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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…

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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…)

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Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke is known for many things; a plausible and respected origin story for The Joker, realistic artwork (pushed into the realms of awe inspiring with Bolland’s recolouring,) a classic battle between Batman and the Clown Prince of Crime, and an ambiguous ending that leaves audiences reeling for more. There is one thing however, that stands out from everything else: The stark violence almost stings the retinas of even the most desensitized reader and there was always a question as to whether or not the new animated adaptation could hold up to the novel’s lead. Particularly with it being animated, the violence could have been toned down. Well have no fear, there is good news for fans that paid for blood! (more…)

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One bad day… That’s all it took Alan Moore and Brian Bolland to turn an average Joe into one of  comic books’ greatest and most psychotic villains. The Joker has had multiple incarnations in print,  video game and on screen but very few have attempted to reveal his undoubtedly twisted origin story. The Killing Joke, whether you agree with giving the Joker an origin story or not, is one of the  definitive Batman and Joker comics to date. It still resonates with audiences new and old, even as it  enters its 28th year in print. And this summer, some of the cast and crew of Batman: The Animated  Series are getting the band back together to bring Moore and Bolland’s iconic graphic novel to life. (more…)

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Widely regarded as the definitive origin story of The Joker, Batman: The Killing Joke is as about as intense as one-shot graphic novels get. When it comes to the animated adaptation, however, it seems to come up a bit lacking. Lead animator on the project, Bruce Timm, revealed in an interview with Comicbook.com that supplemental plot elements will be added to flesh the story out into a more film-appropriate format. Read on for more details about the project and the video of Timm’s interview. (more…)

SDCC15: ‘The Killing Joke’ to Become Animated in 2016

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Here’s a bizarre piece of news, they want to make The Killing Joke a cartoon. The seminal 1988 graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland remains a touchstone, a standout amongst the thousands of stories about Batman to unfold over his nearly 80 year history. It was an inspiration for Tim Burton when he made Batman in 1989, and to Christopher Nolan when he made The Dark Knight in 2008, but now it’s going to be its own movie, and in animation form. Amongst the upcoming slate of DC Comics Animated films to be released in the next year, it’s been officially confirmed that one of them will be The Killing Joke. (more…)

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The Justice League is goin’ dark! No, this is not another non-story about how Guillermo del Toro still wants to make a movie based on Justice League Dark in the midst of his exceptionally busy schedule, and no, this is not a reference to the Zack Snyder live-action Justice League movie that’s supposed to follow-up 2016’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Nope, in this instance we’re looking to the animated realm, and a new limited series called Justice League: Gods & Monsters Chronicles which will lead up to the 2015 release of Justice League: Gods & Monsters, a new animated film from an original script by Alan Burnett.  And yes, sources say that this new JL is going to have a darker spin than past incarnations. Yay? (more…)