HBO Max Cancels Batman: Caped Crusader and Other Animated Projects

By Rebecca Theodore-Vachon 

HBO Max continues to clean house by canceling six upcoming animated series.

According to Variety, Batman: Caped Crusader from executive producers Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves is on the chopping block. Batman: Caped Crusader was meant to build on the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series co-created by Timm, which aired from 1992-1995.

In addition to Batman: The Caped Crusader, the streaming network will not be moving forward with the following animated projects: Merry Little Batman, The Day The Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie, Bye Bye Bunny: A Looney Tunes Musical, Did I Do That To The Holidays: A Steve Urkel Story and The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie.


This latest round of cancellations is part of parent company Warner Bros. Discovery’s strategy to divest from children and family programming. This week HBO Max removed around 200 episodes of Sesame Street.

HBO Max previously shelved the nearly-complete $90 million feature Batgirl and Scoob!: Holiday Haunt, a follow-up to the 2020 film Scoob. It also quietly pulled TV shows and films from its streaming library over the past few weeks. More cuts were expected as Warner Bros. Discovery plans to merge its two streaming services–HBO Max and Discovery+–by the summer of 2023.