Yesterday, Deadline reported news revealed at the Guadalajara International Film Festival regarding details for Batman Azteca: Choque de Imperios (Aztec Batman: Clash of Empires), an animated feature-length film from Warner Bros. Animation and DC in partnership with Anima and Chatrone that will imagine the Dark Knight in ancient Mesoamerica.
Here’s how Batman Azteca is described:
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.
Actor Horacio Garcia Rojas voices the lead character of Yohualli Coatl. Juan Meza-León (Harley Quinn) serves as director, with José C. García de Letona, Aaron D. Berger, Carina Schulze and Fernando De Fuentes as producers of the film. Batman Azteca will be produced entirely in Mexico, feature local talent and showcase the region’s abundant art. Sam Register and Tomás Yankelevich serve as executive producers.
Alejandro Díaz 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.