BATMAN: CAPED CRUSADER Will Change When Bruce Wayne Decides To Become A Superhero According To Bruce Timm

BATMAN: CAPED CRUSADER Will Change When Bruce Wayne Decides To Become A Superhero According To Bruce Timm

It's already apparent that Prime Video's Batman: Caped Crusader is taking liberties with the source material but executive producer Bruce Timm has now revealed a noteworthy change to the hero's origin...

By JoshWilding - Jul 09, 2024 02:07 PM EST
Filed Under: Batman (Animated)
Source: Empire (via

Prime Video's Batman: Caped Crusader looks set to put a completely new spin on the iconic DC Comics character. However, when the series was first announced, many fans hoped it might serve as a continuation of Batman: The Animated Series

After all, it had been confirmed that producers Matt Reeves (The Batman) and J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) would be joined by the creative mastermind behind the classic series, Bruce Timm. 

Instead, the show - which was offloaded by Warner Bros. Discovery to Amazon after originally being developed for Max as part of a series of cost-cutting measures - will take us to 1940s Gotham City and "Week Two" of Bruce Wayne's time as Batman.

Talking to Empire Magazine (via, Timm revealed that Batman: Caped Crusader will make a major change to Bruce's transformation into a masked vigilante...specifically in regards to when he chooses to suit up. 

"The slightly different take that we're doing on it is that at night, when he's lying in bed reliving the murders of his parents again and again in his head, it's so upsetting and so horrifying that the way he copes with it is he decides, right then and there, I'm going to declare war on crime," Timm explains.

"And so literally from that point on, even though he's eight, he's kind of Batman already..."

This is a contrast from Bruce usually deciding to become Batman as an adult, though we perhaps shouldn't be surprised the Caped Crusader will shake things up a little given how unique its approach to the DC Universe looks. 

In the grand scheme of things, it's a relatively small change, but one which may well influence how the character is portrayed in a significant way.

You can relive the Batman: Caped Crusader trailer 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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Bokis - 7/9/2024, 2:10 PM
Don't really know what that changes practically but cool I guess
McMurdo - 7/9/2024, 2:12 PM
So nothing changes, really.
ObserverIO - 7/9/2024, 2:19 PM
Yep. That sounds like the Bruce Wayne we all know.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/9/2024, 2:20 PM
Sooo, this?

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Nomis929 - 7/9/2024, 2:38 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - You beat me to it. I was just about to post this image.

I respect Bruce Timm, but sometimes I wonder if he knows anything about Batman before the '66 tv show.
SpiderParker - 7/9/2024, 3:13 PM
@Nomis929 - He probably meant different take from the ones shown in recent adaptations. Notice how his words "declare war on crime" is kinda similar to the panel above.
harryba11zack - 7/9/2024, 2:22 PM

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HermanM - 7/9/2024, 2:25 PM
Wasn't this always the origin?

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TheVisionary25 - 7/9/2024, 2:37 PM
Interesting , seems simplified the way Timm describes it but I’m reserving judgement till I see its execution in the show itself.

I guess if he already decides to fight crime when he grows up , that means he would have likely dedicated his entire life till then to become The Batman so that could be all he’s focused on…

That could work given the specific take they have talked about in regards to this version of Bruce of him being aloof and “weird” (think more Keaton & Pattinson it seems then the playboy we usually get) which would make sense if he’s just put all his time , money & effort on his crusade and not anything else.

Anyway , looking forward to it!!.
BillyBatson1000 - 7/9/2024, 2:51 PM
As long as he still falls 30/40ft into a cave as a small child and gets up without a scratch.

That's MY Batman.
Origame - 7/9/2024, 4:45 PM they made him a manchild?
ModHaterSLADE - 7/9/2024, 4:51 PM
Good, sounds like this will dive more into his damaged psyche for a darker series.
SummersEssex - 7/9/2024, 4:54 PM
I feel like that’s not much of a stretch and won’t result in anything different from what we understand about the current normal take on his origin.

I thought they were going to say something like “he doesn’t decide to become Batman until he’s in his 40s or something like that.
JonC - 7/9/2024, 6:43 PM
@SummersEssex - the kicker is that the whole show is about him being a murderous 8 yr old batman... they never get beyond that age into adulthood.
Super12 - 7/9/2024, 5:13 PM
I'm pretty pumped for this. I love how they didn't shy away from the original costume design, gloves and all.
kirbyfan - 7/9/2024, 5:15 PM
Animation looks flat, it doesn't have the depth and detail that the original animated series had.
BigMonkeyBrain - 7/9/2024, 6:12 PM
what the fack does this change?
sounds exactly like his classic origin as it always been. haha
TheVisionary25 - 7/9/2024, 6:30 PM
@BigMonkeyBrain - no bat flying into the window I guess.
MuadDib - 7/9/2024, 7:04 PM
In a weird way, Bruce died in that alley along with his parents. He may not have consciously decided to become Batman till later on, but Bruce is the mask, Batman is who he is now. Bc Bruce died that night in the alley.
McMurdo - 7/9/2024, 7:13 PM
@MuadDib - we know

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