This week at San Diego Comic-Con Star Wars: The Clone Wars celebrated its 10th anniversary with a panel. While this panel was expected to be a look to the past, it was a happy surprise when it pivoted to look forward. During the panel, Dave Filoni announced that Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be returning. There will be 12 new episodes available on the new Disney streaming service sometime next year! This will finish a story that is widely viewed as being unfinished after the show was canceled in 2013.
History of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars takes place been Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. It tells the story of the war that is originally referenced in Star Wars: A New Hope by Princess Leia. The show included known characters like Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. It also introduced some new characters that quickly became fan favorites. Ashoka Tano, Anakin’s padawan, and Captain Rex who often reported to Anakin Skywalker or Ashoka Tano. Throughout the course of the show, not only did it fill in the gaps of the movies, it also explored the nature of the Force. In 2013 the show was canceled with its final six episodes being sent to Netflix.
After the cancelation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Disney and Lucasfilm turned its attention towards Star Wars Rebels. This animated show began to fill the gap between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope. This also became quite popular and brought in familiar characters along with new ones. However, fans have always yearned for the completion of the story for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars at San Diego Comic-Con
Dave Filoni was joined for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars panel by Athena Portillo, Ahsoka voice actress Ashley Eckstein, Anakin Skywalker voice actor Matt Lanter, and series composer Kevin Keiner. Together, they looked back at the production of this animated show. Towards the end of the panel, Dave Filoni noted that it was rarely a week where he didn’t get a request to save The Clone Wars on Twitter. The panel was closed out as he showed those in attendance a trailer for the now saved show. This was accompanied with the hashtag #CloneWarsSaved.
The return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be focusing on the siege of Mandalore. This is a major battle at the end of the Clone Wars. It has already been documented in E.K. Johnston’s YA novel Ahsoka. This battle had the Republic forces going up against an army led by Maul. The show will also apparently feature Anakin and Ashoka meeting again after her departure in the fifth season of the show.
Fan reaction to the return of this show was immediate and enthusiastic. The internet soon lit up with #CloneWarsSaved as fans watched and shared the trailer.
Disney’s Streaming Service
Disney’s streaming service will be available sometime in 2019. When it was announced, Bob Iger shared that this direct-to-consumer television service would include more new Star Wars offerings. Already it is known that Jon Favreau is working on a live-action Star Wars television show. There is also a multitude of other movies and television shows in the works. The Disney streaming service should have 700 episodes for television and 500 movies. There could be even more with the acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
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