On the final day of “Star Wars Celebration” came news on two animated Star Wars series on Disney+: “Star Wars: Bad Batch” and “Star Wars: Visions.”
The panel for “Star Wars: Bad Batch” was comprised of Brad Rau (executive producer/supervising director), Jennifer Corbett (executive producer/head writer), Matt Michnovetz (story editor), Bradley Dee Baker (voice actor behind the Bad Batch), and Michelle Ang (voice of Omega), who were joined by creator Dave Filoni for an in-depth chat about the series and its upcoming season two.
The highlight of the panel was the airing of an official trailer and a separate clip for season two, which showed a bit of time has passed since the end of season one.
One of the most notable things about the trailer is that The Bad Batch have an updated wardrobe with more color.
“We worked really closely with Dave [Filoni] to make sure they look right,” said Brad Rau during the panel. “We iterated on these characters to get that kit-bashed, worn-through feeling, which really mirrors where they’re at at this point, very early on in Season 2.”
One other change? “Omega is a little older but she still has so much heart,” says Rau.
“I really love the choice to center the story around a child. To find not just a soldiers’ way, but how to raise a child to find her superpower as this world shifts from the Republic.” added Dee Bradley Baker.
“It is time for a new era,” the Emporer intones as the season two trailer starts:
“Star Wars: Bad Batch” will return for season two on Disney+ this Fall 2022. The series revolves around the group of elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch that was first introduced in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” It was renewed back in August 2021 just ahead of the two-part Season 1 finale.
Meanwhile it was also revealed during a panel for the anime-style anthology “Star Wars: Visions” that Volume 2 has been greenlit and will be coming to Disney+ in Spring 2023.
The first volume featured nine Japanese anime studios contributing different stories. The second volume will bring together new stories from creative teams in Japan, India, UK, Ireland, Spain, Chile, France, South Africa, and California in the United States.
Star Wars is an international phenomenon, so seeing artists from new countries contributing really has potential for innovative Star Wars storytelling.
“It’s going to be a celebration of the incredible animation happening all around the globe,” LucasFilm’s James Waugh said during the panel.
Are you looking forward to the new seasons of “Star Wars: Bad Batch” and “Star Wars: Visions”? Let us know in the comments.