Blandt de mest indflydelsesrige og hædrede animerede serier nogensinde er uden tvivl Batman: The Animated Series, der kørte i 85 episoder fra 1992 til 1995. Den betragtes fortsat som værende ikonisk, og det kan meget vel være at HBO og Warner Bros. vil forsøge at udvikle en direkte efterfølger i samme stil.
I den seneste udgave af filminstruktør og producer Kevin Smiths podcast, Fatman Beyond, siger Smith og medvært Marc Bernadin, at de begge har hørt at det her projekt eksisterer.
"I don't think that's a rumor, I wouldn't say 'Set your watch to it,' but it's an idea whose time is not only coming, I think it came, and it's smoking a cigarette. I think that's gonna happen. How f-king amazing would that be because you can just literally pick up and keep going. It's not like, 'oh we gotta explain why everyone's older,' it's f-king animation man so you can go right back to those amazing f-king stories. That to me is no brainer, you've got HBO Max, you're already doing that amazing Harley Quinn show, like, you're printing money if you go back and do Batman: The Animated Series. You can't f-k up the legacy, that's for damn sure. You know what I'm saying, it's not like 'oh they went back and did it again and now it's ruined,' like some people felt about Twin Peaks. You can't f-k it up, there's no reason not to do it, as long as you've got the key creative components, as long as Bruce Timm is involved, wants to be there. F-king go for it for heaven's sakes."
Det er stadig langt fra en bekræftelse, men naturligvis har netop Smith ret direkte adgang til mange af de beslutningsprocesser der foregår i Hollywood, og må høre en del om hvad der sker rundt omkring.