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Batman’s latest heroic exploit will be heard, not seen.
HBO Max is launching a Batman podcast titled Batman: The Audio Adventures, a comedic take on the property that sees Jeffrey Wright lending his voice as the Caped Crusader.
Dennis McNicholas, a longtime writer on Saturday Night Live, penned and directed the multiepisode series that hails from Warner Bros.’ Blue Ribbon Content division and will hit Warners’ streaming service sometime in 2021.
Audio Adventures is separate from DC’s multiyear deal with Spotify to create podcasts based on its characters. The furthest one along in that endeavor is also Bat-centric: Batman Unburied, which has David Goyer as creator and exec producer. (Blue Ribbon Content is also developing and producing that latter series.)
McNicholas produced the project with Angela Petrella (Stone Quackers, Golan the Insatiable). Jon Berg, the former Warner executive turned producer who worked on Justice League, Aquaman and Wonder Woman, is the executive producer.
Plot details are hidden in Crime Alley, but it is known to be a comedic take on the usual rain-soaked justice-dispensing crime-fighter.
That aspect is reflected in the cast, which includes several former and current SNL player, as well as other comedians. In addition to Wright, the all-star roll call includes Chris Parnell, Melissa Villaseñor, Seth Meyers, Brent Spiner, John Leguizamo, Ike Barinholtz, Bobby Moynihan, Kenan Thompson, Rosario Dawson, Jason Sudeikis, Alan Tudyk, Heidi Gardner, Brooke Shields, Paul Scheer, Tim Meadows, Fred Armisen, Ray Wise, Ben Rodgers, Katie Rich, Pete Schultz, Paula Pell, Toby Huss, and McNicholas.
Whom each member of the vast cast will portray is being kept in the Batvault for now.
Wright already has a major Bat-connection: He is playing classic character James Gordon in The Batman, Warners’ upcoming movie that stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne.
The Westworld player is well traveled in the voice acting world and is also voicing the part of the Watcher in Marvel’s upcoming animated series, What If…?
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Sterling K. Brown