Star Wars: The Bad Batch will debut next May 4th, and it could not have been more apt being it Star Wars Day, its Disney+ with a special first lasting 70 minutes, to which they will follow later new episodes every Friday starting from 7 May.
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We attended the presentation conference of the new animated series in the company of the moderator Ash Crossan of THAT ONE and together with Dee Bradley Baker (historical voice of the Clones in the animated series of Star Wars and here engaged in dubbing all the protagonists), Jennifer Corbett (producer and lead writer) e Brad Rau (producer).
Star Wars: The Bad Batch, the Serie
Star Wars: The Bad Batch follows the Bad Batch group of elite experimental clones (first introduced in the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as they find their way into a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate postwar period of the Clone Wars. Each of the members of Bad Batch, a special team of clones that vary genetically from their Clone Army brethren, possess an exceptional and singular skill that makes them extraordinarily efficient soldiers as well as a formidable crew.
It was just right Dee Bradley Baker to introduce us to the Bad Batch. Hunter is the leader of the team. He is a raider and in fact is endowed with enhanced senses that allow him to evaluate the field and position of enemies. Then, there is Tech, the tech savvy of the team who is always hard at work on something. He is always very calm and poised and always knows how to interface with any kind of technology.
Then there are Wrecker, the muscles of the group, e Crosshair, the team sniper. Their dynamic is interesting because they are the exact opposite of each other also for the role they play in the team. Finally there is Echo which is a modified clone or rather an android clone that is the ideal link between this new series and the episodes of Clone Wars.
The voice actor confirmed that he has developed a good relationship with all the characters and to find very fun to play Wrecker for his frankness even if it is far from his personality.
The development of the series and the supervision of Dave Filoni
Jennifer Corbett e Brad Rau they then talked about the development of the series and the supervised by Dave Filoni, legendary mastermind behind the universe’s biggest and most recent animated hits Star Wars.
Corbett confirmed that this was not a novelty for her as she had already worked alongside Filoni on Star Wars: Resistance and that to develop Star Wars: The Bad Batch it was like following one masterclass in writing on Star Wars. The screenwriter and producer then pointed out what it was like the involvement of Filoni is fundamental because not only is it a sequel to Clone Wars but also because these are characters that he has created, a world that he knows inside out.
Each script, Corbett continued, was a learning experience because it was incredible to see the series grow and develop.
Rau instead began by saying that Filoni is simply brilliant and with a little curiosity. She had met him at Skywalker Ranch (George Lucas’ residence) at the time of the development of Clone Wars when he was about to open his own animation studio but unfortunately failed, with great regret, to join the development team of that series. Fortunately he made up for it with Rebels, of which he was director, e Resistance. For Rau, Filoni has been a mentor and friend and working closely with him on the development of this new series has been fantastic, the fulfillment of a dream (if you don’t know the history of the animated series of Star Wars find our dedicated article).
Star Wars: The Bad Batch is set roughly in the days when Order 66 is about to be enacted. The most intriguing thing about the time the series is set, Corbett says, is that it answers a simple question: “What happens now after the Clone Wars is over?” We know what the Clones were created for, they did their job but now they will have to “reinvent themselves” as soldiers also because there has been a change of regime from the Republic to the Empire.
There are very different rules and this heterogeneous group of Clones are certainly not renowned for following the rules. The thematic core, continues the screenwriter, is precisely the transition from the Republic to the Empire, a transition that we will see from a different point of view than for example the original trilogy because it is the beginning of this transition: the planets are just happy that the war is over and have not really understood what the advent of Empire will actually entail.
Baker added, in this regard, that the most radical change will be the shift towards an entity that will centralize power in its hands and impose very strict rules something that obviously Bad Batch will not like. They are a team but a team with a less rigid chain of command than that of the other clones and this change of regime will also change their attitude and their dynamics.
Rau added that, as a fan, it was exciting to develop the series at this point in Star Wars because it is a relatively unexplored time when these soldiers suddenly find themselves in a rapidly revolutionized galaxy.
On the dynamics of Bad Batch
Brad Rau he then focused on dynamics of Bad Batch described as those of a family. The tone will be a little different from the classic conflict between Jedi and Sith and will instead be centered around one different emotional tension which will also give a different context to the action scenes and missions that will involve the team because clearly there will be explosions!
The protagonists are characters still in development and therefore inserting them in this type of dynamic will allow during the episodes to chisel them and “play” them better and in a different way from what was previously done with other similar characters who appeared in the universe of Star Wars.
Jennifer Corbett we then wanted to focus on how his experience in the United States Navy helped her refine the dynamics between the characters who are effectively soldiers in all respects. The screenwriter explained that, since the draft of the narrative arc of Clone Wars starring Bad Batch, he realized he had to try to convey and instill in these characters that sense of cameratismo typical of real military companies including moments of joke, a particular humor for people used to constantly living under pressure, but also contrasts.
Not everyone has the same background, everyone has their own reasons and motivations for doing what they are doing. The biggest challenge was trying to carry this real-life dynamic into the series.
The two screenwriters then concluded that the story Star Wars: The Bad Batch ideally already has a conclusion and therefore a precise number of episodes and seasons but that the future of the series has depended, as always, on the success of the public and critics.
Dee Bradley Baker he then talked about his work in the dubbing booth. During Clone Wars his work required a greater rigor or a very restricted tone and vocal expressiveness. Work on Star Wars: The Bad Batch instead it was an evolution of this approach where tone and expressiveness are always restricted but it was necessary differentiate the characters through small but decisive nuances. In this sense, says the voice actor, it was easy to find nuances because the characters are very different from each other.
Rau jokingly then said that net of being able to get into the mood and personality of these characters, it is always fun to “talk to yourself” with different voices. It is challenging, fun. Furthermore Jennifer Corbett He added that Baker, unlike other voice actors who dub different characters, prefers to play different characters live by changing tone and voice in the same session rather than focusing on one character at a time.
The graphic style of Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Rau confirmed his desire to keep the graphic style of Star Wars: The Bad Batch as close as possible to that of Clone Wars. A choice dictated by the fact that this new series is a spiritual sequel to the other. The style of the characters, environments, technologies and vehicles is completely uniform between the two series. In this new series, however, greater attention has been paid to detail.
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