Exclusive: supervising director Brad Rau confirms Boba Fett is alive during Star Wars: The Bad Batch, opening the door for a possible appearance.
Supervising director Brad Rau hints that Boba Fett could very well appear in Disney+’s Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Created by Lucasfilm Executive Producer and Executive Creative Director Dave Filoni and co-developed by him and Jennifer Corbett, the animated series acts as a continuation of The Clone Wars. The story centers on the titular group of genetically mutated elite clone troopers as they desert the Galactic Empire and take on daring mercenary missions in the aftermath of Order 66.
Boba Fett made his franchise debut in the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special before properly acting as an antagonist in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as a bounty hunter working for both the Empire and crime lord Jabba the Hutt. After initially meeting his demise in the latter film and having his backstory fleshed out in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and animated series, Boba would properly return in season 2 of The Mandalorian with Temuera Morrison starring in the role after acting as genetic clone template Jango Fett in the prequels. With fans already excited to see his continued return in his spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett, it appears that may not be the only future appearance for the character.
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In time for the arrival of the Disney+ series, Screen Rant spoke exclusively with The Bad Batch supervising director and executive producer Rau. When reflecting on the possibility of Boba making an appearance in the series, he kept mostly mum though did offer a cryptic tease. See what Rau had to say below:
“There’s definitely, I would say, in the timeline, that Boba Fett is alive during this time. I would say that, that’s true.”
Since his debut in Empire, Fett has consistently been a fan-favorite character, despite his embarrassing demise in the film. With The Bad Batch set after the events of The Clone Wars, itself concluding between the prequel and sequel trilogies, the timeline is indeed right for Fett to appear in the new series in some capacity. Given there were initially plans for fellow bounty hunter Cad Bane and Fett to face off in The Clone Wars, it would be interesting to see how the latter hunter could fit into the narrative of the Bad Batch’s journey through the galaxy.
Across the final season of The Clone Wars and the first two seasons of The Mandalorian, Disney+ has delivered plenty of exciting fan service for longtime followers of the Star Wars franchise without anything feeling forced or too over-the-top. From bringing beloved Jedi Ahsoka Tano to the live-action world with Rosario Dawson to the satisfying conclusion of The Clone Wars, Filoni and his creative partners have been firing on all cylinders. Halfway through season 1, Star Wars: The Bad Batch has already proven the streak is continuing for the small-screen world of the franchise.
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