First ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Trailer Shown Off At Disney Investor Day
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For Disney Investor Day on December 10, it was announced the upcoming Star Wars TVand film projects. On top of the already officially confirmed The Bad Batch, Andor, and Obi-Wan Kenobi shows, we will be having a High Republic era mystery-thriller titled The Acolyte, two shows set around the timeframe of The Mandalorian titled Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic, the Lando show, and series of anime short films titled Visions. On the films side, there will be a Disney+ adventure film titled A Droid Story, which follows a new character guided by Artoo and Threepio, and a December 2023 theatrical(?) film titled Rogue Squadron, directed by Patty Jenkins.
Now doubt that all of these projects will have their fair share of reporting. For this article, let's take a look at the trailer that was released for the upcoming animated show The Bad Batch:
At the start, we get an opening shot of Kamino, where the clone troopers were created. At a glance, one might mistake it for a live-action shot. It is that good. Then we get a shot about the familiar characters we last saw in the Bad Batch arc of The Clone Wars season 7: Hunter, Wrecker, Crosshairs, Tech, and Echo. As the trailer progresses, it is clear that some of the series overlaps with Revenge of the Sith, as we see Palpatine declaring that the Galactic Republic is now the Galactic Empire. We had heard that the series will deal with these clones figuring out their purpose after the Clone Wars, and it is nice to see that it is leaving no stone unturned.
We also see a character who wears a hat that may look familiar to some. Could this be Fennec Shand, whom we recently saw in The Mandalorian? Or is this simply another character with a similar fashion sense? I think that the former is more likely. If there is some multimedia synergy going on, this could potentially be a younger Fennec Shand nearly three decades prior to where we saw her recently. Further in the trailer, there may be another connection to The Mandalorian, which recently depicted a canonical version of the Dark Troopers. The apparent predecessors to these appeared in the form of sentry droids in Star Wars Rebels, and it appears that we are seeing something of this sort earlier in the timeline.
We also see crashed Star Destroyers, which may bring Jakku from the sequel trilogy to mind. It is possible that we are seeing scrapyards, similar to the ones we saw in last year's hit video game Jedi: Fallen Order, which also took place in the post-Clone Wars era.
At the end of the trailer, we get the red logo for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the show that spawned this spin-off. The logo burns away, revealing the logo for The Bad Batch. This is a nice acknowledgement of the upcoming TV show's heritage, showing that it is all connected and that this will feel somewhat like a continuation of the beloved series that ended earlier this year.
While there is no release date confirmed for the upcoming series, there have been rumors and reports of the show getting released in spring 2021. It seems like a safe bet, but we will just have to wait and see when it comes out. In any case, it bodes well that there was a trailer ready for the show. It is sure to build up hype among the fans. The future of Star Wars television is looking bright.
Written By Steven Shinder
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