Bruce Timm Steps Down as DC Animated Producer

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Warner Bros.’ line of DC-based super-hero animated series and movies have gone through some big changes in recent months, and it’s about to go through some more.

The website Visions From Krypton is reporting that Bruce Timm has stepped down from his long-time role as producer of Warner Bros.’ various DC animated projects. Timm, who started at Warner Bros. back in 1989, helped redefine DC in the animation medium with his work on 1992’s seminal animated series Batman, following through with spin-off movies and subsequent series like < I>Superman, Batman Beyond and the Justice League series. The last major project Timm took part in was the two-part movie adaptation of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.

According to VFK’s Edward Gross, Timm had been planning to step down as an overall producer for awhile. Originally his plans were to focus on the then-flagging Green Lantern: The Animated Series but that has since been announced as cancelled. Reportedly, Timm is now working to “develop some of his own projects” says VFK.

Stepping in to replace Timm in this pivotal role is former storyboard artist James Tucker. Tucker got his start with 1996’s Pinky And the Brain series, and has worked on a number of Warner Bros. DC projects since including directing episodes of Batman Beyond and Static Shock and producing the last season of Justice League and the entire Batman: The Brave & The Bold.

“Bruce had done a lot since Justice League Unlimited ended,” Tucker is quoted in an interview with VFK, “so it’s been quite a haul. I can’t speak for him, but I think going out on Dark Knight Returns was a special thing for him. If he was going to make the break, that seemed like a good time.”

Tucker goes on to say that with his tenure as Supervisor Producer, he hopes to be able to use “more of a variety of characters” in future DC animated projects. Although he says the adaptation of Dark Knight Returns was “long overdue, he isn’t focused on doing more direct adaptations of comic book storylines.

“I can’t go into specifics,” Tucker tells VFK, “but I have a feeling when we announce our next slate of movies, people are going to be very excited because we will be using Batman, Superman and Justice League as a gateway to exposing other characters.”

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