With a new streaming service, we’re seeing the first-ever live-action Megaman battle, and the cast and crew are doing their best to bring it to life.
Watch the full trailer for Megaman Battles here.
Megaman: Battle Network, an ARI-sponsored streaming service that brings the franchise to fans of the series, launched this past Friday.
It’s a series of two episodes that will debut in 2018.
We’ve had the chance to sit down with producer John Musker and the crew of Battle Network to learn more about how the show got started, the new season of the Battle Network series, and more.
What’s the story behind the Battle Channel series?
John Muskers: The Megaman series started off with me, a guy who loves video games, working at a movie theater, playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on his old NES.
When the video game industry came out, we got all these new consoles and everything, and we were like, “Oh, we’ve got to start doing something.”
We didn’t know what, but we knew we wanted to do something.
And so we went to the office and we brainstormed and we did it.
Then, after that, I was just so excited that we were starting this new series.
It was a real passion project for us, and it was an honor to do it.
So we started the series a couple years ago, and I’m so happy with how it’s turned out.
We’re very proud of it.
It has been a tremendous journey, and now we’re just really excited to get going.
We know we’ve done a great job.
What were some of the challenges you faced during production?
We’ve been fortunate in the past to have really good casting and crew.
They have a great sense of humor.
They were the ones that helped us figure out what we needed to do, and how we needed it.
We just knew what we were going to do with it.
Did you have any particular challenges that made you want to go in this direction?
We have an amazing cast and a really talented crew.
I think the most important thing for us was just that we needed a fresh perspective on the world of megaman.
That’s why we’re going with this.
We were really excited that the casting team and the writers were really passionate about what we wanted the series to be, and so we were excited to see what they had to say.
We have the freedom to create something new and different than anything we’ve ever done before.
How have you been able to keep the original cast intact?
We had a lot of conversations with them, and they were all so incredibly passionate about this project.
I had a really great relationship with them.
It took some time to figure out exactly how we wanted them to play Megaman.
They are so talented.
I mean, they are amazing people, and a lot has been said about how they did this project so well.
We don’t have that same kind of trust or respect.
We need to do things differently, but that’s the way it works, and that’s what we’re trying to do.
It is not easy, and some of these guys are incredibly talented, but they are also very demanding.
So that’s something we try to keep in mind when we are casting.
How did the Megamen show come to be?
John: It started with a lot more than just our two guys.
There were two other cast members who really did contribute to the idea.
The first one was the writer of the original show, Matt Wagner.
He was a very big part of this project and we all owe him a lot for the work that he did.
The second one was our producer, John Muskes.
He’s been such a part of the Megamean brand and his vision for the series was such a big part.
He brought a lot to the table.
The idea that we could be a little bit different was something that we really wanted to make sure that our audience was able to experience.
How do you think the Megami series has influenced the Battle Networks series?
We were very fortunate to have the support of both Matt Wagner and John Muske, and all of us, including Matt, have been really excited by this new vision.
So, we have an incredible team working on this project, and in the last couple of years, we haven’t seen any of these shows come out as they should.
We all look forward to seeing how this all plays out.
What is the biggest difference between the BattleNetwork and BattleChannel series?
Well, in the BattleChannel, you’re playing as a Megaman, and you get to fight all the big bads like Diamon and the Gigantic, which is the Mega Man and Megaman team from the original Battle.
In the BattleNet, you can play as a generic Megaman