JABBA THE HUTT
Jabba the Hutt, famously a crime lord with many bounty hunters who work for him, was further developed during The Clone Wars. The Clone Wars fleshed out Jabba as a leader of the Hutt Cartel and even revealed that he had a child. Jabba and the Hutt Cartel were forced to join Darth Maul and his criminal syndicate during The Clone Wars, but they largely allied with the Republic during the war. However, he later allies with the Galactic Empire following the Death Star’s destruction.
Jabba could be an interesting character to bring into The Bad Batch for a number of reasons. With the Bad Batch on the run from the Empire and Jabba’s many bounty hunters, it wouldn’t be a shock that the Empire would use them to track down the Bad Batch. Jabba could also be a potential employer of the Bad Batch. With Jabba’s alliance with the Republic still so fresh and not having allied himself with the Empire yet, he’s an intriguing potential character to bring into the Bad Batch’s story.
In Clone Wars it was revealed that Darth Maul survived his light saber duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace. He regained his power and built a criminal syndicate, the Shadow Collective, during Clone Wars seasons 5-7. And Solo revealed that Maul is in control of the Crimson Dawn, which was once a part of his syndicate, while the Empire is in power. Sam Witwer the actor who voices Darth Maul in Clone Wars and Rebels revealed in 2020 that he had seen the animation and knows “where the story begins for the first several episodes” which could point to him possibly making an appearance.
Exploring Darth Maul’s power within the criminal underworld in The Bad Batch is an exciting possibility. There are likely two scenarios where Maul could come into play with the Bad Batch. Either the clones take a job for Maul, leading down a potentially morally grey path for the characters and even more trouble with the Empire. Alternatively, the Bad Batch could take a job working against Maul, either purposefully or not, and getting themselves on the Force users’ radar. Either option isn’t likely to have a good outcome for the Bad Batch and Omega.
Anakin Skywalker worked with the Bad Batch alongside Rex to rescue Echo in the final season of Clone Wars. Darth Vader is not only a major villain in the original trilogy and Rogue One, he also makes memorable appearances throughout the second season of Rebels.
The Bad Batch is a chance to explore Darth Vader in the immediate aftermath of his transition from Jedi Anakin Skywalker to Sith Darth Vader. With The Bad Batch already diving into this new era of the Empire rising to power it could also dive into some of the other areas of how they gained power and eliminated threats like the Inquisitors who work for Vader.
The Bad Batch has already begun exploring the vast universe that Star Wars has created with the characters and the time period that the series is exploring. The Clone Wars not only introduced a number of new characters, it further developed and explored many already existing characters, fleshing them out and making them more interesting. The Bad Batch feels like the perfect opportunity to continue developing these characters, especially with the Star Wars story continuing to expand beyond The Bad Batch with other Disney Plus series, like The Mandalorian and The Book Of Boba Fett.
The first three episodes of The Bad Batch and all seven seasons of Clone Wars are available now on Disney Plus. Which other Clone Wars characters do you want to see as potential enemies of The Bad Batch? Are there any other Star Wars characters who didn’t appear on Clone Wars that you’d like to see appear on The Bad Batch? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media.