Star Wars: The Bad batch. Photo: Hypebeast
Star Wars: The Bad batch. Photo: Hypebeast

Star Wars: The Bad Batch release date

The release date for Star Wars: The Bad Batch was confirmed in February 2021 – the series premieres on Star Wars Day 2021, May 4, with further episodes rolling out every Friday starting on May 7, according to Techradar.

Where to watch Star Wars: The Bad Batch?

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.

What is Star Wars: The Bad Batch about?

In the days after Order 66, we return to see how the devastating event affected the elite troop of mutated clones known as The Bad Batch, first introduced in The Clone Wars.

Each member possesses a singular exceptional skill which helped make them among the most successful soldiers of the entire Republic, but in the post-Clone War era, they find themselves lacking purpose.

Taking on dangerous missions as mercenaries, they attempt to forge a new path through the galaxy, as cited by Radiotimes.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Cast

Photo: Best Toppers
Photo: Best Toppers

For the most part, the cast of The Bad Batch will consist of voice actor Dee Bradley Baker playing all the different members of the squad. Since 2008, Baker has voiced the Clone Troopers in the animated versions of The Clone Wars and Rebels. Canonically, Baker represents Temuera Morrison's voice, who played Jango Fett and all the Clones in the prequels, not to mention Boba Fett in The Mandalorian and upcoming spinoff The Book of Boba Fett.

The only other confirmed member of The Bad Batch cast is Ming-Na Wen as Bounty Hunter Fennec Shand. Wen is playing a younger version of Fennec Shand, who was first introduced in The Mandalorian Season 1, and who made a triumphant comeback in Season 2 alongside the aforementioned Fett. Although many characters from The Clone Wars and Rebels appeared or were referenced in The Mandalorian, this is the first time the reverse has happened — a Mandalorian character appearing in a new Star Wars cartoon, said inverse.

Who is writing Star Wars: The Bad Batch

Dave Filoni is serving as the executive producer of The Bad Batch, but it appears the head writer will be fellow-producer Brad Rau, who previously worked on Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistance. Athena Portillo, Carrie Beck, and Josh Rimes are also producing. Basically, if you've followed animated Star Wars for the past several years, nearly all the same storytellers are involved.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Trailer

As the trailer indicates, it seems like The Bad Batch takes place right after Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith, perhaps even during the moments that the Emperor "reorganizes" the Republic into the Empire. In Star Wars timeline-speak, that means The Bad Batch will begin in roughly 19 BBY. However, it seems possible that the series could span more time than just this specific year and era.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Rumors

That's pretty much it from the official announcement for now, but Kessel Run Transmissions, which successfully reported on the specifics of the series ahead of its official announcement, offered a few more details that weren't in the reveal (via r/StarWarsLeaks). Consider these rumors.

The highlights here are potential limited appearances for popular The Clone Wars characters Ahsoka Tano and Rex.

The show's hosts also believe a sequel series to Star Wars: Rebels (another CG animated series) is in the works alongside The Bad Batch. So you could, in theory, get two Star Wars animated series in the works concurrently.

Star Wars fans have a lot to be excited about on Disney Plus in the coming years, alongside the four confirmed live-action series (The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Cassian Andor and a fourth untitled TV show).

The Bad Batch, though, promises to go deeper into the lives of the Clone soldiers after Order 66 has been called, which is a side of the Star Wars universe that deserves to be explored in more detail.

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