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The Bat-family may be getting back together in podcast form.
On Saturday during Los Angeles Comic Con, actor Kevin Conroy (Batman) and John Glover (the Riddler) revealed that an audio drama was in the works that will continue the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series. According to the actors, Batman: The Animated Series writer Alan Burnett is developing the project.
“It’s a great script by Alan Burnett and it brings back the original cast,” Conroy said during the “History of the Batman” panel, hosted by Londyn Jackson.
Added Glover: “The Riddler’s back, and he’s evolved in many ways. … He understands he’s on the spectrum.”
The panel also featured Will Friedle, who starred in Batman Beyond as Terry McGinnis/Batman.
Batman: The Animated Series, which ran for 85 episodes from 1992-95, also voice-starred Mark Hamill as the Joker and introduced the world to the show’s breakout character, Harley Quinn (Arleen Sorkin). It was set in a 1940s-style world and embraced the noir nature of the Dark Knight. It also established Conroy as what many consider the definitive Batman voice actor, and jumped to the big screen for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. The series won the Emmy for outstanding animated program in 1993.
While it is unknown which castmembers might return for the audio drama, surviving voice actors include Paul Williams (the Penguin), Richard Moll (Two-Face), David Warner (Ra’s Al Ghul), Diane Pershing (Poison Ivy), Adrienne Barbeau (Catwoman), Ron Perlman (Clayface), Melissa Gilbert (Barbara Gordon) and Loren Lester (Dick Grayson/Nightwing).
There are multiple Batman audio dramas in the marketplace. HBO Max has Batman: The Audio Adventures, starring Jeffrey Wright as Batman, while Spotify has the upcoming Batman Unburied, starring Winston Duke as the Caped Crusader, with The Dark Knight screenwriter David S. Goyer overseeing. Marvel, too, has delved into the audio drama space, with Wolverine: The Long Night and Wolverine: The Last Trail. Meanwhile, Bruce Timm, the animator behind Batman: The Animated Series, is developing a separate animated Batman show with J.J. Abrams and The Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves. That series will bow on HBO Max.
No distribution platform has been revealed for the new podcast. But Conroy revealed another veteran of the ’90s animated series is attached to the project. Said Conroy: “Danny Elfman will write the theme.”
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