Whoa, guys. Whoa. Watching this teaser for Darth Maul‘s return on Star Wars: The Clone Wars gave me chills. All the awesome of Maul that was promised and not delivered in Episode I, is here.
Tell me that didn’t get you pumped for this new arc on Clone Wars!? My favorite story line last year was learning about the Nightsisters and Nightbrothers on Dathomir, Maul’s homeworld. An excellent part of Clone Wars has been exploring the notion that not only Jedi and Sith can wield the power of the Force. And with that knowledge I just know the battles between Maul, Obi-Wan, Ventress, Savage Opress, Grievous and Dooku are going to be incredible!
Here’s a quick setup for the season ending arc from USA Today,
In the upcoming Clone Wars arc, General Grievous launches an attack on Maul’s homeworld of Dathomir, and Mother Talzin of the Nightsisters has told Savage Opress (voiced by Clancy Brown) about Darth Maul, sending Opress on a quest to find his long-lost brother.
And you can see how it’ll play out in the above trailer. Dave Filoni, the director of Clone Wars, also shared a few things that’ll be different about Maul upon his return. For one, you probably noticed it in the trailer, but he’s got mechanical legs! Filoni said the story of how he survived bisection will be dark and dramatic and that his face-off with Obi-Wan will have, “a lot of want for revenge in his mind, what he’s been thinking about through what must have been a terrible trial.” And sadly, he won’t have the duel-bladed lightsaber, but only a fragment of what’s left. Kind of like his mind. Sam Witwer, who’ll be voicing Maul in Clone Wars, talked about the crazy mess Maul’s become in an article we shared earlier.
Darth Maul returns on Star Wars: The Clone WarsMarch 9th.
USA Today also has a clip from the first episode of the four part finale,
Recently we’ve been talking a lot about Episode I, what with its new 3D release and all, and almost universally there is one thing everyone agrees upon as being the best part of The Phantom Menance: Darth Maul. Sure, he’s on screen for something like 20 minutes and is then, somewhat laughably, cut in half and sent down an exhaust shaft, but when you look back at Episode I trying to rationalize why you might have, at one point in time, liked it, you pull out, “Darth Maul was cool.”
And he was, still is, cool. And he’s back. Friday, March 9th Darth Maul returns on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. We’ve learned so much about Maul since Episode I. We’ve learned about his planet, Dathomir and the clans of warrior Nightbrothers and Nightsister witches. We’ve learned he has brothers, Savage Opress and Feral, and now Savage and Maul are having a family reunion.
Maul is voiced by Sam Witwer of Being Human fame and while yes, I’m slightly disappointed Ray Park couldn’t record just a few more lines what I’ve heard of Witwer is perfect. Besides, Park was Maul because he had the moves, that’s slightly less necessary in animation. [Edit: Oops, as a commentor below points out, Park didn’t record Maul’s voice, but rather Peter Serafinowicz provided the voice-over in Episode I. Mea culpa.] Below you can check out a video of Witwer discussing what direction their taking Maul in as well as him recording along with Clancy Brown (Savage Opress). Oh, and a tiny snippet of a clip.
Crazy Maul sounds awesome! I love the idea he’s become this deranged madman hellbent on revenge against Obi-wan. It’s genius, and Witwer brings not only a great voice talent but a lot of his own great ideas. Witwer is no stranger to Star Wars, either. A self-professed fan he’s also voiced The Son in “The Mortis Trilogy” on Clone Wars as well as Starkiller in The Force Unleashed.