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Star Wars spin-off The Bad Batch to see return of fan-favorite character

Published: 22/Nov/2020 17:08

by Emma Soteriou

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The Bad Batch will reportedly see Bo Katan’s return in the Star Wars animated series, which will be available to stream from 2021.

Disney Plus brought fans one last season of The Clone Wars in 2020, giving a satisfying end to the show and also the opportunity for a new spin-off – The Bad Batch.

The group of clones, introduced in episode one of Season 7, are labeled the ‘Bad Batch’ due to them all being genetic mutations, from Tech, who has enhanced intelligence, to Wrecker who is extra strong.

By the end of their story arc, the team of four soon had a new addition in Echo and set off on their next mission, which fans are soon to learn more about.

Echo, Captain Rex and the bad batch
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Echo joined the group in Season 7, leaving Captain Rex

Who will be returning in The Bad Batch?

Set after Revenge of the Sith and Order 66, The Bad Batch will have a lot of questions to answer, especially around what happened with Clone Force 99’s inhibitor chips during the events of Order 66.

That being said, it seems that one thing is clear, and that is that the group will be bumping into a few familiar faces on their adventures, including the famous Bo Katan.

According to reports from Cinelinx, multiple sources have confirmed that the Mandalorian will be appearing in the animated series, along with others who are yet to be confirmed.

This will be shortly after the Siege of Mandalore, so it will be interesting to see the direct impact those events had on her character as well as seeing her join forces with the group.

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Bo Katan had her live-action debut in The Mandalorian

After having just had her debut in the live-action Star Wars universe, there is no surprise that fans are yet to see even more of Bo Katan, who was first established in The Clone Wars and Rebels. It was voice actor Katee Sackhoff who took on the role for The Mandalorian too.

The Bad Batch was announced to be in the works in July, but little else has been heard about the upcoming series. Following the announcement, Disney’s Head of Content, Agnes Chu, said: “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.”

There is likely to be a trailer or teaser on the way for the show soon, considering the release date continues to near closer.

The Bad Batch is expected to be available to stream on Disney Plus from around spring 2021.

Gaming

Spider-Verse producer wants Spider-Man: Miles Morales glitches in sequel

Published: 28/Nov/2020 19:29

by Theo Salaun

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The transformational glitches in Spider-Man: Miles Morales are pretty hilarious. So hilarious, in fact, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s producer, screenplay and story writer, Phil Lord, wants to use them in the hit movie’s sequel.

Lord and his filmmaking duo, Christopher Miller, are no strangers to animation or comedy. With titles like Spider-Verse, Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street under their shared filmmaking belt, it’s no wonder that the two are unafraid of getting a little weird with the animated Spider-Man flick’s sequel.

And if you want inspiration for red and blue weirdness, look no further than the Miles Morales game. Playable on PS4 and PS5, the title has apparently been a massive success, with 97 percent of Google users enjoying it. While people are typically annoyed with launch day bugs, the issues with this one are just too funny to chastise. 

With weird, viral videos of players transforming into various inanimate objects, it was actually a transformation of a patio heater that caught Lord’s eye. Now, it appears that “Heater Parker” could become a reality in Spider-Verse 2.

Since the original Spider-Verse movie was chock-full of absurdities and goofy odes to different genres or pop-culture references, invoking a video game’s glitch should be no problem. And, as far as content goes, few things evoke comedic surrealism as much as a patio heater using a web to swing from building to building in New York City.

For Lord, at least, the randomized development mistake appears too funny to ignore as film inspiration: “We’re putting this in Spider-Verse 2 if we have any self-respect at all.”

Hopefully, he and Miller have as much self-respect as the title’s developers, Insomniac Games, have humility. In response to Lord’s tweet, which has since gone viral, the game’s makers couldn’t help but acknowledge their imperfections with a pun.

While we were under the impression that patio heaters were meant to heat patios, not hearts, the Insomniac reflection remains accurate: this silly, inanimate object glitch is “equally as embarrassing as it is heartwarming.”

But, above all else, they’re just funny. It could legitimately be one of gaming and cinema’s greatest, most randomly inspired crossovers if Spider-Verse 2 involves an alternate dimensional Heater Parker.