I was invited to the virtual Star Wars: The Bad Batch press conference. The press conference featured Dee Bradley Baker (voice of The Bad Batch, five clones), Jennifer Corbett (Head Writer and Executive Producer) and Brad Rau (Supervising Director and Executive Producer). The animated original series kicks off on May 4th exclusively on Disney+! The conference was moderated by Ash Crossan from Entertainment Tonight.
Crossan asked about the new character named Omega and how important she would be to the story. Baker said, “Well, it’s a fascinating relationship that unfolds….it’s more like an uncle/niece or a father/child dynamic, but not entirely. It’s interesting to see that unfold”. Crossan continued the same line of questioning to Corbett and Rau, “Are we right to focus as much as I want to in the first episode? Is she integral to the story?” Rau answered, “Yes, Ash. She is, definitely”.
Baker talked about his favorite character to voice. “I have great affection for all of them. They’re all very interesting fellows. But Wrecker – he’s probably the furthest away from me – from all of them. And he’s great fun”.
Rau and Corbett were asked about the visual continuity of Star Wars: The Bad Batch with Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Rau explained, “that’s very intentional”. He continued, “As you know…The Bad Batch is a spiritual successor to The Clone Wars. So we wanted to honor the style and the legacy of that.”
Rau and Corbett were asked about working with Dave Filoni, who is overseeing the series. Corbett explained, “I got to work with Dave on Star Wars Resistance, which was such a great experience. And getting the chance to to develop the series with him, it’s kind of like a master class in writing Star Wars. And with this being a sequel series of sorts to The Clone Wars, it was kind of crucial that he be involved in the process very much. Because these are characters that he’s created and it’s the world that he knows, but every day, ever script, is a learning experience.”
From Disney+ about the series: “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army—each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.
Here is a trailer for Star Wars: The Bad Batch: