in other future properties.