Brand new episodes of Star Wars Rebels return in January 2016. After the series went on a mid-season break earlier in December, fans tuned into Disney XD to watch the Star Wars Rebels marathon. A new clip of the upcoming second half of the season aired during the marathon, part of which can be seen in the promotional ad below.
Mandalorian Protectors will be making an appearance in a future episode. In Legends content, the Protectors were an organization comprised of Mandalorian police and former members of Death Watch. The main Protector leading the space fight against Hera and Sabine sounds a lot like Kevin McKidd, who was announced to be the voice of a new Mandalorian character. And as previously seen in the Star Wars Rebels trailer from New York Comic Con, Sabine’s Mandalorian past catches up to her as she challenges another Mandalorian (McKidd’s character, perhaps) to single combat.
McKidd recently attended the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere and later went on to tweet, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens is truly amazing! Epic and wonderful! So proud to be part of this galaxy in Star Wars Rebels.”
Screen, animation, and comic writer Christopher Yost joined the season three writing staff for Star Wars Rebels. Yost has worked as a writer on numerous projects, including Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and Wolverine and the X-Men.
Earlier in December, Clone Corridor briefly interviewed season one storyboard artist Douglas Lovelace about his experience working on the show. IGN also interviewed Ashley Eckstein about how Ahsoka has changed and her inevitable confrontation with Darth Vader. Simon Kinberg also spoke to IGN at the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where he mentioned that it’d be great to see Rebels characters transfer over to live action in other Star Wars content.
Animation production company Golden Wolf works with Disney XD to create idents (short identification clips with the channel’s logo) to help promote a handful of their most popular shows, including Star Wars Rebels. The latest promotional spot, produced and directed by Golden Wolf, uses “The Ghost Remix” by Flux Pavilion.
Eva Wildermann joined the artist team of the Rebels comic from the official Star Wars Rebels Magazine. Her first comic appeared in the December 23 release (issue #13) in Germany.
“I’m thrilled the release coincides with the new Star Wars movie,” she wrote in the news section of her website. “Look out for more to come in 2016!”
Left: Issue #13 of the Star Wars Rebels Magazine. Right: Wildermann’s character pitch. (Photos: Eva Wildermann)
Unfortunately, Marvel’s ongoing Kanan comic book series will come to an end with issue #12. Writer Greg Weisman confirmed it on Twitter when a fan pointed out a particular line from the solicitation, “The look into the past of the former Jedi concludes here!” It’s sad to see a great Star Wars comic get pulled from the shelves, especially when it had great writing and art. Kanan #12 is scheduled to be released in March.
A minor Star Wars Rebels detail appeared in the supplemental material related to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. According to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, Admiral Statura (portrayed by Ken Leung) “was only a teenager when the war against the Empire ended, but he had already faced combat in trying to liberate his homeworld of Garel. He is pragmatic and technically minded, and was pursuing a career in applied sciences when General Organa recruited him as a commander of ship procurement and logistics in the Resistance.”
Finally, Dave Filoni recently shared two pieces of Star Wars Rebels art. The first captured the excitement of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens world premiere and the second was in the form of a holiday greeting card.
(Photos: Dave Filoni)