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July 24, 2009

‘Clone Wars’ season two to be darker, more violent

Clone-wars Season two of Cartoon Network’s “Clone Wars” will be more for grown ups than the first, says series supervising director Dave Filoni at Comic-Con.

“We had to develop the series and started it like typical cartoon,” Filoni said.

But by the end of the first season, the team had started taking the show in a different direction, with less of "the 'Roger-Roger battle droid'" stuff and is now planning to embrace a style that's more similar to the feature films.

“For season two, we made it a lot more intense," he said. "Little more violent. The villains are evil ... we have to kill Jedi ... people start losing limbs in season two.”

In season one, LucasFilm outlawed putting bounty hunters into the show. That changes big time in season two, with franchise fan favorite Boba Fett coming in.

Filoni notes that for all his immense reputation, fans never really got to see Fett do all that much action in the Star Wars films, except "get his gun cut in half by Luke." 

Other bounty hunters include Bossk (the lizard-thing with the big toenails in "Empire Strikes Back") and a new villain named Bane, who's based on the film persona of classic spaghetti Western star Lee van Cleef. In terms of animation, the show will feature more water (which is tricky to animated) as well as lava, when the action shifts to Mustafar.

"In season two you're going to unlearn a lot of what you have learned about 'Star Wars' in general," Filoni said. 

Also, "Clone Wars" season one comes out on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 3, including directors cut extended versions of seven of the episodes.

UPDATE: Here's the trailer!


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