Juan Meza-León is bringing Batman south of the border…
HBO Max Latin America has ordered an original animated feature-length film, directed by the 44-year-old Mexican filmmaker, that takes the DC Comics character to Mexico.
The animated feature comes from Warner Bros. Animation and DC in partnership with Anima and Chatrone.
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.
In addition Meza-León serving as director, the film also features José C. García de Letona, Aaron D. Berger, Carina Schulze and Fernando De Fuentes as producers.
The film 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.