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Spotify’s Exclusive ‘Batman Unburied’ Podcast Finally Debuts May 3

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Spotify’s long-promised Batman podcast is almost here. The streamer has announced that DC Comics and Warner Bros.’ Batman don’t bury will debut worldwide on May 3, with a trailer give a hint of what to expect. In the show, Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl) seeks the help of The Riddler to understand why Bruce Wayne can’t remember his Batman role and, hopefully, convince him to fight a serial killer who is destroying Gotham City.

Winston Duke (M’Baku in Black Panther) plays Bruce Wayne in the English podcast. Other stars include John Rhys-Davies, Lance Reddick (John Wick), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Ashly Burch (Horizon Forbidden West), among other things. Spotify also promises localized versions and actors for Brazil, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and Mexico.

The release comes nearly two years after Spotify first signed a multi-year deal with DC and Warner Bros. unveiled to produce exclusive podcasts, and about a year and a half after the companies released early details of Batman don’t bury† It’s not clear what caused the long wait, but the news reflects some sort of catching up to do as Spotify’s podcast deals are finally becoming a reality. Meghan Markle’s first podcast series, for example, arrives almost two years after she and Prince Harry struck a deal on Spotify.

Whatever the reasons behind the wait, Batman don’t bury could be an important moment for Spotify. It could, of course, show whether the DC-Warner partnership was worth it, but it could also indicate whether Spotify’s quest for exclusive podcasts was worth the delays and sometimes serious problems.

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