Expanding any franchise’s universe can always bring consequences. With so many different writers attempting to craft stories with the same characters, there's bound to be a few discrepancies. However, a recent Bad Batch retcon has particularly confused fans.
A recent issue in the Star Wars universe, this new Bad Batch retcon cuts out a piece of prequel lore. However, a Lucasfilm executive has told fans not to worry about this retcon as its just one side of the story.
What is the Bad Batch retcon?
Star Wars' Bad Batch retcon occurs during the first episode of Disney's new series. The show's recent premiere recreated the horrendous events of Order 66, Palpatine's command for the clone army to kill the Jedi.
In the premiere, fans see a recreated storyline from the canon Star Wars comic Kanan. This comic follows the Jedi Master Depa Billaba and Padawan Caleb Dume. However, the new show excludes multiple events from the original version.
These two conflicting versions of events have led fans to question what the real canon is. Does the original Marvel storyline take precedent over Disney's new adaptation? Are they both somehow the true version? Well, we now have an answer.
Following a popular thread on the discrepancies of canon, Lucasfilm executive Pablo Hidalgo explained that both versions of the canon are true. However, they are true in the vein of history books. While both are true, adaptations may push or dramatise different versions of that truth.
“If you want, one way to square this circle is the history textbook version of events “persons X and Y where on planet B when A occurred” is the canon; a fictional expression of it is potentially dramatized and embellished for its medium. Your space mileage may vary,” Hidalgo wrote on Twitter.
“Did a talk about this at the Seattle Film Summit a few years back showing how different various versions of Luke destroying the Death Star are across retellings, yet where they agree is what we accept happened. Where they differ is dramatically important but historically not.”
Star Wars has always pushed itself as a retelling of mythology. After all, it's a story from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. However, as far as Star Wars retcons go, this is far from the largest in the series. Remember Rey Palpatine?