“I Hear You”: Filoni Responds to Fans’ Call to Save ‘Clone Wars’

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Star Wars guru — and Lucasfilm Executive Creative Director — Dave Filoni has long played a role in the trajectory of the Star Wars universe. From working alongside Star Wars creator George Lucas on Star Wars: The Clone Wars to helping to create hit series The Mandalorian with showrunner Jon Favreau, Filoni is, for many fans, the savior of the Star Wars franchise.

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This is why many fans were upset when Filoni’s hit animated series, Clone Wars, which introduced viewers to Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan Ahsoka Tano (now a fan-favorite), ended after seven seasons.

Fortunately, Filoni is answering fans’ call to save Clone Wars, specifically with his newest Star Wars animated series, The Bad Batch.

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A recent podcast episode shared a quote from Filoni about the Clone Wars spinoff series:

“This [The Bad Batch] is a response to you guys, the fans. We were creating so much content for Star Wars Clone Wars, and when we finished the series, you guys just kept saying, ‘We want more. Save The Clone Wars’. And, I hear you.” 

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Although the podcast hosts did not detail exactly when Filoni made this statement, it’s clear that he is dedicated to giving the Star Wars fan community more of what they want. This has been proven in every project he’s had a hand in, from Ahsoka returning in Star Wars Rebels to the reintroduction of Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian.

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His latest streaming show follows Clone Force 99 — Hunter, Wrecker, Echo, Tech, and Crosshair — immediately after Clone Wars ended, during the execution of Emperor Palpatine’s Order 66 and the death of Jedi General Depa Billaba at the hands of clone troopers who had faithfully served her for many years.

From the very first episode, in which fascinating new character, Omega, was introduced, The Bad Batch showed Star Wars fans an era they’ve never before seen in the Star Wars franchise — the days immediately after the Republic fell, in which a “sudden, shocking transition” to Imperial power left galactic citizens in flux, with some even looking forward to the Galactic Empire’s reign because it meant the war was finally over.

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As Clone Force 99 has learned over four episodes so far, however, Governor Tarkin and other Imperial officers — including their very own Crosshair — don’t have much tolerance for the “defective” clones’ unique ways.

Although we don’t know exactly where The Bad Batch will take us moving forward, if we know Filoni, it’s going to be good.

What other Star Wars projects is Dave Filoni working on?

In addition to Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Favreau and Filoni are currently working hard on expanding The Mandalorian universe on Disney+. The Book of Boba Fett is set to debut in December 2021, with Ahsoka and The Mandalorian Season 3 following, presumably in early 2022.

Rangers of the New Republic, which had been rumored to star controversial Cara Dune actress Gina Carano, has been shelved at this time.

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The second season of the hit show proved Filoni’s commitment to bringing his fans more of his popular animated series, with the introduction of both Grand Admiral Thrawn’s name — the Rebels villain is expected to make his live-action debut in Mandalorian spinoff, Ahsoka — and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) as a major player in bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu’s story.

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It is also possible that Favreau and Filoni could be involved in the reported Luke Skywalker series featuring the Jedi Knight and his Star Wars Legends wife, Mara Jade Skywalker.

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However, nothing has been confirmed at this time, though both Mark Hamill and Sebastian Stan have spoken out on the possibility of the Marvel actor playing young Luke.

What do you think? Is Filoni going to bring even more Clone Wars stories back to life as The Mandalorian saga continues?


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