With so many live-action Star Wars television shows out there, such as The Mandalorian (2019), The Book of Boba Fett (2021), Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022), Andor (2022), and soon, Ahsoka (2023), is it possible that characters from Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021) will eventually show up in non animated-form?
Star Wars: The Bad Batch has proven to be a huge hit with viewers on Disney+, following on stylistically, tonally, and narratively from its predecessor Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), picking up after the events of Order 66, which sees the total annihilation of all Jedi across the galaxy.
The show revolves around defected clones Tech, Wrecker, Hunter, Echo, and Crosshair, and young female clone Omega, as they try to navigate the faraway galaxy under the rule of the newly-emerged Galactic Empire, while all but a few of their fellow clone troopers have essentially been turned into stormtroopers.
Season 1 ended on a major cliffhanger, with the cloning facility on Kamino being destroyed, while Kaminoan scientist Nala Se was taken to a secret location by the Empire, where she was presumably expected to begin a new cloning operation of some kind.
Now, Season 2 has finally arrived on Disney+, reuniting us with "Clone Force 99" - with Omega included, of course. But is it possible that one or more of these characters will ever show up in live action? After all, there are plenty of shows to choose from.
With the exception of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is set 10 years after Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), and Andor, which is five years before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), all the live-action shows take place five years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).
However, whether it's the Galactic Empire era, or the New Republic era, the Bad Batch could appear in any one of these shows. But it all really depends on one thing - will they survive the hit animated television series, which takes place shortly after the events of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (the Clone Wars era)?
As Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor are much closer to The Bad Batch timeline, it would probably make far more sense for the characters to appear in one of these shows, whether it's Tech, Wrecker, Hunter, Echo, or Crosshair, or all of them. So for now, let's assume they'll all survive, or at least just one of them.
There is absolutely no reason whatsoever why one of these characters couldn't get the live-action treatment, especially seeing as it's been happening left and right in some of the live-action shows already, with characters such as Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan Kryze coming to mind.
The upcoming live-action series Ahsoka will also bring several animated characters from Star Wars: Rebels (2014) to life, such as Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren, Chopper, and Grand Admiral Thrawn. But the truth is that there have already been many animated-to-live-action conversions.
The Bad Batch is no exception, and it's always fun to imagine who might play these characters on the less animated side of the faraway galaxy. Although, with that, we think it's pretty obvious who would wind up playing each members of Clone Force 99 except for Omega.
Temuera Morrison portrays all the clones in the Star Wars prequel trilogy - Rex, Cody, Jango Fett, and so on. He also plays the titular bounty hunter in The Book of Boba Fett, and also played a homeless clone in Obi-Wan Kenobi. But would he actually end up playing Tech, Wrecker, Crosshair, Hunter, and Echo?
After all, these "defected" clones don't look all that much like their clone trooper cousins, or Boba Fett or Jango Fett. Sure, they're made from the exact same DNA, but it could be a good opportunity to cast new actors instead of duplicating, de-ageing, and de-facing Morrison on screen.
And then there's Omega, who would, of course, also need to be played by a Māori actor. As for which live-action show any of them might actually end up in, the most likely is either Obi-Wan Kenobi or Andor - or perhaps both. We also wouldn't be surprised if Captain Rex shows up in Ahsoka too.
Either way, there's really no shaking off these clones - now we know how the Jedi felt during Order 66!
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As per Disney+, here's the official synopsis for The Bad Batch Season 2:
Months have passed since the events on Kamino and the Bad Batch continue their journey navigating the Empire after the fall of the Republic. They will cross paths with friends and foes, both new and familiar, as they take on a variety of thrilling mercenary missions that will take them to unexpected and dangerous new places.
The Bad Batch Season 2 is now streaming on Disney+.