On Monday night at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, HBO Max Latin America announced Batman Azteca: Choque de Imperios (Aztec Batman: Clash of Empires). Set in Mexico during the time of the Conquistadores, the Spanish-language animated film will focus heavily on Mesoamerican culture.
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.
This comes as part of HBO Max Latin America’s goal to create original projects relevant to the region. They are partnering alongside Chatrone and Mexican animation studio Anima to produce the movie entirely within Mexico, featuring local talent. Juan Meza-León (Harley Quinn) is directing, and Horacio Garcia Rojas stars as Yohualli Coatl. Alejandro Díaz Barriga will act as an expert on Mesoamerican studies and the ethnic history of Mexico and the Andean region to ensure that the indigenous culture is properly represented in the film.