Today, the secret has been revealed: it’s a full-length animated movie from Warner Bros. Animation.
Fuller details will arrive in one week: we don’t even have the title yet. But on, series creator J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) says it’s not a sidebar story, a sequel, or a redo.
We’ve known for over two weeks that today would be the day, thanks to JMS’sand that Patreon page. We’d already seen and a mysterious acronym, B5:TRH. He also told the world last August that the entire project has long been finished — which means the writer’s strike shouldn’t affect it one bit — and that it won’t debut , which begins July 20th.
Here are some of the best hype tweets he’s whipped up in the intervening months:
I consider Babylon 5 a foundational part of my nerd education, one that surpassed Star Wars and Star Trek because it felt more real, with evolving characters and deep political intrigue that still feels relevant today.
And while it hasn’t traditionally been celebrated with the same fan fervor, it’s an incredibly influential piece of TV — it arguably single-handedly pioneered TV shows that told their stories across an entire planned series rather than resetting the agenda every episode. Lost and the Battlestar Galactica reboot get some credit for that, but both Damon Lindelof and Ronald D. Moore. And don’t get me started on whether Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a ripoff that JMS pitched.
I’m very interested to see how JMS weaves a compelling story with the remaining Babylon 5 cast. While he famously built “trapdoors” into every season of the original show in case his actors dropped out, a surprising number of the cast died following the end of the series, including Andreas Katsulas (G’Kar), Mira Furlan (Delenn), Jerry Doyle (Garibaldi), Richard Biggs (Dr. Franklin), Michael O’ Hare (Sinclair), and Stephen Furst (Vir). We wrotewhen he died in 2017.