Juan Meza-León to Direct Animated Film “Batman Azteca: Choque de Imperios” for HBO Max Latin America

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.

Juan Meza-León The streamer will launch the Dark Knight story Batman Azteca: Choque de Imperios.

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.

Fuentes’ Death of Artemio Cruz to be Brought to Life

The Death Of Artemio Cruz, the novel by the late Carlos Fuentes, may soon be brought to life.

Chatrone LLC has optioned the film and television rights to the novel by the late Mexican writer, who passed away in March at the age of 83.

Carlos FuentesFuentes’ novel, considered the author’s masterpiece, was at the center of the Latin “Boom” movement in the world of literature in the late 80s. The novel is basically a deathbed confession by the title character as he looks back on his corrupt and sordid life and how he evolved from idealistic revolutionary to successful businessman and exploiter of the people and the ideals he once fought for. The book won the Cervantes Prize in 1987.

The Death of Artemio Cruz

“Artemio’s story is compelling because it embodies the history and struggles of Latin America,” says Chatrone’s Carina Schulze, who is developing both TV and film treatments with Aaron D. Berger. “We are pleased to obtain the opportunity to bring the story to the big screen and other media, and we have high expectations for the project as it unfolds.”

Schulze and Berger are currently producing the animated feature, Day Of The Dead, which will be directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo Del Toro.