Matt Ryan stole the hearts of comic fans with his portrayal of John Constantine, from the show Constantine NBC aired in 2014. The series, which was based on the Hellblazer comics, saw John and his cohorts battling the evils of ‘the Rising Darkness’, protecting the innocent from the paranormal, occult, and that which goes bump in the night. While the show was well received by fans of the comics and of superhero shows, it was cancelled after one season due to not making the numbers NBC has come to expect from their shows; fans, however, were adamant that the character return as played by Matt Ryan. There were petitions, hashtag campaigns, and even Stephen Amell of Arrow made a push (resulting in Constantine guest starring on an episode of the green archer’s show). Now CW has picked up the rights to the show (along with Supergirl from CBS)—though if they will revive it remains to be seen. While we wait for more news on the hopeful revival of the show in some capacity, we have a nice adventure to fill in the gap: the new, animated version of Justice League Dark. (more…)
If there is one thing Warner Bros/ DC does better than Marvel, its their animated universe. From Flashpoint, The Dark Knight Returns, Young Justice, and everything in between, they absolutely knock it out of the park. This is not to say Marvel isn’t any good but the sheer volume of quality animated movies and shows that DC puts out is way ahead of anything Marvel has been doing. DC also treats their animated projects with much more brevity than kid friendly stuff Marvel does on Disney XD. For every Spider-Man or Super Hero Squad, there is Justice League Doom or All Star Superman. Sufficed to say, fans are eager to know what’s next.
During their Comic-Con panel, they officially announced three animated films that are currently underway…
Originally airing on September 10, 1984, Voltron: Defender of the Universe was the first Voltron series, heavily edited from the more gruesome Beast King GoLion from Japan. The basic premise — five robots combine into one to fight evil. 30 sum years later, the property is still going strong – even after failed revivals like 1998’s Voltron: The Third Dimension (which most fans despise) and 2011’s Voltron Force (which fans just didn’t watch at all). But Voltron is back in full force, thanks to Dreamworks Animation and Netflix Voltron reboot: Voltron Legendary Defender. The 11 episode rebootening which hit earlier this summer, tells of Voltron second coming – with 5 unlikely Teenagers transported from Earth to become pilots for ancient robotic lions during an intergalactic war.
Legendary Defender sparks the child within all. It does what it was meant to do, bridging the 80’s 90’s till this generation. It also bring’s the giant super robot genre back to a lighter perspective. The Voltron Force is a bright rag tag crew learning to work together as they face dark elements. It’s a rework of the original story and characters but it, well, works! Fans are digging it big time. And right now, the conversation is “where the hell is season 2?” (more…)
Life is like a hurricane in Duckberg, and nobody knows it better than Scrooge McDuck; the millionaire codger was a character children fell in love with while watching Disney’s Saturday morning classic, DuckTales. The show premiered in 1987, and was so successful that it led to a feature film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, and two highly successful video games (one of which was remastered not too long ago). DuckTales (and spin-offs DarkWing Duck and Quack Pack) has since remained a nerdy fan favorite (even resulting in some disturbing deconstructions). Last year, Disney realized how sorely the franchise was missed, and moved ahead to revive the show with a reboot on Disney XD. Now, we’re getting our first glimpse in poster form. (more…)
When Disney bought Lucasfilm, there were aftershocks felt throughout the Star Wars fandom. One of the biggest was when Disney declared the Expanded Star Wars Universe material, all the books and games written between the time of the original films and the prequels, to be non-canon. Naming everything that came under that banner as Star Wars Legends. All those stories and characters, beloved by many fans and an important part of fans lives between the drought of time between the movie trilogies were stripped away. Now one of the most iconic of those characters is back, back in a big way. (more…)
Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters hits theaters in a couple months. The studio behind it, Sony Pictures, is doing everything they can to have the launch of this film usher in a new era for the franchise. One that meets or exceeds the significance and lasting output of the original 80s movies and all the merchandising and other media they spawned. They want it so much, that they are retreading previous extensions of the product. A recent example would be the resurrection of Ecto-Cooler; a sugary tangerine flavored drink made by Hi-C, which made its way into kids lunch boxed from the mid 80s and lasted while until the mid- 90s. It had Slimer on the box art and tasted like diabetes. And now its back!
Aside from the obvious assortment of new toys and clothing lines and what not, what else from the well will Sony pull from? How about another Ghostbusters cartoon… (more…)
There’s more exciting news out of the Annecy Festival D’Animation in France. Back n December there was an announcement that Genndy Tartakovsky‘s Samurai Jack was making its way back on to television. Now we’ve got our hands on some promotional art for the new series. The Prime Time Emmy winning series will be hitting Cartoon Network during Adult Swim‘s Toonami block of programming. Let’s take a look. (more…)
In early September 1992, Fox debuted Batman, now universally known as Batman: The Animated Series. The show took off where Tim Burton’s Batman left off: a dark, art-deco world of the Dark Knight filled with the usual rogue’s gallery (and then some). From its very debut, Batman changed the world of the caped crusader forever. It altered the way countless kids saw Batman and to this day is the definitive version of the character for many. But just how influential was this era of Batman?
KaptainKristian‘s new video essay makes the case that Batman: The Animated Series contains “the quintessential portrayal of The Dark Knight” and explains, in thoughtful detail, what master strokes in design, story telling, and psychology creators Paul Dini and Bruce Timm used to craft this genre defining version of Batman; and what a lasting cultural impact its had. (more…)
If by some chance you didn’t make it to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week, and there’s probably a few of you who didn’t, characters for the upcoming television series ‘Justice League Action’ were revealed at Kre8tif!. The annual conference which focuses on the world of animation, VFX, and licensing/marketing, gave fans the first look at the upcoming DC Comics series scheduled to air this fall. (more…)