After the conclusion of the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, many fans wondered what the next Star Wars animated series might be. Fans need no longer wonder as Lucasfilm and Disney+ have announced Star Wars: The Bad Batch will premiere on the streaming service in 2021.
The Bad Batch spins out of the opening arc of The Clone Wars‘ seventh season which saw Clone Force 99 – ‘The Bad Batch’ – introduced. These four clones – Hunter, Crosshairs, Wrecker and Tech – were born with genetic mutations that differentiated them from the regular Clone Troopers and were trained as an elite squad for high risk missions. By the end of the arc, former Arc Trooper Echo had also joined the squad after suffering through experiments done on him while he was a prisoner held by the Separatists. The series will take place in the aftermath of The Clone Wars and after the Jedi were wiped out in Order 66.
The official synopsis for the series says that it “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.”
“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,” said Agnes Chu, senior vice president, Content, Disney+. “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.”
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.
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