Ethan Hawke, AJ Hudson Voice Star in “Batwheels” as Batman and Robin
Holy diversity, Batman! Gotham just got a lot more inclusive, thanks to Cartoon Network’s new preschool series Bat wheels.
Described as an animated action-adventure comedy about ‘sentient overpowered crime-fighting vehicles’, Bat wheels recruited Oscar nominated actor Ethan Hawke to play Batman and AJ Hudson (who played young Chidi in The right place) as the voice of Duke Thomas. He is the first black character to don the Robin “R” in DC Comics history.
Bat wheels, a Cartoonito offering that will be available on HBO Max as well as Cartoon Network, marks Duke’s on-screen debut. Voice distribution also includes Cobra Kai‘s Jacob Bertrand as Bam the Batmobile and Station 19is Leah Lewis as Cassandra Cain, aka Batgirl. Lewis voices the first Asian American Batgirl, which was also originally introduced in the comics.
Hawke’s Batman is listed in the connection line as a father figure and Gotham City’s greatest protector, who does not communicate directly with Bam and the other Batwheels. Duke / Robin is described as someone who strives to prove themselves and enjoys a big detective mystery, and Cassandra / Batgirl is the type of tech-savvy big sister who likes to whip Gotham on her motorcycle.
Warner Bros. Product animation Bat wheels, which does not yet have a premiere date and will announce additional cast and characters in the near future. Register (Looney Tunes Cartoons) will produce the animated series, while Michael G. Stern (Doc McStuffins) acts as executive co-producer.