DC’s newest Gotham City super-team is hitting the streets!
Warner Bros. Animation announced today that they’re beginning production on Batwheels, a brand-new animated action-adventure comedy series aimed at preschoolers and starring some of the most famous vehicles to ever put the pedal to the metal. The upcoming series will air on both Cartoon Network and HBO Max and can be seen globally across all Cartoon Network programs.
True to its title, Batwheels turns its focus to the many vehicles that aid the Bat-Family in their fight against crime. The Batwheels are a team of sentient super-powered crimefighting vehicles that help Batman, Robin and Batgirl—as well as a host of additional DC Super Heroes—keep Gotham City safe. Created only recently by the Batcomputer, our mechanized heroes are essentially kids with little to no life experience—in other words, young heroes who are not unlike the preschool audience Batwheels is designed for.
Led by Bam (The Batmobile), the Batwheels also consist of Bibi (The Batgirl Cycle), Red (The Redbird), Jett (The Batwing) and Buff (The Bat Truck). The fledgling team must navigate the growing pains of being a newly formed super-team as well as the growing pains that come with just being a kid. Batwheels promises to be a relatable and aspirational series that will follow the journey of this unique new team as they thrill and entertain with their heroic adventures while demonstrating to kids the value of self-confidence, friendship and teamwork.
“From Batman: The Animated Series to Teen Titans Go!, superhero storytelling has definitely been one of our superpowers here at Warner Bros. Animation,” said Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios President Sam Register. “We are so excited to bring that expertise over to the preschool space and take something that all kids love, cool vehicles, and give it a turbo boost with Batman!”
Batwheels is produced by Warner Bros. Animation with Register (Looney Tunes Cartoons) serving as the show’s executive producer. Michael G. Stern (Doc McStuffins) will serve as co-executive producer, Simon J. Smith (Baymax Dreams) as supervising producer and Steven Fink of Bang Zoom Ltd. as producer.
While there have been many iterations of the Batmobile over the years, Batwheels is the first show to make it sentient, promising a unique take on one of Batman’s coolest toys. That it also features other fan-favorite vehicles, like the Redbird and Batwing, just makes the whole thing more fun, and uniquely suited to the young audience Batwheels is aimed at.
But what do you think? Do you have any young Bat-fans at home who will be excited to take a ride alongside the Batwheels? And is it too early to hope for a guest appearance by Wonder Woman’s invisible jet?