BATMAN: CAPED CRUSADER Producer Bruce Timm Says Dark Knight "Weaponises Alfred" In "Week Two" Story

BATMAN: CAPED CRUSADER Producer Bruce Timm Says Dark Knight "Weaponises Alfred" In "Week Two" Story

Batman: Caped Crusader producer Bruce Timm has revealed a unique dynamic for Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth in the Prime Video series and says the story takes place in "Week Two" rather than "Year One."

By JoshWilding - Jul 02, 2024 10:07 AM EST
Filed Under: Batman (Animated)
Source: Empire (via

Bruce Timm is responsible for Batman: The Animated Series and returns to the Dark Knight's world with next month's Batman: Caped Crusader when the series launches on Prime Video.

Produced by Timm alongside J.J. Abrams and The Batman director Matt Reeves, the series takes place in the 1940s and pulls inspiration from the character's earliest comic book adventures. The setting isn't the only big change, though, as Timm says this story plays out even earlier in Batman's vigilante career than Frank Miller's "Year One." 

"Batman is so early in his career that in the first episode, he’s still an urban myth," he tells Empire Online (via "It’s not 'Year One.' It’s more like 'Week Two.'"

Elaborating on what looks to be a very different approach to Batman, Timm adds, "I wanted to make him kind of weird, and spooky. If you’re stuck in a room with Batman, whether you’re Commissioner Gordon or Barbara Gordon or Renee Montoya, you don’t feel comfortable. You’re kind of like, 'What is this guy? What’s this all about?'"

"He weaponises Alfred," he says of this Bruce Wayne. "He’s not Batman’s surrogate father anymore. He’s a guy that’s going to enable him to fight crime. That’s how focused [Bruce] is. It’s a weird take on him. But it’s something I don’t think we’ve seen before."

It doesn't sound like we're getting a traditional take on Batman in the show and that may be a good thing given how familiar his origin story is at this stage. However, it also runs the risk of upsetting fans who like seeing the character portrayed in a very specific way.

You can also see a new still from Batman: Caped Crusader below.

Welcome to Gotham City, where the corrupt outnumber the good, criminals run rampant and law-abiding citizens live in a constant state of fear. Forged in the fire of tragedy, wealthy socialite Bruce Wayne becomes something both more and less than human—the BATMAN. His one-man crusade for justice attracts unexpected allies within the GCPD and City Hall, but his heroic actions spawn deadly, unforeseen ramifications.

The series is a reimagining of the Batman mythology through the visionary lens of executive producers J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves and Bruce Timm. Batman: Caped Crusader hails from Warner Bros. Animation, Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and Reeves' 6th & Idaho.

Along with Abrams, Reeves and Timm, the show's executive producers include Ed Brubaker, James Tucker, Daniel Pipski, Rachel Rusch Rich, and Sam Register.

Confirmed Batman: Caped Crusader cast members include Midnight Mass star Hamish Linklater as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch) as Harley Quinn, Christina Ricci (Wednesday) as Catwoman, and Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show) as Harvey Dent. 

Other actors lending their voices to the series in currently undisclosed roles include Minnie Driver, Eric Morgan Stuart, Michelle C. Bonilla, Krystal Joy Brown, John DiMaggio, McKenna Grace, Jason Watkins, Paul Scheer, Reid Scott, Gary Anthony Williams, Dan Donohue, David Krumholtz, Haley Joel Osment, and Toby Stephens.

Batman: Caped Crusader premieres on Prime Video on August 1. 

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ItsNotForMeWahh - 7/2/2024, 10:36 AM
I didn't watch the animated series as a kid, was on a channel that didn't come through for me in the country, how are fans of that show feeling about this direction?

I must say I'm intrigued
The1st - 7/2/2024, 10:38 AM
@ItsNotForMeWahh - Alfred seems to be the flavor of the months.
FireandBlood - 7/2/2024, 10:44 AM
@ItsNotForMeWahh - As someone who grew up watching the OG animated show on Cartoon Network (UK) and loves it when they lean more crime-noir with Batman, this show looks like a dream come true.
ItsNotForMeWahh - 7/2/2024, 10:46 AM
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ItsNotForMeWahh - 7/2/2024, 10:48 AM
@FireandBlood - It does really look interesting, it is reassuring to see involvement from the animated series producer. Looking forward to hearing what people think once it is out
The1st - 7/2/2024, 10:58 AM
@ItsNotForMeWahh - Well I mean he's been dead recently...basically, it seems like Bruce is going the Lex route with Alfred to make him able to defend himself more adequately. Not really sure how to feel about it. But that's also because no matter how much we all love Batman...he's a little off. Tim isn't kidding when he says Batman needs a Robin.
ItsNotForMeWahh - 7/2/2024, 11:00 AM
@The1st - I thought Alfred was supposed to be OP and make Superman his bitch
Evansly - 7/2/2024, 11:05 AM
@The1st - It does seem strange to use Alfred like that. I liked him more as a conscience role that would occasionally pull out his badassery
MotherGooseUPus - 7/2/2024, 12:08 PM
@ItsNotForMeWahh - as someone who grew up watching Batman TAS and think its the GOAT coimic book show... this new show has me wicked pumped. the fact Timm is running the show means itll be great, imo
lazlodaytona - 7/2/2024, 12:27 PM
@ItsNotForMeWahh -

"It doesn't sound like we're getting a traditional take on Batman in the show and that may be a good thing given how familiar his origin story is at this stage."

In Timm we trust 🙏🛐
ItsNotForMeWahh - 7/2/2024, 12:35 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it
FireandBlood - 7/2/2024, 10:40 AM
This show sounds perfect 🤩
harryba11zack - 7/2/2024, 10:46 AM
bruce timm lost me when he adapted the Killing joke, and anything JJ touches normally goes to sh1t so unless I hear good things from normal people then I'm gonna give this one a pass.
ObserverIO - 7/2/2024, 12:35 PM
@harryba11zack - I thought they adapted it well. That opening mini-movie was shit though. And people hate that Bruce and Barbara got it on, but that's also the case with the beloved DCAU. That's just Timm's take on the mythos, in the bat-gospel according to Timm, Bruce [frick]s Barbara. It'll probably be the same in this new show, but it won't make it any less awesome, it's just a take.
I like how it added an extra dimension to the bad blood between Bruce and Dick. And it shows that Bruce really doesn't give a [frick] and is quite selfish.
harryba11zack - 7/2/2024, 12:51 PM
@ObserverIO - a teacher phucking one of his students doesn't add an extra dimension, it just makes him a phucking creep.
ObserverIO - 7/2/2024, 1:54 PM
@harryba11zack - which is an extra dimension.
Spawnnn - 7/2/2024, 10:53 AM
My penis is pretty short.
ObserverIO - 7/2/2024, 12:39 PM
@Spawnnn - so it's pretty.
Deadinside - 7/2/2024, 2:50 PM
@ObserverIO - 👍 Always the optimist...! ☮️😋
TheVisionary25 - 7/2/2024, 10:54 AM
Interesting , seems like we’ll have a Bruce & Alfred that are more in unison with each and the latter supports his crime fighting endeavor as opposed to other versions…

I prefer the latter since it can lead to compelling drama but it could be fun to see them work as a team too so we’ll see.

Also , I think this is meant to be Barbara Gordon (the red hair is a giveaway)…

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I can already see Timm trying to do a romance between her and Bruce lol but I guess I would be more ok with it here since he isn’t her mentor.

Anyway , looking forward to this!!.
Origame - 7/2/2024, 11:14 AM
Can't wait for legislation to prevent us all from weaponizing our Alfred.
Deadinside - 7/3/2024, 1:00 PM
@Origame - 😳 WHAT...? NO...! I weaponize my Alfred a few times a week, at least...!
Wait, what exactly are we talking about here...? ☮️🤔
HermanM - 7/2/2024, 11:18 AM
Too bad about the anti white race replaced castings and changes to LGBTQP sexuality that wouldn't even be found in 30s entertainment media at the time much less as something common in the US at the time, but other than that, this show sounds great and I'm very much looking forward to its take on Batman. The batmobile looks awesome and I love Timm's art style. Linklater's voice also sounded much better and more natural in the actual trailer for the show rather than that quick narration teaser from a few weeks ago.

I'm hoping we will get the Joker in this too and that John DiMaggio is playing him!
Deadinside - 7/3/2024, 1:03 PM
@HermanM - "Linklater's voice also sounded much better"

I noticed that, as well & I'm feeling a bit better about it now...! ☮️👍
McMurdo - 7/2/2024, 11:25 AM
Watch him be a legit detective and make the Reeves Batman look like a sad dude dressing up who somehow is paying the Gotham PD to let him into crime scenes.
HermanM - 7/2/2024, 12:03 PM
I like a more utilitarian relationship between Alfred and Bruce instead of the life coach and even trainer he has developed into in some versions. This will throw things back into the other end a bit more so we get a proper balance like the Alfred of the 90s Batman films and animated series instead of the preachy lecturing one of the Nolan films and even worse the mentor/trainer from stuff like Beware The Batman and Batman Earth One.
Awest66 - 7/2/2024, 6:23 PM
@HermanM - "preachy, lecturing one"?

It's called giving Alfred things to do, man.
MotherGooseUPus - 7/2/2024, 12:09 PM
I can't f*cking wait for this show... this has potential to be something special. LFG
lazlodaytona - 7/2/2024, 12:31 PM
My favorite funny moment was when a lot of the villains got together to tell who has the best 'almost killed' bats story.

Croc...well, here:

Deadinside - 7/2/2024, 2:54 PM
@lazlodaytona - Such a great episode, among many...! One of my favorites...! ☮️👍
Super12 - 7/2/2024, 12:47 PM
This has the potential to stand next to Batman TAS as defining, iconic entries into Batman lore. Seriously excited about this.

Although what is up with fat Alfred? That seems totally unnecessary...but whatev.
FlixMentallo21 - 7/2/2024, 2:15 PM
According to IGN, we now know who’s voicing Alfred, Jim Gordon, Barbara Gordon, Renee Montoya, and Lucius Fox.

Alfred - Jason Watkins
Jim Gordon - Eric Morgan Stuart
Barbara Gordon - Krystal Joy Brown
Renee Montoya - Michelle C. Bonilla
Lucius Fox - Bumper Robinson
TheVisionary25 - 7/2/2024, 2:35 PM
@FlixMentallo21 - cool!!.

I’m sure some people here would love Barbara and Jim being black in this lol
FlixMentallo21 - 7/2/2024, 7:33 PM
@TheVisionary25 - It’s an AU. Anybody who feels these portrayals don’t work for them have plenty of options out there.
TheVisionary25 - 7/2/2024, 7:45 PM
@FlixMentallo21 - agreed.
Awest66 - 7/2/2024, 6:24 PM
I just hope Timm doesn't get too much creative control.

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