If you were left wondering what happened to our beloved Bad Batch at the end of The Clone Wars, you’ll likely get some answers very soon. Disney has announced a new Clone Wars spinoff series called Star Wars: The Bad Batch, which will explore the adventures of Wrecker, Crosshair, Echo, Hunter, and Tech after Order 66 and the Rise of the Empire. The series will hit Disney+ in 2021.
Does this series mean that the Bad Batch escaped the clone brain-washing involved with Order 66? Disney hasn’t confirmed as much, but the press release teases that the new series will see the Bad Batch “taking on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose” and they’ll have to “find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War.” So it does sound like Clone Force 99 has defected from the Imperial Army.
In case you missed their introduction earlier this year, the Bad Batch is a special squad of clones that have been genetically enhanced with unique abilities. The team is made up of Wrecker, who has enhanced strength; Crosshair, whose enhanced eyesight makes him an excellent marksman; Tech, who has enhanced intelligence; and Hunter, who has enhanced senses. And then there’s Echo, a clone trooper who joined the Bad Batch during the final season of The Clone Wars after being turned into a cyborg by the Separatists.
“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 of content at 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 veteran Dave Filoni (The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) is back to executive produce the spinoff series, along with 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.
Disney didn’t share when production might start on the series or how many episodes the series will be. Is it a limited series or a full-length series on par with The Clone Wars, Rebels, and Resistance?
We’ll keep you updated as we hear more!