Babylon 5 Animated Movie Announced by Warner Bros
In recent years, Babylon 5 has been an incredibly influential but overlooked sci-fi show. It appears that its recognition is finally happening as the series is set to make a comeback. Although, the resurrected version may be slightly surprising for even the most devoted fans.
Babylon 5, which has some striking similarities to the Citadel of Mass Effect, is being brought back to life more than 25 years after its initial run concluded in 1998. This revival is taking a different approach than the live-action follow-ups of other cult classics like Willow and The Dark Crystal, and will be presented as an animated feature film. It is interesting to note that while other movies were turned into TV series, this revival of Babylon 5 is being made into a movie. The question remains – who will be involved?
The originator of Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski, took to Twitter to declare that an animated movie adaptation stemming from Warner Bros Animation and WB Home Entertainment is in the works. He went on to include a sneak peak of the script’s title page, with the subtitle being concealed. Straczynski was passionate about the movie, calling it “raucous, heartfelt, nonstop, a ton of fun through time and space & a love letter to the fans.” He then informed fans that more details, such as the movie title and the release date, will be disclosed in one week’s time. Lastly, he made sure to point out that the film is already completed and is “100% real, happening, and coming out very soon.”
BABYLON 5 ANIMATED MOVIE coming from Warner Bros. Animation & WB Home Entertainment! Classic B5: raucous, heartfelt, nonstop, a ton of fun through time and space & a love letter to the fans. Movie title, release date and other details coming one week from today. #B5AnimatedMovie pic.twitter.com/5ylImI65mm
— J. Michael Straczynski (@straczynski) May 3, 2023
In comparison to its contemporaries such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5 was a show that was not as widely known. Yet, it stood out due to its adult-centric content and environment. The main plot centered around the human military personnel and alien diplomats inhabiting the eponymous space station, created as a safe space for the different species to engage in negotiations. Although politics between them was a major point of focus, it was the personal stories that kept people coming back. It was the interpersonal relationships between characters that kept viewers hooked, with the talented cast being a major contributor to the series’ lasting popularity.
Bruce Boxleitner, of Tron movie fame, took the lead role of Captain (later President) John Sheridan in the series Babylon 5. He replaced Michael O’Hare’s Commander Jeffrey Sinclair in the 2nd season. The other main human actors included Claudia Christian as Lt. Commander Susan Ivanova, Jerry Doyle as Security Chief Michael Garibaldi, and Richard Biggs as Doctor Stephen Franklin. Additionally, Mira Furlan, Andreas Katsulas and Peter Jurasik filled the roles of Minbari ambassador Dalenn, Narn ambassador G’Kar and Centauri ambassador Londo respectively. Interestingly enough, Jurasik had previously appeared in the film Tron.
Although no specifics have been declared, it is probable that many of the original cast will be back. It will be a pleasure to revisit that world. Babylon 5, a series that has been a source of inspiration for science fiction movies and video games for many years, has set its own bar for sci-fi narratives that captivate audiences with its characters and political themes instead of concentrating primarily on space battles and lasers. Fans have waited a long time for this film, and hopefully it will be as fulfilling as they anticipate.