What with the re-jigged release date for The Batman, fans are in for a longer wait than planned to get their next on-screen Dark Knight fix, but there’s another project in the works that should go some ways to fill the Bat-shaped void in our lives. HBO Max have revealed that they’ve developed a Batman podcast that will put a comedic slant on the vigilante hero’s tales, with the cape and cowl being inherited this time by actor Jeffrey Wright.
Wright is of course famous for such celebrated genre roles as Felix Leiter in the Bond series, Bernard Lowe in the once-brilliant Westworld, and Beetee in The Hunger Games trilogy. He’s no stranger to superhero fiction either, as not only will he be voicing The Watcher for Marvel Studios’ What If…? on Disney+ later this year, but he’ll also be portraying James Gordon in the aforementioned Matt Reeves movie, The Batman. (Has anybody else ever taken dual roles in the same universe?)
Batman: The Audio Adventures, as it’s known, is written by Saturday Night Live veteran Dennis McNicholas and will feature an array of familiar voices such as Chris Parnell (Rick & Morty), Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Paul Scheer (Star Trek: Lower Decks), Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), John Leguizamo (Star Wars: The Mandalorian), Rosario Dawson (Star Wars: The Mandalorian), Jason Sudeikis (Star Wars: The Mandalorian), Fred Armisen (Star Wars: Resistance), Bobby Moynihan (Star Wars: Resistance), and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks).
There’s currently no date for when Batman: The Audio Adventures will arrive, but it will most certainly be before our next trip to Gotham in The Batman, which has a pandemic-pending March 4th, 2022 release date pencilled in. If the recent rumours of a HBO Max relaunch of Batman: The Animated Series come to pass, we've got a hell of a lot of Bat-related to get excited for. More news as we get it!