HBO Max Latin America will present a new tale of the Dark Knight with BATMAN AZTECA: CHOQUE DE IMPERIOS (“Aztec Batman: Clash of Empires”), an original animated feature-length film that places the iconic DC Super Hero against the backdrop of the captivating history of Mexico and immerse fans around the world in the exciting culture of Mesoamerica. The announcement was made during a special cocktail event at the 37th edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival (GIFF).
In the time of the Aztec Empire, Yohualli Coatl – a young Aztec boy – experiences tragedy when his father and village leader, Toltecatzin, is murdered by Spanish Conquistadors. Yohualli escapes to Tenochtitlan to warn King Moctezuma and his high priest, Yoka, of imminent danger. Using the temple of Tzinacan, the bat god, as a lair, Yohualli trains with his mentor and assistant, Acatzin, developing equipment and weaponry to confront the Spaniard invasion, protect Moctezuma’s temple, and avenge his father’s death.
Currently celebrating its 20th year in business as a leading animation in Latin America and recognized as a global player in the animation industry specializing in children’s programming, Ánima has worked before with iconic characters like Top Cat, with the film Top Cat, the Movie which broke box office records along the way, as with Top Cat Begins which was successfully released in theaters in more than 35 countries.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Anima and Chatrone, BATMAN AZTECA: CHOQUE DE IMPERIOS is a Particular Crowd film and based on characters from DC. Juan Meza-León (Harley Quinn) serves as director, José C. García de Letona, Aaron D. Berger, Carina Schulze and Fernando De Fuentes as producers of the film which will be produced entirely in Mexico, feature top local talent, and showcase the region’s abundant art. Sam Register and Tomás Yankelevich serves as Executive Producer. Alejandro Diaz Barriga, a consultant specializing in Mesoamerican studies and ethnic history of Mexico and the Andean region, will work with the creative team to ensure that the indigenous representation portrayed in the film is appropriate and relevant.
ABOUT HBO MAX
HBO Max™ is Warner Bros. Discovery’s direct-to-consumer streaming platform that delivers the highest quality entertainment. HBO Max features the widest variety of stories for all audiences from iconic brands such as HBO, Warner Bros., DC, Cartoon Network, and more. The platform was initially launched in the United States in May 2020. The global launch of the platform began with the launch of HBO Max in 39 markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, and HBO Max will enter Europe later this year and next year as HBO-branded streaming services begin to be replaced.
ABOUT PARTICULAR CROWD
Particular Crowd is the original film label of Warner Bros. Discovery Latin America, a division of Warner Bros. Discovery. The label has already produced more than 100 films aimed at a universal audience, not only in the diversity of Latin America, but around the world. The films are produced in English, Spanish or Portuguese, and cover the popular genres of comedy, romantic comedy, horror, suspense, teen and family films. It is an initiative that focuses on films with limited budgets, putting the consumer first through the availability of its content on a wide range of platforms, including television (TNT, SPACE and HBO), OTT, cinema and digital spaces. Based in Los Angeles and Buenos Aires, Particular Crowd encompasses film development, production and co-financing, and has partnered with several leading production companies to generate content. The label aims to discover new talent to provide access and opportunities for the next generation of filmmakers. www.particularcrowd.com
ABOUT WARNER BROS. ANIMATION
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s current series include Animaniacs for Hulu, Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Batman: Caped Crusader, Batwheels, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Harley Quinn, Jellystone!, Little Ellen, Looney Tunes Cartoons, My Adventures with Superman, Noonan’s, Tiny Toons Looniversity, Tom and Jerry in New York, Velma and Young Justice for HBO Max, DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go!, ThunderCats Roar for Cartoon Network, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?, The Tom and Jerry Show and Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! for Boomerang. WBA is also in production on a series of animated longform movie specials for ACME Night, the family programming block on Cartoon Network and HBO Max. Programs include Did I Do that to the Holidays? A Steve Urkel Story, Merry Little Batman and an Untitled Looney Tunes Cartoons movie. The studio is currently in production with New Line Cinema on the upcoming original anime feature film, The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim. WBA’s full-length theatrical film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, was released in summer 2018. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 40 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 21 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
DC, a Warner Bros. Discovery Company, creates iconic characters, enduring stories, and immersive experiences that inspire and entertain audiences of every generation around the world and is one of the world’s largest publishers of comics and graphic novels. As a creative division, DC is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games, and the DC Universe Infinite digital subscription service and community engagement portal. For more information visit dccomics.com and dcuniverseinfinite.com.
Formed in 2002, Ánima is a family entertainment company, headquartered in Mexico City, with studios in Madrid, Canary Islands, and Buenos Aires. Specializing in 2D and CGI animation, the company creates, produces, and manages high-quality entertainment brands and develops original projects for kids and the entire family. The studio prides itself by creating IP’s with universal appeal that have a Latin heart and sensibility. Starting with just three projects, today Ánima has in its library 22 animated features, nine series totaling more than 572 episodes, as well as a digital network with over 42 million subscribers. Top titles in their catalogue include Top Cat, the Movie which broke box office records along the way, something never before managed by a Latin American film; the movie saga Las Leyendas which has become the most successful saga in LATAM with five films-to-date; top-rated television series ElChavo; Cleo & Cuquin, the most successful Spanish language television series and channel for preschoolers on YouTube; co-productions like Space Chickens in Space with Disney and Legend Quest and Legend Quest: Masters of Myth with Netflix. Legend Quest marked the first Netflix original animated series to come from a non-English speaking country.
CHATRONE is an international production company with offices in Los Angeles, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Founded by Aaron D. Berger and Carina Schulze, Chatrone has created, developed and produced content for the US, International and Latin American markets.
Aaron and Carina produced the animated feature THE BOOK OF LIFE. Directed by Jorge Gutierrez, it was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. Chatrone is currently in production of 52 episodes for BA DA BEAN an animated series for Discovery Kids LATAM. Chatrone is also in production on Netflix’s first kid’s original animated series from Latin America, NUTTY BOY.