It’s May and we are officially in the month of Star Wars. Despite being universally recognized as Star Wars month, there have been no major releases from the mega-franchise in years to celebrate the galaxy far, far away. However, after the astounding success of The Mandalorian, Walt Disney revealed its humongous list of upcoming Star Wars shows that have finally made the fans excited after the disappointing trilogy headed by J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson. First to be released from this list is The Bad Batch, an animated series based on Clone Force 99, the elite squadron of clone troopers with genetic mutations who will be taking on daring missions in the aftermath of the Clone Wars.
Prior to the release of The Mandalorian starring Pedro Pascal in the lead role, it was Star Wars: The Clone Wars that enjoyed the top spot among the fans for introducing fan-favorite characters like Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan Kryze, who also made their live-action appearance in The Mandalorian. The unprecedented success of The Mandalorian once again revived the failing Star Wars franchise which is expected to bring in considerable viewership for Star Wars: The Bad Batch, despite being an animated series. Here’s the latest teaser:
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Introduced as an elite squadron of clone troopers with genetic mutations, Clone Force 99 aka the Bad Batch were first introduced in the Clone Wars. As a result, The Bad Batch is also being considered as a spin-off of The Clone Wars by many fans who are also expecting to see a few familiar faces in the upcoming show. Interestingly, Fennec Shand, who made her first appearance in The Mandalorian, played by the talented Ming-Na Weng, will also be appearing in The Bad Batch. Set in the aftermath of the Clone Wars, which was orchestrated by Emperor Palpatine to drive the Jedi into extinction and set up the autocratic Galactic Empire, The Bad Batch is expected to explore a crucial yet dangerous timeline in Star Wars, studded with powerful Imperial forces and daring freedom fighters of the Rebel Alliance. Directed by Brad Rau with a story by Jennifer Corbet, The Bad Batch stars Dee Bradley Baker, best known for his work on Avatar: The Last Airbender, Stephen Stanton, who played the role of Admiral Raddus in Rogue One, Andrew Kishino, who will be reprising his role as Saw Gerrera from The Clone Wars, and Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand. The Bad Batch is expected to have at least 14 episodes that will be released on a weekly basis.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch will release on May 4th, 2021 exclusively on Disney+.