In July 2020, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that there was going to be a new Bad Batch series produced by Dave Filoni. The series is the sequel to the Clone Wars once it ends. The official announcement of the series was also recently made by Disney+ as a part of their line up of 2021-22 series and movies. They first appeared in the seventh season of the Clone Wars for 5 episodes. George Lucas had first come up with the idea of the Bad Batch as he wanted to explore the idea that the clones were a little more unique from one another and who were like an enhanced skills special unit.
The series focuses on the Bad Batch or Clone Force 99, a crew of clone soldiers who exhibit extraordinary abilities as compared to the clones of the Star Wars universe. The characters of the Bad Batch are Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair, and Echo. Each of the members has a special skill set. Hunter has sensory abilities that allow him to sense electromagnetic signals, Wrecker has enhanced muscular form, Tech uses his intelligence to handle technical operations, and Crosshair, whose vision allows him to be a capable sniper. They first appeared to help out the main characters with the battle of the Annexes.
After the Battle of Annexes, Echo had later joined the team as their fifth member. Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb) had voiced all the members, but it’s unknown if he will return to a voice in this one. It will take place during the Imperial Era after the Clone Wars has ended. The crew will have to go to solve mercenary missions and figure out their own identity in the midst of the wars happening around them.
The trailer for the series was also released in December 2020:
Many important scenes are shown relating to what’s gonna happen in the series: The ship heading towards Kamino, the homeworld of the clones, the announcement from General Palpatine, and the squad showing off their skills in the battle scenes. One of the scenes even shows a character cameo, possibly of Fennec Shand from The Mandalorian. The trailer shows that the series might get really darker than the Clone Wars, and it may not be child-friendly. The show’s executive producers include Athena Portillo, Brad Rau, Jennifer Corbett, Carrie Beck, and Josh Rimes.
The show is one of the surprises from the line up of new movies and series that are gonna start releasing on Disney+, especially the Star Wars ones: Ahsoka, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Rangers of the New Republic, Andor, Lando, and The Acolyte. Even the Rogue Squadron movie announced with Patty Jenkins of Wonder Woman fame as the director, and there is yet to be a third season of the Mandalorian as well, but it’s unknown whether it will release in 2021. Alongside the new MCU, Disney and Pixar shows and movies such as WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Raya and the Last Dragon, Soul, etc.